Parish Ministries

Here are some of the ministries, both inbound and outbound, you’ll find at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church.

Find out more about the parish’s clergy, choir, and pastoral care team by visiting the links to those pages.

Works of the People

Works of the people include liturgical tasks that happen outside the altar, as well as works of ongoing hospitality.

  • Prosphora baking
  • Reading the Epistle
  • Greeting at the door
  • Preparing lunch (team)
  • Cleaning the church (after Sunday Liturgy)
  • Ringing the bell during the Creed
  • Caring for the lawn and grounds

If you would like to volunteer for any of those tasks, look for a quarterly schedule in the narthex (foyer) of the church. On the bottom of that sheet, you’ll find contact information for the person in charge of the scheduling.

Church School

Because we think it’s important for children to be in church for Liturgy, church school happens for a half hour to 45 minutes after Liturgy is over. It generally runs from September to June, roughly from the Church New Year to Pentecost on the Church calendar, alongside the public school year on the secular calendar. Parishioners meet in late summer to develop a church school plan that meets the needs of the children in the parish at the time.

Charitable Outreach

St. Nicholas parishioners participate in —

  • Aid to homeless individuals and families
  • Supporting Portland’s Orthodox elementary school
  • Supporting an Orthodox mission in Kona, Hawaii

And other works.

Works of the Church

Because we’re a fairly small parish, you’ll find that our ministries change over time, along with our people. If you’d like to get involved in something you don’t see here, contact us for more information or to make a suggestion.