We are the Forest Grove United Church of Christ, an open and affirming congregation!
The light of Christ in us sees the light of Christ in you! Following the teachings of Jesus, we heartily welcome everyone into God’s beloved community. Whatever your race, ethnicity, nationality, age, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, spiritual understanding, socioeconomic or marital status –– whoever you are and wherever you come from, we celebrate you and welcome you into the full life and ministry of our church!
NEW COVID PROTOCOLS FOR WORSHIP (April 2022)
In January, the Forest Grove Church of Christ Executive Board voted unanimously to require vaccination against COVID-19 or proof of a negative PCR test to attend worship services. At that time, the Executive Board felt that the measure was in the best interest to keep allowing our church to meet in person and not move back to an online worship experience.
When the decision was made in mid-January, the number of cases of COVID-19 in Washington County was 224.2 per 100,000. Since then, cases have dropped to 4.2 cases per 100,000 (as of Monday). The state of Oregon also dropped its statewide mask mandate as the number of cases and hospitalizations has significantly dropped.
With the drop in cases and the changes to the state of Oregon’s protocols, both the church COVID Committee and the Executive Board have agreed that it is time to relax our church’s protocols.
Effective with our worship service on Sunday, April 10, proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or proof of a negative PCR test is no longer required to attend worship. Additionally, the requirement to wear facemasks inside the church has also been lifted.
We understand that some members of our congregation may not feel comfortable attending worship without masks. Everyone should feel welcome and comfortable continuing to wear facemasks anywhere in the church.
In order to provide a safe space for people who are continuing to take additional safety measures, the back two pews in the section next to the choir loft will be designated as “mask only rows.” While people wearing facemasks are welcome to sit wherever they please in the sanctuary, these rows are designed to provide a spot where people wearing masks can be only around others who continue to mask.
While we welcome this step towards returning to normal, it is important to remember that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over. Both the COVID Committee and the Executive Board reserve the right to reinstate COVID restrictions should cases in our community return to a high-risk level.
I want to thank the members of our COVID Committee, Myra Beeler, Barbara Lawrence, Deva Harris-Williams and Laura Frye, for their work and diligence in helping keep our congregation safe. I appreciate their insights, our conversation and our work together. The committee will continue to meet as necessary.
Blake Timm, Moderator
For The COVID Committee & Executive Board
Our church office is located at the entrance to the church building, at 2032 College Way, Forest Grove, Oregon. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm.