Saint David's has become home to many different community groups, because it is our belief that the Parish Church can be a hub for the entire community.
Come join us and our community partners in one of our many gatherings!
To find out about being part of the St. David's building community, email our Building Curator and visit our facility rental page.
Artist in Residence: LeRoy Goertz works in his studio in the lower level of St. Davids, working with clay and inviting conversation and story-telling about creativity, reconciliation, and more. LeRoy is the founder of The Art of Reconciliation. See more at artofreconciliation.org.
City Repair – City Repair is an organized group action that educates and inspires communities and individuals to creatively transform the places where they live. City Repair facilitates artistic and ecologically-oriented placemaking through projects that honor the interconnection of human communities and the natural world. The many projects of City Repair have been accomplished by a mostly volunteer staff and thousands of volunteer citizen activists. – See more. Throughout the year they educate the community with workshops on all forms of sustainability and offer the invaluable place-making guidebook and one-on-one consulting for those who want to repair their own neighborhood.
Dances of Universal Peace — Join this weekly participatory meetup to dance, since, and reflect. No experience is necessary! Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00, Parish Hall
Everyone Welcome Community Choir — Both a community choir and a singing class, they sing a wide variety of music. All ages, no sight reading necessary. Sessions are about 2 months long and the fee is very reasonable with work/trade options for the unemployed. Mondays, 6:45-8:15, Parish Hall.
Fiddle Camps for Kids — Portland Fiddle Camp for Kids is the only week-long fiddle camp in the Portland metro area. Every summer, they offer five fun-filled days of fiddle, square dance, jam sessions, special guest appearances from bands and much more for campers ages 6 through 16.
Hands On Art and Play Preschool — A place to explore arts, crafts and music in an environment that is exciting, safe and fun.
Hands On follows the same routine each day so the children feel secure in knowing what to expect throughout the day. The times of our activities flow with the needs of the children.
Each day children have many opportunities to create artwork. There is a new project every day, as well as ongoing projects we work on for several weeks. Art activities help children develop their creativity and sharpen fine motor skills.
Children work independently on many projects, and also play and create with other children their age. Hands On helps children learn appropriate behavior and how to use their words to get what they need. The children enjoy learning together and forming friendships.
Harrison Hill Swap’n’Play seeks to provide a safe and friendly place for all families to experience the joy of playing together and sharing possessions. Through the swapping of outgrown clothing, toys and gear, and the sharing of the community play space, parents and kids will grow together as a family and families will grow together as a community.
Monday-Friday 8:00AM-6:00PM (with additional evening hours)
Pop in for a tour and free play time Monday & Saturday 10:00AM-12:00PM
Joy Now Arts Project New for summer 2012, this camp brings the magic, music, and community of performing arts to children in a setting that values diversity, positive collaboration, self-awareness, and social change. For more information, check them out on Facebook.
Kate’s Music Studio Teacher at Portland Fiddle Camps now houses her entire teaching studio on site. It is a wonderful gift to hear her students performing Monday – Friday and at special events throughout the year.
Kitchen Share SE A free library for kitchen gear: dehydrators, cider presses, canning equipment, ice-cream makers, food processors, bread makers… They are always looking for new volunteers and kitchen supply donations.
Notable Connections Music Therapy, LLC is owned and operated by board-certified music therapist, Sara Sweeney and offers music therapy sessions for individuals and groups. In addition, Notable Connections offers music lessons and adapted music lessons for individuals with special needs. Music therapy is a clinical and evidence-based practice that uses music interventions to achieve non-musical goals. To achieve the goals of each individual and/or group, a variety of experiences are utilized in each music therapy session such as singing, movement, improvisation, and instrument playing. Each session is structured and goal-centered and combines these experiences along with others. Because music is a powerful, non-invasive medium, unique outcomes are often possible with music therapy. Notable Connections specializes in working with individuals and groups with specials needs, including those on the autism spectrum.
Music Studio on Harrison Hill Teachers at Portland’s only music education cooperative fill almost every room in our large building with beautiful music lessons, recitals, and events. Contact them to take a free test drive today!
Portland Folk Music Society – Dedicated to promoting folk music and arts in the greater Portland Oregon area since 1976, PFS produces great concerts at St. David on the 3rd Friday of almost every month. Check their website and our calendar for dates and artists.
Portland Peace Choir strives to exemplify the principles of equality, justice, peace, unity and cooperation. If you have ever wanted to sing in a no-pressure and accepting environment, if you have ever wanted to just have fun with music, or if you have ever wanted to celebrate subjects like peace and joy without needing to believe a set of rules, then join in! All voices welcome. Wednesdays, 7-9 pm, Parish Hall
Portland Threshold Choir — This all-women choir honors the ancient tradition of singing at the bedside of those who are struggling: some with living, some with dying. The choirs provide women with the opportunity to share the sacred gifts of their voices at life’s thresholds. Visit their website to find our general information, and contact Kri Schlafer at (503) 236-2872 to find out more about the Portland Threshold Choir.
Portland Ukulele Association — Dedicated to the fun and fellowship of ukulele playing since 2002! First Sundays, 1:30 – 3:30, Parish Hall
Southeast Portland Tool Library — SE Portland residents over the age of 18 may sign up for free membership, and check out a tool for one week from this extensive library. Open on the corner of Harrison St and 28th Place on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00 pm and Saturdays from 9 am-2 pm
The Storybook School – This new kindergarten program uses classic and contemporary children’s literature to teach 5′s and almost 5′s all of the skills they will need to be ready for any 1st grade class. For more information, visit their page or contact Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TaborGrass — A weekly group lesson and jam session for beginning and intermediate bluegrass players. Saturdays in Parish Hall: beginning class 10 – 1, intermediate class from 1 – 4, $10
Theophilus Church — We practice three things: Tents, Tables, and Tears. Tents are our public gatherings where we come together to pray, worship, celebrate Communion, and learn from the Scriptures on Sundays. Tables are smaller communities that eat together to build friendship, practice love, and embody hospitality throughout the week. Tears are our communities’ local efforts at compassionate service where God is already at work such as practicing servant-hood, contributing to the life of our city, and seeking justice for the world. Sundays, Parish Hall & Sanctuary, 5pm
upstARTpdx — A new social enterprise that combats human trafficking through creative, income-generating opportunities, while promoting upcycling and environmental awareness. Switch it around and you get “startup,” and that’s what we are. We’re brand new and growing.
Yoga & Movement — Classes scheduled throughout the week at convenient times, for affordable prices, and with exceptional teachers.