Congregation Close-up: Christ Church, Lake Oswego

Congregation Close-up: Christ Church, Lake Oswego

One of the biggest parishes in the diocese, Christ Church aims to be a congregation that creates space for everyone to be included and involved. Clergy and lay staff encourage people to find their own ministry niches, recognizing that their community encompasses people of all ages and very diverse interests. There are multiple weekly Bible studies, a youth group, an active LGBTQ+ fellowship, and frequent and lively parties where people can grow in their faith and their connection with other parishioners.

Christ Church also values outreach locally and internationally. Over the years, parishioners have built houses with Habitat for Humanity, oversaw a horseback riding program for adolescents, taught tennis camp for inner-city kids, and volunteered with medical missions to the slums of Lima, Peru.

Through this wide variety of opportunities, parishioners build deep relationships that have lasted, in some cases, for decades. In a city of people with highly diverse and often opposing political views, the respect and friendships built between people at Christ Church leads Senior Warden Jack Eft to reflect, “The community is stronger than individual political beliefs.” In our deeply divided nation, this, too, is a much-needed ministry.

Visit the Christ Church website.