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

all-day Tree Trimming and Church Cleaning
Tree Trimming and Church Cleaning
Dec 7 all-day
Please join us on Saturday, December 7th at 9:00am for the annual preparation for Advent and the Christmas season. It’s all about the preparation. Please join us as we prepare St. James for the holidays.[...]
9:30 am Contemplative Prayer @ St. James Lutheran Church
Contemplative Prayer @ St. James Lutheran Church
Dec 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Contemplative Prayer @ St. James Lutheran Church | Portland | Oregon | United States
  NOTE: Contemplative Prayer takes a summer break in August! No Saturday morning prayer/labyrinth until September. (That means you can “Be Still and Know” without driving to St. James!) Notice when there is a blanket[...]
9:30 am Worship
Dec 8 @ 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
Dec 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Education hour following the 9:30am service and coffee.  
11:00 am Sunday School
Sunday School
Dec 8 @ 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[...]
1:00 pm The Flame
The Flame
Dec 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
6:15 pm Feeding the Hungry
Feeding the Hungry
Dec 10 @ 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[...]
8:30 am Centering Prayer
Centering Prayer
Dec 11 @ 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[...]