Hello, Northwest Hills,
As many of you have likely heard, Benton county has been approved for Phase 2 reopening. The Phase 2 reopening in Oregon allows for us to have limited in-person gatherings (services). We will be following the State of Oregon guidelines and best practices which for us means:
- We can have up to 100 people per service.
- Face coverings will be required for everyone over 2 years old.Children will need to stay with their family units and therefore there will be no childcare or kids’ classes.
- There will be limited singing participation.
- If you have a pre-existing health condition or are in a high-risk category we encourage you to continue to participate via our online services.
We understand that these conditions for gathering are not ideal. But, the risks related to Coronavirus are still real and we want to be a responsible member of our community. We appreciate your cooperation with these conditions for participation.
Until we can resume gathering together without restrictions we will continue to provide full online services. Starting on June 21 we will have two services on Sunday mornings at 9am and 11am. We encourage you to arrive up to 10 minutes before the service starts so that we have plenty of time to get everyone settled while maintaining social distancing.
For those of you with young children…you are welcome to bring the whole family to these services. We will be adjusting the service to be a bit more kid friendly and we will provide activity packets for kids. If you would like, you are welcome to bring an electronic device and headphones so that your children can watch the kids’ church video during the service. There will also be a separate room available where the service will be streamed if you need to allow your child to move around a bit.
We have created an online survey asking if you plan to attend any of the services in June. If you haven’t had a chance to fill out the survey yet, we ask that you please do so. You can access the survey here and get up-to-date information on services for each week at nwhills.com. This information is helping us to accommodate allowing as many of you as possible who want to attend a service. After the first two weeks we will evaluate if we need to modify our service types or times.
We are looking forward to seeing you face to face in the coming weeks.
The church office is open to the public. Our goal is to have someone available in the office Monday-Thursday, 9am-3pm. Because we are operating on reduced office staff hours, there may be periods when the office is closed even during the scheduled hours. Therefore we encourage you to call the office (541-758-7688) ahead of a visit to ensure that someone will be here to assist you. We appreciate your understanding if we miss you.
Please continue to pray along with us for our government and community leaders to make wise decisions and that the spread of Covid 19 will be held in check. Also pray for our health care workers, essential workers, and those who have been directly impacted by the effects of the virus.
We look forward to seeing more of you as time goes on!
-Your Ministry Staff