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, primarily the pew cushions. 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.


Thomas Merton Book Group 

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

Wednesday Reading Group

Fourth Wednesdays at 10 a.m., Gallery
Reading group with eclectic book choices. An optional lunch follows afterward at a nearby restaurant. Does not meet in July & August.

Women’s Bible Study

Fourth Mondays at 7 p.m., Multipurpose Room
Bible study, fellowship, fun, and prayer using the Horizons Presbyterian Women's study guide, "God's Promise: I Am With You." Doesn't meet in summer.
See also our adult education page for other Bible study opportunities.

Women's Book Group

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

  • October 6 - Friends, Lovers, Chocolate by Alexander McCall Smith
  • November 3 - A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • December 1 - Poetry and Seasonal Readings


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.

Westminster Pride Fellowship Group

Westminster's LGBTQ fellowship group meets the first Sunday of each month. Times and locations vary, so contact organizer Kris Sparks or 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 in the Great Hall) 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 (once a month in the summer) from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Oregon Public House (700 NE Dekum St.) to build community and friendship. Pub Conversations will return in October.



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

Deep Play

Selected Wednesdays, 6 to 9 p.m., Great Hall
This workshop series involves improvisational movement rooted in contemplative practice. RSVP required. Contact the office for more details.


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.


Pride Celebration

Every June, Portland celebrates its LGBTQ community with the Pride Northwest festival that includes a Sunday-morning parade. In partnership with the Community of Welcoming Congregations, Westminster sends a spirited group of supporters to participate in the parade. Westminster members and friends 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 23 to 25, 2019
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: 2019
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 27 and 28, 2018
The annual Women's Retreat is a time for fun, rest, and renewal. Treat yourself to some well-within time.


Bible Study

Please see our adult education offerings for various Bible study opportunities.

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.