Our Community St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church is an inviting and inclusive community. We celebrate our connections with one another and all of God’s creation. We strive to be leaders in the stewardship of the earth and social justice. Through creative liturgy, life-long education and spiritual inquiry, we seek to gain depth and energy for ourselves and for our service in the wider world. Who is St. Bartholomew’s? Our congregation of St. Bartholomew’s has a Spirit running through it that is best described by the word “enthusiasm”. “Enthusiasm” is rooted in the Greek “en theos” – God within. As Jesus knew God’s spirit to be in every living thing, we too find God in each other, in the earth around us, in our children, and in our surrounding communities.
Our enthusiasm is the base of a strong laity and a strong faith community. We like each other; we respect each other; we work intentionally to form the worship and ministries that bind us; we welcome all people through our doors; we are all on our own spiritual journeys – together.
Our worship life together has an overall informal quality, first detected in the post and beam structure with clear glass windows that frames us. We sit in chairs: there are no pews, there is no pulpit. Yet there are traditional qualities present too, an intentional blending that helps us meet the God within: Holy Eucharist every Sunday, liturgically-based preaching, both an early said service and a later service with support from the choir that regularly sings anthems, motets and service music.
Our priests have been strong guides, helping us to find not only our inner paths, but also our outward ministries. Many of our ministries extend us to families and children in need: we support a local food pantry, provide Thanksgiving meals and Christmas stockings to local families, and distribute non-food stamp essentials to the urban poor in Portland. We stand out in our ministry to God’s earth and creatures: St. Bart’s is seen as a resource for environmental stewardship in the Diocese and in the surrounding secular communities.
Gratitude for St. Bart's - reflections from our parishioners For Stewardship Season, we invite several parishioners to share what St. Bart's means to them:
"You are all generous people, all altruistic people."--Phil C. (click here for full reflection)
"I am inspired by the countless hours people volunteer. I am thankful to be a part of a community that is making the world a better place." --Arthur W. (click here for full reflection)
"The simplicity of St. Bart’s makes us joyful. And that seems to be what God wants for all of us. The congregation exhibits the kind of courage that is warm and true." --Chrys H. (click here for full reflection)
"Each person we talked to spoke of faith in God as the source of wisdom and guidance, rather than themselves alone." --Steve H. (click here for full reflection)
We are indeed blessed with spirit, with each other, and with our simple, beautiful church: our prayer is to grow in wisdom, perception and peace within our sanctuary, and to carry that back out again into God’s world.
Attending St. Bart's People visiting St. Bart’s for the first time will be greeted by the ushers as well as congregants after the service. Newcomers are invited to sign the guest book and mingle at our informal coffee hour, which follows the 9:30 am Sunday service. We also have many families whose children participate in our Sunday School program during our Sunday service. We also offer daycare.
An active congregation St. Bart’s has a number of active committees, ranging from worship to outreach service in the community to planning for our many events to the upkeep of our beautiful building and grounds. Many find these groups to be a great way to get to know people. All members are encouraged to find their niche. Click here to find out more about our committees.