Special Occasions

As people of faith our lives are full of opportunities for celebration! From small intimate gatherings with a few close friends to large festive holidays that our community commemorates with the wider church, St. James is a wonderful place to participate in or plan a special occasion! Our Church Council is currently developing guidelines for recitals, lectures, or other events.


Facility Statistics

St. James seats approximately 250 people on the Main Floor of the Sanctuary and an additional 50 people in the balcony. Receptions in the Pioneer Chapel can accommodate up to 75 people; modest kitchen resources are available in the basement.


Personal Special Occasions

Our location in the South Park Block Cultural Neighborhood of downtown Portland and our historic building make for a memorable and beautiful setting for weddings, and other milestone occasions. Special services such as these are available for members and non-members. Please contact the Church Office to discuss our resources, scheduling and expectations.

Weddings ● Commitment Ceremonies ● Renewal of Vows ● Funerals


St. James Special Occasions

Our welcoming community of faith also celebrates a number of special occasions each year in conjunction with our community and the wider church. All persons are welcome here; please contact the Church Office if you would like to learn more about these special celebrations for yourself, a family member, or friend. Please join us for the party!

Baptism ● Confirmation (Affirmation of Baptism) ● Reception of New Members Holy Week (Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, Easter Sunday) ● Blessing of the Fields ● Feast of St. James ● Blessing of the Animals ● Reformation Day ● Christmas