Welcome back! Here's how we plan to resume in-person services at Outward.

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Pastor Matt on how we will approach reopening Outward

Phased Reopening Plan (click to enlarge)


Answers to questions you may be asking.

When will in-person gatherings resume?

Update (6/18/20) - we will open Sunday, June 21!

We are closely following developments regarding the health of our community and State of Oregon guidelines. We want to gather as soon as we safely can, and in accordance with what is allowed.

Due to the size of our in-person gatherings, at this point we are planning on a Phase II reopening with multiple Sunday services at 9am and 11am. This means as soon as Marion County is cleared to enter Phase II, we will plan to meet on Sunday.

Will I need to reserve a seat?

Yes. To help maintain proper distancing protocols and ensure the safety of everyone coming, we are required to limit the number of people in attendance at each service, which means we will be asking you to RSVP to the service you plan to attend. You can do so here.

What about Outward Kids?

When we initially reopen, worship will mostly be family-style (very limited Outward Kids during initial weeks of reopening).

When we do fully reopen Outward Kids, we will have established safety procedures to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

Am I required to wear a mask?

Update (6/18/20) - per the governor's mandate, indoor mask wearing will be a requirement in Marion County starting 6/24/20.

Employees are required to wear masks, so Outward Church staff and some of our volunteers will be in masks. If you would like to wear a mask, please feel free!

What will look different?

There are a few things that will feel different, at least at first, when we resume in-person gatherings.

We are committed to maintaining social distancing, so all of our sanctuary seating has been spaced at least 6 feet apart. We won't be providing coffee or donuts (for now!). Instead of a handshake, you'll be greeted with a smile and a wave.

Like the rest of society, we expect that the ways we interact with each other will look a little different for a while. We will continue to modify the parts of our services that required physical contact before, and we’re doing everything we can to keep our facilities clean and safe.

But even if you see more face masks (and a lot more hand sanitizer), when we gather together again in-person, we hope it will feel like coming home.

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