* In accordance with our Safe Church policy all volunteers have Working With Children checks and additional safety checks.
4 December 2020
What if by January school is back, can GSF be held in the church building?
Unlike school, the GSF program comes under church restrictions during Covid 19. This means that density quotients and venue number limits would apply during GSF, and children and leaders would be required to socially distance. The auditorium at Bundy can hold a maximum of 73 people (based on 4 square metres per person) and unfortunately, this would not work for our usual GSF program.
How can I sign up to serve or be involved with the GSF Team?
If you are keen to be a part of the team, please fill out the Bundy Connect form found here.
Can I invite my friend/friend's children to attend?
We require registrations as we will be distributing craft materials before GSF begins, and will also arrange GSF Zoom groups in accordance with Safe Church practices (where only registered children will be allowed to join GSF Zoom, to prevent ‘zoom bombing’).
What if my child wants to attend GSF with their friends?
If government restrictions permit, consider inviting your child’s friends to your home to watch and take part in GSF together.
GSF online will contain a YouTube segment and Zoom discussion groups. Children will also be able to see their friends via the Zoom discussion groups (these will be allocated into age groups).
During Summer, mornings can be the prime time to be outside and catch up with others – can GSF online be run in the afternoon instead?
This feedback was considered after a trial run of GSF online in September. We decided to continue GSF online during 9.30am-11am due to the ‘freshness’ of kids to engage in the morning, and for consistency in kids participating in GSF this year (our GSF program has always run during the morning).
Is it possible to have GSF available on YouTube so that people can watch it later?
Yes, we will keep the GSF YouTube segments up during the week, though it is encouraged that kids watch the GSF videos at the designated time so that they can participate in the Zoom sessions afterwards.
GSF Zoom sessions will not be available to view/join after they have occurred.
Why were the GSF dates chosen?
GSF online will be held in the same week of January as per our GSF program in previous years.
These dates are chosen based on the school year, allowing time for our team to prepare and put together the program (some in our team have work/teaching commitments during the school term).
Do parents need to be present during GSF Zoom sessions?
No, but we do need written permission from each parent/guardian of the child, so that the child may participate in GSF Zoom.
If there are other children joining GSF in our home and we decide to run our own discussion group, will we need to follow the Safe Church practice of having 2 adults present?
You are welcome to arrange your own discussion group as a private arrangement, and discussion groups arranged at homes will not fall under Bundoora Presbyterian’s responsibility to oversee. We encourage you to think through how to conduct these arrangements in a manner that is above reproach, and we’re happy to give you guidance on this. We are also able to provide discussion questions and suggestions of games to play.
Please contact the GSF Team for further info: email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (03) 9017 9037.