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Molalla Nazarene joins a growing list of churches that have taken the message outside during pandemic.

They had the space and the know-how, so Molalla Nazarene Church decided to join many of its brother churches and go outside this summer.

The church held its first outdor service Sunday under what would become a pretty warm day.

PHOTO BY MISSY MILLER - Tim Friesen works the keyboards during Molalla Nazarene's first outdoor service on Sunday.

On Saturday, church volunteers built the stage, including a large tent to keep the sun's rays off the worship team and Pastor Todd Joynder. But that was only the tip of the outdoor church iceberg. There were cables to run, a makeshift sound booth to construct, and equipment to be moved around to make it all work.

Unlike some outdoor services that have the attendees stay in their cars, Molalla Nazarene's first service encouraged church-goers to bring their own chairs. If they didn't have any, the church was able to provide some.

Two welcome stations were set up with hand sanitizer and as people arrived, they had their temperature taken and given masks if they didn't have their own. Everyone was encouraged to social distance and staff helped provide guidance in keeping people the requisite distance apart.

PHOTO BY MISSY MILLER - Volunteers at Molalla Nazarene had to construct a platform, raise a tent and plenty of other tasks to get the church ready for its first outdoor service this past Sunday.

Molalla Nazarene's services being at 10:30 every Sunday and the church continues to livestream its services for those who prefer to join them from home.

Molalla Nazarene's trek outdoors this past Sunday is the latest in an increasing line of churches that, if they have the room, have chosen to go outside. The County Church, also in Molalla, recently held its first outdoor service as well.


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