Social Ministries

Social Ministries are the way we answer our call to be Christ’s hands and feet in the world. In fact, our mission statement is to transform hearts of worship into hands of service.

St. James tells us that “faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.” (James 2:17) Our social ministries encourage the congregation to actively engage with the world, to put into action the faith we profess Sunday mornings.

Each social ministry of St. Bart’s relates directly to the passion and call of the church community. Many of these revolve around food — we are a community that feels strongly that everyone should have enough to eat. We also have ministries where we work together in community, whether that be by teaching English to adults or helping the elderly and disabled with home repairs.


Christmas Boxes
Food Pantry
People Involved in Evangelism
Rebuilding Together
Stephen Ministry
Teen Parent Brunch

Christmas Boxes

Each year we deliver a number of Christmas boxes with food for Christmas dinner as well as gift cards for Christmas presents. The sign ups are posted in the Parish Hall ahead of time, and we assemble the baskets the Saturday before Christmas.
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Food Pantry

St. Bart’s hosts our own Food Pantry. In 2016, St. Bart’s gave away food baskets for 1649 people in 452 households. St. Bart’s food drives gathered in 1789 pounds of food, and purchased another 7387 pounds. We had 54 volunteers putting in a total of 1193 hours. Our volunteers perform a variety of important tasks including ordering the food, picking it up from the food bank, shopping to fill any gaps, shelving the food and distributing the food on Fridays.

Our Food Pantry is open on Fridays, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. To make an appointment to come to the Food Pantry, please call the Office at 503-644-3468.
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People Involved in Evangelism

As part of our ongoing mission of community and welcome, this group bakes and delivers pies to visitors after they first sign the church guestbook. With each pie visitors also receive some information about the church and a reusable shopping with the St. Bart’s logo, as well as at least two people they may recognize and be able to talk to the following Sunday. The PIE group also works to spot and include newcomers by introducing themselves, the clergy and any others with whom the newcomers might have things in common. Our goal is to go from greeting people with a “Welcome” to being able to say “Welcome home.”
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Rebuilding Together

Each year the parish participates in the National Rebuilding Day. We assist a disabled and/or a low-income family by repairing and sprucing up their home. Team St. Bart’s gathers one Saturday in April to help spruce up a home. Are you looking for an interesting and rewarding hands-on outreach experience? Volunteers, skilled and unskilled, are always welcome to make the project go smoothly.

Rebuilding Together Washington County, affiliated with a national organization, is a leading non-profit volunteer group that, in partnership with the community, preserves and rehabilitates the houses of low-income homeowners, particularly the elderly, those with disabilities, families with dependent children, and veterans, so that they may continue to live in their own homes – warm, safe, and independent. St Bart’s is an official house sponsor and through your Parish contributions, we donate funds each year toward this important effort.
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Stephen Ministry

Saint Bart’s is a Stephen Ministry Congregation.

Stephen Ministers are laypeople trained in the congregation. They provide one-to-one Christ-centered care to hurting people.

These are people with a compassionate heart who’ve been equipped with the skills to listen, encourage, and offer support when someone is in need.

Stephen Ministry started at St. Bart’s in 1995. Since its start, more than 50 people have been trained as Stephen Ministers of which 16 are currently active. Stephen Ministers are matched with a care receiver and meet regularly, typically for 1 year, depending upon the care receivers needs. Stephen Ministers listen, pray, and are a person the care receiver can depend upon during this time of healing. If you feel you could benefit from Stephen Ministry or if you would like to become a Stephen Minister contact Father Jeff or Mother Pippa at 503-644-3468.
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Teen Parent Brunch

Teen Parent Brunch is a program that honors students graduating from the Continuing Education for Young Parents program in the Beaverton School District. We are often able to assist students with college scholarships.
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