Advent Outreach Project 2021: The Giving Tree for “Clothes for Kids”
During Extended Advent 2021 The Gabriel Center is supporting The Beaverton School District’s free store “Clothes for Kids” with their annual Giving Tree. St. Gabriel’s Junior Youth Group of 4th-7th graders will set up and run the project to collect urgently needed new gloves of all sizes, new winter outwear (jackets and coats) of all sizes, and new men’s and boy’s boxer shorts and new women’s and girl’s underwear. Choose one or more tags from the Giving Tree in the entry of the church starting Sunday, November 21 after the 10:00 am service, purchase those items new (with underwear in original packaging), attach the tag to it, and place it under the Giving Tree. Items should not be wrapped with gift paper. Please purchase and return items as early as possible so they can serve as family holiday gifts if desired. Junior Youth Group will also schedule a shopping trip to purchase some items directly with donated funds.
We are also collecting gently used and laundered clothing and shoes as we always do (socks and underwear should always be new and in original packaging- no used please). Place those items in the plastic tote outside our front entrance or in the large box inside the front entrance.
“Friendship Circle” Social Gatherings for People Over 55 Years
St. Gabriel is hosting social gatherings open to friends and neighbors designed to develop and enhance friendships while having fun together playing games and working puzzles.
The gathering will be held at the church in-person every other Thursday from 1:00-3:00 pm. Please check our event calendar for upcoming dates. The church will provide the games, light snacks, and beverages. Please note that Covid vaccinations are encouraged and masks are required. Any questions, please contact the church office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone during office hours at 503-645-0744.
St. Gabriel Art Camp
In lieu of VBS, St. Gabriel offers a full day summer kids’ Art Camp with a gentle spiritual component held for a week in mid-July. Given the church’s multicultural neighborhood, this program is designed to focus more generally on a guiding and loving higher power called God and the values all religions share like peace, love, respect for others, and care of the earth. Children preschool through grade school can attend as campers, with middle and high school youth serving as group leaders supported by adult volunteers. Professional artists and teachers are hired and paid to design and present each segment, and lunch and snacks are provided. Throughout each day campers explore art, drama, music and movement, storytelling, and ecology based on a theme. Art Camp operates as a non-profit and charges tuition, as well as offering some scholarships. We are hopeful we will be able to offer Art Camp again in summer 2022. We are currently reworking our upcoming theme of Native Peoples, but we are following new perimeters to present it respectfully without cultural appropriation. To learn more about Art Camp, go to our Facebook page here: St. Gabriel Art Camp | Facebook. To ask a question or to register for Art Camp, please send an email to email@example.com.
Palm Sunday Egg Hunt
Everyone in the neighborhood knows about St. Gabriel’s Palm Sunday Community Egg Hunt! It takes place at 3:00 pm sharp on the Sunday before Easter and is held outside in the field below St. Gabriel. All children up through 5th grade are welcome to hunt. After looking for eggs in our lower field (we will move inside if weather is too wet) we will come inside to hear a Holy Week story and award special prizes for each child. Although our egg hunt was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, we hope to be able to offer it again on Palm Sunday April 10, 2022 at 3:00 pm if conditions allow us to do so safely.
Wonder Wednesday Storytime & Art Project
St. Gabriel hosts a fun and free weekly summer literacy event called “Wonder Wednesday Storytime and Art Project”. It is for young children, their parents, and caregivers. Cancelled due to the pandemic for the summers of 2020 and 2021, we hope to be able to offer it again in summer 2022, if conditions allow us to do so safely.
Recitals, Concerts, & Building Rental
The sanctuary at St. Gabriel is known by musicians and music teachers to be a “sweet spot” for music. This, along with our high-quality grand piano puts the sanctuary in demand for recitals and concerts. We also host weddings, meetings, classes, and other special events depending on the availability of the building and the appropriateness of use. Most uses of the building require a contract, and rental, and cleaning fees. If you would like to ask about renting our church building, please contact our church office by phone at 503-645-0744 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Gabriel Episcopal Preschool (closed permanently in 2020)
From 2014 to 2020 St. Gabriel Episcopal School (SGES) offered a Reggio Emilia-influenced preschool and prekindergarten program within the church building. The church and school looked forward to a time when the building could expand to include dedicated preschool classrooms. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 epidemic forced the school to go entirely online from March 2020 – June 2020, and then forced the difficult decision not to open for the 2020- 21 school year. Before the end of 2020, the church Vestry made the decision to permanently close the school due to financial restraints and no sign of schools re-opening. With twice the number of preschools open in the area now than in 2014, and public preschool being proposed, there is no plan at this time to re-open another preschool.