St. Gabriel Art Camp
In non-pandemic times 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 some scholarships. We are hopeful we will be able to offer Art Camp again in summer 2022 with the theme “Chinook Trickster Tales: Coyote, Blue-jay, and Sasquatch” based on local Native American stories. To learn more about Art Camp, go to our Facebook page here: St. Gabriel Art Camp | Facebook.
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 on the Sunday before Easter and is held outside in the field below St. Gabriel. All kids are welcome to the free event that culminates with a Holy Week story and special prizes awarded. Although cancelled due to the pandemic, we hope to be able to offer it again in 2022 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 summer 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)
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.