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

Feb
2
Thu
8:00 am CDC Preschool
CDC Preschool
Feb 2 @ 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
Feb 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Feeding the Hungry at Noon … For more than a year now, St. James members have partnered with Pastor Bruce Arnold in distributing a meal to those in need. As we do what we can[...]
7:15 pm Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Feb 2 @ 7:15 pm – 8:45 pm
NOTE: Beginning September 8th, 2022, the Choir resumed regular rehearsals from 7:15 to 8:45pm. Their voices returned to the service on Sunday, September 11th, 2022. Our thanks to Director of Music Ministry Colin Stave and[...]
Feb
3
Fri
8:00 am CDC Preschool
CDC Preschool
Feb 3 @ 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
Feb 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Feeding the Hungry at Noon … For more than a year now, St. James members have partnered with Pastor Bruce Arnold in distributing a meal to those in need. As we do what we can[...]
Feb
4
Sat
9:30 am Contemplative Prayer
Contemplative Prayer
Feb 4 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Contemplative Prayer @ Portland | Oregon | United States
Contemplative Prayer at St. James Contemplative Prayer will continue to meet on Zoom which allows everyone to find a quiet space at home and avoid the hassle of parking on Saturdays at the church. Our[...]
Feb
5
Sun
9:30 am 9:30 Sunday Morning Worship @ St. James Lutheran Church
9:30 Sunday Morning Worship @ St. James Lutheran Church
Feb 5 @ 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
Feb 5 @ 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[...]
11:00 am Open Space
Open Space
Feb 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Education hour following the 9:30am service and coffee. NOTE: Sunday School and Open Space returned on Sunday, September 18th, 2022. We moved back to our newly renovated St. James historic building on October 23rd, 2022.[...]
11:00 am Sunday School
Sunday School
Feb 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sunday School Returns: Sunday School and Open Space returned on Sunday, September 18th, 2022. We move back to our newly renovated St. James historic building on October 23rd, 2022. Mark your calendars and join us[...]