COVID-19 Youth Gathering Guidelines
Wood River First United Methodist Church
Parents/Guardians of youth participating in Youth Gatherings:
Please complete the 2020-2021 Youth Information /Liability Form before participating in youth ministry.
If your youth wants to invite a friend, please have their parents/guardians fill out the forms.
We are kicking off our Youth Ministry and we are looking forward to gathering in-person.
We want to provide a space for our youth to CONNECT with God and each other to make an IMPACT in their lives.
We will gather and often have meals together. We will notify families that we will be suspending in-person gathering, if we feel COVID-19 numbers are at a concerning level.  We will be following the below policies as we gather and we ask all participants, volunteers, parents, and youth, to adhere to the below guidelines for gathering during this time.

    Please discuss these guidelines with your youth before they attend.

    • Facemasks are required inside the building or when riding in a vehicle with people other than your family. While eating, masks may be removed, but social distancing will be practiced. If masks are forgotten, we have masks available at the church.
    • Facemasks may be removed when outside and able to maintain social distancing.
    • If a volunteer or student is not able to wear a mask due to a medical condition, we ask that you talk to the pastor prior to the event.
    • High touch areas will be sanitized after youth ministry.
    Please monitor your health and if you are not feeling well or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, we ask that you refrain from attending youth ministry.

    If you suspect you may have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, we ask that you please refrain from attending Youth Gatherings until you are reasonably sure you did not contract the virus.
    Reporting and Notification:
    • If you or member of your family tests positive for COVID-19 and you have recently attended a Youth Gathering at the church, we ask that you immediately contact Pastor Trudy Hanke via email or phone.
    • We will send a notification to all participants that were present that same evening as the person who tested positive. We will not give out names but will inform families that on a MM/DD/YYYY a person at Youth Ministry tested positive for COVID-19.
    • Wood River UMC will not release names of individuals who have tested positive.


    I have read the above guidelines and agree.


    2020-2021 Youth Information /Liability Form

    Parent's Information:

    Parent's Name or Legal Guardian (required)

    Address (required)

    City (required)

    Cell Phone (required)

    Email (required)

    The best way to communicate youth events and gathering reminders:

    Person to call in case of Emergency: (required)

    Emergency Phone Number (required)


    Child(ren)s Information:

    Name: text firstchildname] Grade Fall of 2020

    Name: Grade Fall of 2020

    Name: Grade Fall of 2020

    Name: Grade Fall of 2020

    Name: Grade Fall of 2020

    Any medical conditions we should be aware of, such as allergies, etc? Please specify which child and what we should know.


    I hereby give permission to use my child's/children's photos for any promotional material including the church's website, Facebook page and newspaper. YesNo

    I give permission for my child/children to ride in a vehicle to youth events with an adult with valid driver’s license. YesNo


    I, the undersigned parent or guardian do hereby grant permission for (child's/children's name) to participate in the Youth Group Activities at the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) in Wood River. I hereby authorize the staff, leaders, and volunteers to obtain and consent to medical treatment for my child in case of injury or illness. I further hereby release and discharge the staff, leaders, and volunteers of the FUMC from any and all debts, judgments, or suits of any kind which may arise or be occasioned as a result of my child’s participation in the Youth Group Program.

    I further acknowledge and understand that by participating in this program, there is a possibility of physical illness or injury and my child is assuming the risk of such illness and injury by his/her participation. It is my understanding that payment of any medical bills will be paid by me or my insurance company.

    By entering my name below I agree to the statement above and understand that it is the same as signing a document: