WHAT TO EXPECT
Arriving. The main entrance to the church is across from the Park Blocks on the corner of Southwest Park and Madison in downtown Portland. (See below for parking information.) When you arrive, you will be greeted by our enthusiastic greeters. The sanctuary is located upstairs, so take the staircase through the left set of doors, or use the elevator on the right side.
In the Sanctuary. Ushers will be waiting to meet you with a program, or bulletin, with information about the songs and readings of the day. Don't worry about arriving late, the ushers sit in the benches at the far back of the sanctuary and can meet you when you come in. Sit wherever you like!
In the benches/pews, you'll find a red book with a place for you to jot down your name and any contact information you feel comfortable sharing.,.or simply pass it on to the next person.
Worship. Upon the ringing of the tower bell around 10:25am, worship begins with an instrumental prelude on piano or organ. We follow a simple but meaningful liturgy that incorporates a diversity of responses from vocal solos to the reading of poetry to the singing of spirituals, gospel hymns, and sacred melodies (think of it as "medium church" as opposed to "high church"). You might participate in a call to worship (congregational reading, printed in the bulletin) or a moment of silent meditation. For the sermon, a scripture is read and joined with a piece of modern literature to add texture and relevancy to the ancient human stories of faith.
Children and Youth. We believe that our calling as a community is to nurture each child's innate spirituality and sense of wonder. We enthusiastically welcome small children into worship and provide optional activity bags and coloring pages near the usher's area at the back of the sanctuary. Worship includes a short "Time with the Children," after which children and youth may follow a teacher downstairs to our lower level classrooms for a sacred story and creative response time. You are also very welcome to keep your children with you during worship, so please choose what works best for your family!
Communion is observed on the first Sunday of each month. Ours is an open table: all are invited to share in this sacrament of (gluten-free) bread and grape juice in which we are reminded of the sacred power of sharing in community with one another.
Fellowship. Immediately following worship, we gather downstairs to enjoy a cup of coffee and homemade food prepared by members of our community. This time provides the opportunity for people to get connected and acquainted with the life and work of the church. You'll find a special table just for the children near the piano in the fellowship hall.
Introduce yourself! Stop by the name tag board just outside the fellowship hall (near the stairs to the classroom level) and make your own name tag.
Restrooms are located on the main/fellowship hall level, through the door on the east wall, and on the lower/classroom level, through the double doors and to the right of the large classroom.
Parking. Park for free until 1 o'clock on Sundays on the streets surrounding our building or utilize the parking structure one block east of the building on the corner of Broadway and Madison. When you arrive at the structure print a parking slip and bring it with you to worship. Stamp your slip with the "Sunday Worship" stamp located on top of the cupboard in the back of the sanctuary or ask an usher to give you a hand.
Accessibility. While our historic building contains many levels, our sanctuary, fellowship hall, and basement classrooms are all accessible by elevators and lifts. There is an elevator to the sanctuary, and a lift down into the fellowship hall. Accessible restrooms are located off the east side of the fellowship hall. An elevator to the lower level classrooms is located in the east hallway.
The church's main entrance, on the corner of Southwest Park and Madison, is open for Sunday worship and weekly from 10am-2pm. The church's main offices are located around the corner on Southwest Broadway and Madison and are open from 10-6 Monday through Friday. There are a few steps down into the office, or take the lift at your left as you enter.