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. The search began officially in April 2015.
In August of 2015 we received our first candidate. From August 2015-May 2016 a total of (5) candidates were reviewed and/or interviewed. Two of these were selected to be interviewed by the search committee and the BAC. In May 2016 we selected a candidate for the call. Unfortunately, the candidate had a change of heart and decided that the time was not right for parish ministry.
The challenge that we are faced with, is our inability to offer a full time position at this time. We are competing with many parishes that also have that limitation. Thankfully St. Bedes has thrived under the leadership of our interim The Reverend Dr. Ken Dorsch and we pray that new and existing prospects will be successful.
The Search Committee meets together and prays together on a regular basis.
We strive to know Christ more deeply and to bring others to his redeeming love and grace.
ST. BEDE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
1609 Elm St, Forest Grove, OR