Greetings in the Name of the One who came among us as our Savior and our Friend:
Welcome to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Parish in the heart of downtown Portland, OR. We are a small yet mighty band of believers who are attempting to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our part of God’s Kingdom come among us in the right here and right now. I would invite you to browse around the pages of this site to get to know a bit more about who we are and what we do to “seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves.” [Book of Common Prayer, p. 304]
St. Stephen’s has a 150 year presence in this city; it originally served as the “Bishop’s Chapel” when it first opened on the site where City Hall is currently located. We moved to our current location in 1890. St. Stephen’s spent many years as the Pro-Cathedral for the Diocese of Oregon, and has served in its history as a refuge in the city for African Americans, Chinese and LGBTQ Christians who have not always found a welcome in the institutional Church.
We would love to welcome you into the midst of our worship and work among the people of God at the corner of 13th & Clay. Come see how we serve the hungry in body and spirit – and find the joy of the Risen Christ who is truly among us!
Blessings to you and all whom you love!
Dennis james Sagun Parker+, Rector
Since our pioneer Oregon Trail days, a wide variety of Portland’s citizens have found a home with us. Currently, we host not only our own congregation, but also local organizations Clay Street Table, Integrity Portland Chapter, Operation Nightwatch, Home PDX, Underground, Here and Now, and Journey Koinonia Catholic Community. We are also a popular event venue and concert space, and we frequently see performances by local musicians and performance artists.
Whether you you are visiting for a day or seeking a church home, we would be delighted to see you. Please feel free to join us for a service on Sundays at 8:00 or 10:30am followed by our famous coffee hour socials., or Wednesdays at 12:15pm.
Or, why not check out our Events page for information on upcoming concerts and parish gatherings, or join us at 9:15 am on Sunday for Adult Inquiry?
We look forward to meeting you, and we hope to see you soon! There will always be someone at our red doors to welcome you and answer your questions.
Our three traditional worship services are called Holy Eucharist services. The liturgy is read from the Book of Common Prayer and the Eucharist (the sacrament also known as Communion or Mass) is offered during each service. All are welcome to come to the table for the sacrament. The only requirement is that you be hungry for spiritual nurture.
The Seasons and Colors of Our Worship
Our Episcopal Church year is divided into seasons, each representing a specific focus in our worship. The Church Year has nine principal seasons beginning with Advent (December) and ending with the Season after Pentecost (the Ordinary Time) at the end of November. Since ancient times, colors have also been an important part of our worship. Colors change according to Church Year seasons. They are a primary source of symbolism telling us about the lessons we hear during the Liturgy and guiding what we do during worship. There are five basic liturgical colors: Blue, White, Green, Purple, and Red. Gold, Black and Rose are added to enrich interpretation.
Other Sunday Information
- Each service usually lasts about an hour
- Free coffee and snacks follow after the 10:30 am service in our parish hall.
- Children are warmly welcome.
- Service and well-behaved emotional support dogs on leash may accompany you.
- Free parking is available on Sunday mornings and on weekday evenings after 7:00pm in the Portland State University parking lot located two blocks south of the church between SW Market and SW Mill Streets. Entrances are on SW 13th and SW Clay Avenues.