Life at St. James

Interior panoramic view of the Sanctuary from the Balcony.

St. James is a church community comprised of diverse members who worship and gather regularly in our historic buildings in downtown Portland, OR. But life isn’t just happening around St. James. In the past 100 years our humble corner of downtown Portland has seen much change, and St. James has continued to change and adapt with it.

Established in 1890, St. James was the first church in the area to provide English speaking services so all people could attend and worship together, regardless of background, ethnicity, or race. Today, that tradition of inclusivity continues. Though we are blessed to still gather in our historic structures, our attitudes are anything but! We strive to provide meaningful programs, develop and deepen relationships with those around us, care for our neighbors, and live in the world around us as an active congregation of faith. All are welcome!

Upcoming Events

Jan
19
Wed
8:30 am Centering Prayer
Centering Prayer
Jan 19 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am
Centering Prayer
Wednesday Centering Prayer — For a number of years, St. James has welcomed a community Centering Prayer Group that met every Wednesday in our Pioneer Chapel. The group was led by the now deceased Pastor[...]
12:00 pm Feeding the Hungry at Noon
Feeding the Hungry at Noon
Jan 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Feeding the Hungry at Noon … This pandemic is disrupting the lives of those who live on our Portland streets in an alarming way. In fact, a number of helping agencies have stopped providing needed[...]
Jan
20
Thu
10:00 am Food Boxing at 10:00am
Food Boxing at 10:00am
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Food Boxing at 10:00am
Feeding the Unsheltered Each weekday, St. James members bring boxes brimming with food and needed items to those who live on our streets. We then bring the empty cardboard boxes back to the church to[...]
12:00 pm Feeding the Hungry at Noon
Feeding the Hungry at Noon
Jan 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Feeding the Hungry at Noon … This pandemic is disrupting the lives of those who live on our Portland streets in an alarming way. In fact, a number of helping agencies have stopped providing needed[...]
7:00 pm Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Jan 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
St. James Choir Returns … All interested church choir singers are invited to get acquainted with our new Director, Colin Stave. As we approach a new season, we anticipate a new beginning in musical worship[...]
Jan
21
Fri
12:00 pm Feeding the Hungry at Noon
Feeding the Hungry at Noon
Jan 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Feeding the Hungry at Noon … This pandemic is disrupting the lives of those who live on our Portland streets in an alarming way. In fact, a number of helping agencies have stopped providing needed[...]
Jan
22
Sat
9:30 am Contemplative Prayer
Contemplative Prayer
Jan 22 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Contemplative Prayer @ Portland | Oregon | United States
Contemplative Prayer at St. James First and Third Saturday mornings, 9:30am (except for January 2022 — see below.) Contemplative Prayer is continuing to happen remotely during this time of quarantine and isolation. Consider taking time[...]
Jan
23
Sun
9:30 am 9:30 Sunday Morning Worship
9:30 Sunday Morning Worship
Jan 23 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Sunday Morning Worship with Holy Communion WELCOME TO WORSHIP AT ST. JAMES — NOTE: Governor Brown has issued a statewide Oregon Indoor Mask Requirement, effective Friday, August 13th, 2021 — in order to limit the[...]
10:30 am 10:30am Coffee Hour
10:30am Coffee Hour
Jan 23 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Coffee Hour Returns … Beginning Sunday, August 1st, 2021, you are invited to gather for our coffee hour immediately after worship in Pioneer Chapel. You may also sign up at church to host the gathering[...]
10:45 am Annual Congregational Meeting
Annual Congregational Meeting
Jan 23 @ 10:45 am – 11:45 am
Help us plan ministry in 2022. After worship on Sunday, January 23rd, 2022 at 10:45am, we will gather to elect leaders, pass a ministry spending plan, and hear of our ministry in 2021. Your presence[...]