Our GEMS ministry went completely virtual this year. We met for Theme and Badge nights using Google Meets (since most kids are familiar with it due to stints of virtual school). Our attendance was pretty much the same as when we were “live” in the past!
Our GEMS leaders did a weekly Bible study via Google Meets, which grew into a second Bible study that included more women in our congregation. and, I suspect this is a practice that will continue! This was so fantastic– it allowed a demographic of women who otherwise were not part of small groups or unable to attend ministries like CoffeeBreak the opportunity to grow spiritually and relationally despite restrictions.
Our pastor and his wife also ran a virtual book study via Zoom in the fall.
Last year, our grads lost their traditional grad ceremonies. We got them together in social distance style, dressed in their formalwear and took socially distanced photos. We put these into a video celebrating them and letting the congregation know what their plans (for gr. 12 grads) were for the fall. This was given to grad families and live-streamed for the congregation during a worship service.
I believe there’s more room for creative responses– I’d like to host a virtual trivia night . . . if anyone has any tips and tricks for this, let me know!