As guidelines continue to change, the information on this page may not always be up to date. Currently, we are having one service at 10:00 am in our building. In addition to this gathered worship service, we will continue to livestream our services on Facebook. For those that would like to physically join us at the church for Sundays in the month of October, you can sign up at this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a49aaaa2eabff2-october. Please be sure to sign up for each person in your family if there is more than one person coming. We will create new sign-ups for Sundays in November as the first Sunday in that month approaches.
While we have returned to gathered services, we do want to strongly communicate that there are still risks with this virus. Because of this, we want to strongly encourage people to personally do what is best for themselves and their families as they determine whether to return to our gathered worship services. If you are sick or show various symptoms of illness (cough, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath), please stay home and self-isolate. As always we want to encourage people to follow the CDC and Oregon Health Authority guidelines. Practice good hygiene with frequent hand washing, cover coughs and sneezes with elbows or tissue, avoid touching your face, practice social distancing of at least six feet and use face masks or face coverings when in public. Per the most recent orders of the Governor of Oregon, masks will be required for all gatherings. We will have masks available if you should forget to bring one or don’t have one.
Obviously, there are lots of questions that come with this transition and to the best of our abilities, we have tried to address them below. Of greatest importance to me and our elders is to proceed with caution while consistently giving the greatest preference to love for others. If your questions are not answered here, please contact Pastor Gregg at the Church Office. We look forward to worshipping with you face to face even if it is at a distance!
Overview & Frequently Asked Questions
1. When do you foresee church returning to normal?
Currently, Clackamas County is in Phase 1 of Oregon’s Covid-19 response plan. This means that we can have up to 50 people within our building with appropriate social distancing in place. When our county moves to Phase 2 we will be able to have up to 100 people indoors as long as appropriate social distancing can be maintained. To our knowledge, there has been no communication from the State on Phase 3 restrictions or orders. Because of the confines of our building space and the need for social distancing we don’t see a return to “normal” for some time. At some level, in this time we want to begin to ask a larger question, whether or not our definitions of normal were good? If normal was the belief that our faith was solely defined by a two-hour worship service once per week then we don’t want to return to that. If normal was the belief that the church is an institution with a physical address, then we have missed the larger truth that the church is the people of God both gathered and scattered in their communities. Sometimes our desire to return to normal exposes idols that we value more than the things that God has called us to. In this season of upheaval and change, we want to encourage people to consider that normal has the potential to be both good or bad.
2. What will Service look like?
Services will be restricted to groups of up to 50 people with social distancing in place. Because we can’t accommodate 50 people in our sanctuary with the necessary 6-foot distancing, some who attend will be moved to our Fireside room where they will participate with the service via the online stream to Facebook. Beyond this and other things noted below, we hope the service will look largely like it has in the past. There will be corporate singing, preaching, and prayers. The offering will be collected through an offering box placed in the Foyer (though we continue to encourage people to give online), and communion will be served on the first Sunday of the month. We will also continue to stream our services online. We will not be having snacks after the service until our county moves to Phase 2. There will be hand-sanitizer available and hopefully masks for those who may want one. Contact surfaces will be wiped down before and after services with disinfectant.
3. Will there be Children’s Ministry or Sunday School?
At this time, there will be no Children’s Ministry or Sunday School. We will be evaluating the return of these things as Clackamas County moves to Phase 2.
4. How do I sign up to attend?
For all Sundays in October sign up at this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a49aaaa2eabff2-october. There will be a different link for Sundays in November as the first Sunday in that month approaches. You will be required to include an email and are also encouraged to leave a phone number in the event that someone unknowingly comes to the service infected. We want to be able to quickly communicate this to all who were present.
5. Will masks be required?
Per the orders of the Governor for the state of Oregon, masks are required for any indoor activity at this time. Masks are required for any outdoor activity if social distancing of 6 feet or more cannot be maintained. Masks will be made available if you should forget to bring one or don’t have one. We recognize that the wearing of masks is one that everyone has an opinion on, and whatever decision we make someone will be frustrated. We want to largely encourage people to wear masks as a way to love those who are most at risk.
6. I have more questions!
Contact Pastor Gregg via email or by phone at the Church Office.