ST. BEDE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
1609 Elm St, Forest Grove, OR
We strive to know Christ more deeply and to bring others to his redeeming love and grace.
St. Bede Episcopal Church forms and strengthens Christians in the Anglican tradition. Through liturgy, daily prayer, and ministries, we serve each other and the world. We strive to know Christ more deeply and to bring others to his redeeming love and grace. All that we do is to the Glory of God the Holy Trinity.
St. Bede Church developed this mission statement to reflect who Christ is calling the congregation to be as members of his Church.
Worship is our top priority. We gather together each Sunday as a community to celebrate the Eucharist, and in smaller groups for Morning and Evening Prayer services. Our altar guild is dedicated, our organist and choir are faithful, and our readers and Eucharistic ministers exercise their ministry with reverence. Our Pastoral Care activities assure that all members of our congregation are cared for. Through our Outreach Programs we seek to serve the needs of those in the communities where we live. Finally, we offer Fellowship by welcoming newcomers, practicing hospitality, and offering opportunities for participation in the life of St. Bede.
Our Mission is “We strive to know Christ more deeply and bring others to his redeeming grace”
St. Bede is a prayerful community offering opportunity for community prayer and study. These opportunities are not only on Sunday morning, but at various times throughout the week. With variety ranging from small group prayer, contemplative prayer, evening prayer and weekday Eucharist and bible study. The Sunday Adult Forum, offered before Eucharist, provides an opportunity for growth in our knowledge of Christ. The children are schooled in the principles of the faith in our small Sunday School.
Outreach is strong with committed members serving at the Inclement Weather shelter. William Temple House West Food Closet, Family Promise shelter for homeless families, the backpack program, providing weekend nourishment for children of need; Summer lunch program, providing lunches to children. St. Bede’s Relay for Life Team annually raises over $10,000 for the American Cancer Society. A Quilt and Prayer Shawl Ministry incorporates non-members as well as members in an outreach ministry to the elderly.
Hospitality is a keystone to the mission of St. Bede. Members are excited to welcome visitors and incorporate new members into their community. Following the Sunday service, visitors are welcome to share in the hospitality, good company and homemade treats of coffee hour. Coordinated through the Hospitality Committee, there are over 20 members who participate in this welcoming ministry.
Members of St. Bede are very good at fellowship, caring for themselves and reaching out to others. St. Bede Church is a family church that cares about the growth and health of all its members. You will find hard workers who take seriously the responsibility to provide a place of worship, learning and caring in the Forest Grove community. The people of St. Bede know how to live, play and work well together for the betterment of the whole and for the spread of the Gospel.
"Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with Your most gracious favor, and further us with Your continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in You, we may glorify Your holy Name, and finally, by Your mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen" (BCP, p. 832)
In October of 2014, the Bishop's Advisory Committee of St. Bede met with The Reverend Canon Neysa Ellgren, Canon to the Ordinary of the Diocese of Oregon to begin the process of calling a new Vicar.
We are involved in the search process to see who God is calling to our church. It is an interesting journey! The very able profile committee has spent quality time preparing our profile and then the seven members of the search committee took over in April 2015.
All candidates for our half-stipend vicar position will be referred by the Diocese.
Meanwhile, two members of the search committee, went to the “Equipping the Saints” 3-day work-shop put on by the College for Congregational Development from Olympia. We hope to work with the rest of the search committee, the BAC and Fr. Ken to implement some of the many tools we learned at the workshop.
The Search Committee meets together and pray together on a regular basis. We ask you, the congregation, to pray for us and for our church. Thanks for your strong lay ministry and please consider giving from your abundance as we approach stewardship time. Searching for a half-stipend priest is tough – there are almost 20 churches in our diocese in the search process and many are looking for a part-time priest.