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 changed and adapted 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

6:15 pm Feeding the Hungry
Feeding the Hungry
Sep 24 @ 6:15 pm – 6:45 pm
For several months now, St. James members have partnered with Pastor Bruce Arnold in distributing a meal to those in need. We gather each Tuesday at 6:15pm by the Lincoln statue about a block from[...]
7:10 pm St. James Book Club
St. James Book Club
Sep 24 @ 7:10 pm – 8:10 pm
NOTE: BOOK CLUB POSTPONED … The March 26th Book Club meeting has been rescheduled for April 23rd to allow more time to read “The Blind Assassin” by Margaret Atwood. Questions? Ask Linda Rickert, 503-224-9353. St.[...]
8:30 am Centering Prayer
Centering Prayer
Sep 25 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am
Centering Prayer: Wednesdays at 8:30 am, Pioneer Chapel There is a weekly opportunity to practice this simple form of contemplative prayer weekly at St. James. Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a small gathering takes place in[...]
12:00 pm Midweek Eucharist
Midweek Eucharist
Sep 25 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
A thirty-minute liturgy of Holy Communion takes place in the intimate setting of the Pioneer Chapel. This service provides an opportunity for communal prayer, a brief sermon and reflection. Scriptures may be used from the[...]
12:30 pm Bible Study
Bible Study
Sep 25 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Pastor David’s Wednesday Bible Study starts September 11th. The first few books of your Bible contain inspiring stories of Sarah, Abraham, Joseph, Rahab, Noah, Miriam and Moses. Join Pastor David as we explore the life[...]
9:30 am Worship
Sep 29 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Sunday Morning Worship with Holy Communion Every Sunday, 9:30am Holy Communion is celebrated at each Sunday liturgy.  Refreshments and community time follow the worship service.  Childcare available from 9:15AM-12:15PM.  
11:00 am Open Space
Open Space
Sep 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Education hour following the 9:30am service and coffee.  
11:00 am Sunday School
Sunday School
Sep 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Christian Education Committee is excited to announce the return of Sunday School to St. James! The class serves children ages 4 through second grade. Parents, bring your children at 11:00 am to the large[...]