Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, New Hope has gathered online to care for our neighbors and protect the most vulnerable. After much discussion and discernment—in collaboration with the broader Church in Portland—New Hope is ready to host in-person Sunday gatherings in a manner that honors those commitments. We know there is a quality of being together that is core to who we are as humans and a church. We affirm that the wise choice for some households is to continue attending online. We are excited to offer both online and in-person options.
In-Person Gatherings will operate at 25% capacity and abide by thoughtful safety protocols—outlined in detail below.
Interested in volunteering? Learn more HERE.
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In Person Gatherings
New Hope’s in-person Gatherings provide a safe and embodied way to participate in Sunday services. To ensure everyone’s safety, our building capacity will be limited to 25% (250 people).
For all in-person gatherings we are: social distancing, wearing masks at all times, sanitizing, and only operating at 25% (250 people) capacity. To see a full list of our safety guidelines, please read through our FAQ’s below.
9 & 11am | In Person
11am | Online
2pm | Servicio Español
What safety protocols are being followed?
- 6 feet of social distance is required between households.
- Masks covering nose and mouth are required for all attendees 5 years and older.
- Building capacity limited to 25% (250 people). All persons present (staff, volunteers, attendees) will be counted toward this limit.
- Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the facility.
- In-service seating will be rotated between services to reduce cross-contamination.
- Bathrooms and high-touch surfaces will be sanitized before each service.
- Most doors will be propped open to limit touching shared surfaces.
- Prepackaged communion will be used at all services.
What does an in-person service look like?
Services: Services will be less than 60 minutes and will include worship, teaching, and communion. Households will sit at least 6 feet apart. We require that people keep their masks on at all times, with the brief exception of communion. Communion will be individually packaged and may be taken home or taken during the service.
Entrance: When you arrive, you will be greeted at the main doors. Families with children participating in Kids Community (grades 1-5) will be able to enter through a separate door to check their kids in. Greeters and Ushers can assist you with locating restrooms, sanitizer, extra masks, and seating options.
Restrooms: There are two large restrooms, one for men and one for women, at the far end of the lobby. Another set of restrooms will be reserved for kids only. Restrooms will be sanitized before each service begins.
What about Kids?
New Hope is currently offering in-person Kids Community at 11:00am, Ages 4 - 5th grade. In addition to the safety precautions above, families will enter through a separate entrance. Kids will have their temperature taken, wear masks, and have enough space to be socially distanced the whole time.
Each child will be provided with their own supplies. Kids will need to be able to remain in their designated area for the whole service for safety reasons. When you check in your child(ren), claim tickets will be issued and required for pick up.
What about Students?
Our middle and high school students are invited to join the main gathering on Sunday mornings. Currently, our student community meets on Monday and Friday nights from 6:30-8:00pm at our Stevens Ct. office.
On Mondays, we have a Student Bible Study where we are currently working through Genesis, and on Fridays we have a Study Hall where students can come to get help on homework and be around their peers. Make sure to watch the Student Page and your email for future plans in the Student Community.
What about Seniors?
New Hope's Seniors Community, Adult Bible Fellowship, will continue online. We’d love for you to join our online Facebook Group HERE where you can see updates, share praises and prayer requests, and even watch some online ABF services.
How can I volunteer?
Why volunteer in-person?
- Volunteering offers a great opportunity to use your gifts and talents to serve the mission of the church. It’s also a wonderful chance to become familiar with our new campus, meet some new people and become more connected.
- If you haven't served before, your help will honor our long-time volunteers who aren't yet able to safely join in-person.
What about the Spanish service?
¿Necesito registrarme para el servicio en español que comienza a las 2:00? No hay preinscripción para la reunión en español. Todos los demás protocolos de seguridad estarán en su lugar.
There is no pre-registration for the 2pm Spanish service. All other safety protocols will be in place.
Please feel free to contact us by email or by phone if you have any questions or need help registering for one of our in-person services.