Common Questions

Wondering what to expect when you arrive? Skim through these FAQs to learn more: 

Have a question regarding our in-person services? Click here to get your common questions answered. 

When are your services?
When are your services?

We are back to hosting Sunday morning services, so please refer to our Home Page for the latest times & to RSVP.  Our services feature a full band for a more contemporary worship experience.  

What should I wear?
What should I wear?

It’s up to you! The atmosphere at our church is relaxed. You will see people wearing a variety of clothing from a dress shirt and slacks to shorts and a t-shirt. We do request that you wear a face mask or face covering to ensure the safety of our community. 

When should I arrive?
When should I arrive?

Come about 10-15 minutes early to park & stop by our greeter's tent outside each entrance. They'll be ready to answer questions and direct you indoors for our services. 

What about coffee?
What about coffee?

Usually we love to offer free coffee & drinks to order at our cafe in the lobby. We have not yet reactivated our cafe teams, so we encourage you to have coffee before you arrive or bring it with you.

What happens during Service
What happens during service

Each Sunday service is one hour long with times of worship, communion, and a message delivered by a pastor on our teaching team.

Can I bring my kids
into church?
Can I bring my kids
into church?

All ages are welcome to come to the Sunday services! Occasionally our services will include more mature subject matter. On those days the pastor will tell the congregation before the sermon and invite parents to take their kids to Children's Ministry's age-appropriate classes. 

Where can I nurse my child?
Where can I nurse my child?

We have a mother-baby room in the lobby with a one-way window into the worship center. One household at a time may enter for a private location. 

Where do I park
Where do I park?

We have a parking lot on the north side of our building, which is often used by elderly attenders and families with young children. There is also street parking along Court Street, and we have a partnership with Hope Orthopedics one block south (at State & 17th Street) that allows us to use their parking lot on Sundays.

 

Meeting in Person FAQs

Will Church services still be on-line and on CCTV?
Will Church services still be on-line and on CCTV?

Yes!  Our Website, Facebook and YouTube all show the weekly service starting at 9am on Sundays. Salem's CCTV and Keizer TV also show the current sermon starting on Sundays, and throughout the rest of the week.   

What is available for children
at church?

Click here to go to our Children's ministry page for a detailed outline!

How do I greet people in a safe manner? 
How do I greet people in a safe manner? 

During times of transition, each individual is going to interact based on their comfort level. Some will be content with a smile and wave, or others a handshake. Feel free to ask what each person is comfortable with, or express what you prefer -- that's one way we can keep loving each other well. 

How do I register to attend in-person?
Do I need to register to attend
in-person?

Not anymore! But if you have any questions, please call the church at 503-363-6161, or contact any of our pastoral staff. We'd love to get to know you and welcome you to our community. 

How is the church protecting my privacy? 
How is the church protecting my privacy? 

We use two secure database tools (Breeze and Planning Center) both of which are optimized for ministry environments such as ours and both of which are updated regularly with security programming.   These tools already have options for attendance and we already maintain notes about Children’s allergies and medical considerations.  These records are only available to certain staff and very limited to certain volunteers who need to know in order to minister effectively to the children in their care.   This information is not shared with outside sources.  If a person were to attend services and then find out they had a confirmed case of COVID-19, we would use our attendance tracking to notify persons who may have been in contact with them (highly unlikely) and we would not release the infected person’s name without their permission.  At the church we deal regularly in highly sensitive and highly personal information- people trust us with very intimate areas of their lives and we will continue to steward that privilege responsibly and legally. 

What if I’m not comfortable coming to church yet?   
What if I’m not comfortable coming to church yet?   

That’s perfectly fine!   If you have any hesitations, take your time and go at your own pace.  

Can I invite a friend to attend? 
Can I invite a friend to attend? 

For sure!  We look forward to meeting them!

Who has to wear masks in the building? 
Who has to wear masks in the building? 

It is no longer required for anyone to wear masks, but it is up to each individual. If a person is unvaccinated, it could be safer to wear a mask during a large group gathering like Sunday services. If a person has health considerations and needs additional preventative protections, wearing a mask is a great idea. We hope you make a choice about what is best for you. 

What if I’ve been sick, but I don’t think it’s been Coronavirus related?
What if I’ve been sick, but I don’t think it’s been Coronavirus related?

Please reach out to your doctor or to Salem Hospital to follow their recommendations (which are being updated regularly).   Consultations and Coronavirus tests are being offered by most clinics free of charge.  Our recommendation is: when in doubt, to stay home to keep others safe and make use of our online services. 

What if the situation with Coronavirus gets worse in our community or our church becomes unsafe? 
What if the situation with Coronavirus gets worse in our community or our church becomes unsafe? 

The Elders and staff are monitoring the situation daily and we are making decisions on a week by week basis.   If the situation worsens or people neglect to follow our safety procedures, we will simply return to requiring health precautions or suspend in-person services.  Safety is a top priority for our leadership out of love for our church and community. 

What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?  
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?  
What safety and sanitization procedures are you following? 
What if I have an idea about how to improve safety and sanitization? 
What if I have an idea about how to improve safety and sanitization? 

We’d love to hear it!   Please email us at church@courtstreet.org
Our leadership teams are eager to hear these ideas and we use them to continue making decisions that will best serve the ministry of our church.  Obviously not all ideas can or will be implemented, but they are appreciated and considered.  

What if someone who has Coronavirus attends worship service?  
What if someone who has Coronavirus attends worship service?  

If that were to occur, we would notify people who may have been affected.   However it’s important to note that the risk of transmission of Coronavirus is very low when the procedures we have in place are followed.

Can the church guarantee I won’t get Coronavirus? 
Can the church guarantee I won’t get Coronavirus? 

No. Despite our best efforts, there is a still a risk, especially if people choose not to follow the procedures we’ve put in place. That risk is relatively low, but it is still present. 

Is it worth it to meet together in light of all the restrictions and the risk? 
Is it worth it to meet together in light of any possible health risks? 

You get to make that decision for yourself and your loved ones.  At church we are providing options for people to worship.  We are committed to developing and refining best practices to keep us safe.   When we look at the ministry of Christ and his church, it has always been personal and community-based work.  In Paul’s prison letters we hear the groanings of the Apostle to meet together and worship with people again.  We were created for worship, especially group worship.   We believe that we can meet together in a safe manner and share that experience, if we each do our part to Love God and Love others by following the guidelines we’ve outlined.  It won’t be like it was, but it can be very good!   

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