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

May
29
Sun
9:30 am 9:30 Sunday Morning Worship @ Sixth Church of Christ, Scientist
9:30 Sunday Morning Worship @ Sixth Church of Christ, Scientist
May 29 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Sunday Morning Worship with Holy Communion WELCOME TO WORSHIP AT ST. JAMES — NOTE: The Oregon mask mandate has ended. Although not required, you are encouraged to continue wearing a mask at St. James events[...]
10:30 am 10:30am Coffee Hour
10:30am Coffee Hour
May 29 @ 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[...]
May
30
Mon
8:00 am CDC Preschool
CDC Preschool
May 30 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
CDC Preschool
The St. James Child Development Center, located at St. James Lutheran Church, has been certified by the state of Oregon since 1981. To inquire about openings, rates, or for more information, please contact the Child[...]
12:00 pm Feeding the Hungry at Noon
Feeding the Hungry at Noon
May 30 @ 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[...]
May
31
Tue
8:00 am CDC Preschool
CDC Preschool
May 31 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
CDC Preschool
The St. James Child Development Center, located at St. James Lutheran Church, has been certified by the state of Oregon since 1981. To inquire about openings, rates, or for more information, please contact the Child[...]
10:00 am Construction Meeting
Construction Meeting
May 31 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
 
12:00 pm Feeding the Hungry at Noon
Feeding the Hungry at Noon
May 31 @ 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[...]
Jun
1
Wed
8:00 am CDC Preschool
CDC Preschool
Jun 1 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
CDC Preschool
The St. James Child Development Center, located at St. James Lutheran Church, has been certified by the state of Oregon since 1981. To inquire about openings, rates, or for more information, please contact the Child[...]
8:30 am Centering Prayer
Centering Prayer
Jun 1 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am
Centering Prayer
Wednesday Centering Prayer — You are invited to join our community Centering Prayer Group, which gathers every Wednesday at 8:30am in the Pioneer Chapel. During construction a new location will be provided once the Pioneer[...]
10:00 am Food Boxing at 10:00am
Food Boxing at 10:00am
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Food Boxing at 10:00am
St. James Food Box Ministry Twice a month the St. James Food Box group meets in Pioneer Chapel to pack food boxes for our houseless neighbors. Each weekday, St. James members bring boxes brimming with[...]