Community Life

Westminster Presbyterian offers many ways to get involved with our church community, including through arts and crafts, book groups, fellowship groups, recreation, retreats and special events, and spiritual opportunities. For more information about participating in one of the following groups, please contact Associate Pastor Laurie Lynn Newman at 503.287.1289 x 115, or unless another contact is noted for that group. Also check out additional opportunities featured on our website pages for adult education, caring ministries, and service to the world.



Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m., Dorcas Room
Embroiderers work on needlepoint projects for the church. May not meet over summer.


Thursdays at 9:30 a.m., Dorcas Room 
Beginning and experienced quilters are welcome.

Westminster Cloisters

Curates ongoing visual art shows and literary fairs and offers workshop opportunities.
Its open art studio is every Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. in Room C/D.


Theology Book Group

Second Wednesdays at 2 p.m., Conference Room
The group meets to discuss books dealing with progressive Christian theology. Each book is discussed in segments over several meetings.
Doesn't meet in summer.

Thomas Merton Book Group 

First and third Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Dorcas Room
Reading and contemplative study based on the series "Bridges to Contemplative Living." Includes sharing and reflection on our spiritual journeys.

Wednesday Book Group

Fourth Wednesdays at 10 a.m., Conference Room
Reading group with eclectic book choices.

Women’s Book Group

First Saturdays at 9 a.m., Fireside Room
Open to all women.

  • April 1, 2017 - Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore
  • May 6, 2017 - H Is for Hawk: A Memoir of Grief and Falconry by Helen MacDonald
  • June 3, 2017 - Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehsi Coates
  • July 1, 2017 - The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life by John LeCarre
  • August 5, 2017 - Share our summer reading.
  • September 2, 2017 - The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steve Johnson
  • October 7, 2017 - Circling the Sun by Paula McClain
  •  November 4, 2017 - Martin Marten by Brian Doyle
  • December 2, 2017 - A Holiday Gathering



This inclusive community meets once per month to worship and share a meal with a focus on connecting to God, one another, and our mission of love and justice in the world. Meets the second Sundays monthly during the school year at 5 p.m. in the Great Hall. Contact The Rev. Chris Murphy. (In May 2017, Connections will be moved to the third Sunday, May 21.)

Home Group Gatherings

Westminster offers a variety of home-group gatherings of people who meet to share Bible study, book study, prayer, service, spiritual growth, and friendship. These gatherings last for a few weeks at a time. Times and locations vary, so contact the Rev. Laurie Newman for more information.


Mariners are small groups of Westminster members and friends who meet monthly in members' homes or other locations to share activities, to encourage Christian faith and fellowship, and to seek ways to serve the church (including hosting post-worship coffee hours) and the community.

Pub Conversations

This group of young adults in their 20s, 30s, and 40s meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month during the school year from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Oregon Public House (700 NE Dekum St.) to build community and friendship. Contact: The Rev. Chris Murphy.



Second and fourth Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Room A
Fellowship and fun; open to all levels of bridge-playing skills.


Last Saturdays at 7 p.m. (offsite)
Cards, fun, and socializing.

Qi Gong

Tuesdays at 8:45 a.m., Great Hall
Gentle, flowing, relaxing exercise and meditation.


Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m., Great Hall
Beginning and experienced tap dancers are welcome. The group does not meet in summer.


Pride Celebration

Every June, Portland celebrates its LGBTQ community with the Pride Northwest festival that includes a Sunday-morning parade. Westminster participates by being represented at the table for the Community of Welcoming Congregations and also through our spirited group of parade marchers. Westminster members, friends, and supporters are all welcome to join us; sign-ups begin in spring. Westminster is committed to being a "Welcoming Congregation," and we're proud to show it to our community.


 All Church Retreat Next retreat: August 18 to 20, 2017
Our annual All Church Retreat is held each August at Twin Rocks Friends Camp and Conference Center at Rockaway Beach.  Enjoy coastal fun, new friends, fellowship, worship, and learning. This is for all ages, singles, couples, and families. It's the best time we have all year for growing in friendship, so please join us! Dorm and camping options are available.

Men's Retreat Next retreat: June 9 to 11, 2017
The Men's Retreat happens annually in late spring, usually between mid-May and early June. For more information, contact the Rev. Gregg Neel at the church.

Women's Retreat           Next retreat: October 28 and 29, 2017
The annual Women's Retreat is a time for fun, rest, and renewal. Treat yourself to some well-within time.

KGW news did a story featuring the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, where Westminster held its annual Women’s Retreat on November 5 and 6, 2016. Check out this link, entitled “Grant's Getaways: The Governor's Home,” that talks about this beautiful location in Corbett, Oregon—and ladies, mark your calendar to join us for a wonderful retreat this fall!



Bible Study

Please see our adult education offerings.

Cantus Beatus "Holy Song"

Times vary.
This is a small group of singers that visits and sings a capella for those in need of spiritual encouragement. If you would like this group to sing for you or someone you know, please contact the Rev. Laurie Newman at the church.

Lectio Divina 

Second Mondays at 10:30 a.m., Gallery
This group discusses scripture and how it relates to and informs our daily lives. Doesn't meet in July or August.

Stephen Ministry, Taize, and More

To learn more about Stephen Ministry, our Taize Service of Healing and Wholeness, and other opportunities for compassion and spirituality, please see our caring ministries page.