The Upper Room
The UPPER ROOM is closed until COVID-19 re-opening rules allow larger groups to gather.
Call Carolyn Hampton 503-780-5211 for more information.
A Place Where Children and Adults Explore, Have Fun, and Learn Together
From musical instruments to puppets, story books to wooden figures & structures that can tell almost any story, quiet places for meditation to spaces for active play, learning centers to hands-on mission projects, games to puzzles, a table for coloring to space for serious discussion, Bible stories to Christian history ... this is place for children, youth, and adults to interact, ask questions, and explore.
Drop in some Saturday night!
Dinner is at 5pm downstairs, then we sing our way to The Upper Room around 6:15pm for an enjoyable evening of varied activities: some planned, some spontaneous.
Dinner at 5pm
Hands-on Music experience at 6:15 pm
Bible Storytime at 6:45 pm
Intergenerational experience at 7 pm
Homeward Bound at 7:30 pm
Contact us: text or call 503-780-5211 to reach our coordinator, Pastor Carolyn Hampton, anytime.
OR, call the church office 503-623-3397 Monday through Thursday 9am-1pm and speak with one of our members.
OR, check us out on Facebook
What Inspired Us
Two moms who wanted to be with their children and know what they were learning. Five young children who needed some Christian education. A church of just 40-some members with unused space. A retired pastor/Christian educator.
We came together to try to figure out how to fill the children's needs and honor the mothers' desires. Discussion evolved into ideas for a Saturday night gathering with food, learning, and fellowship.
We started with 8 people ranging in age from 5 to 65 (moms, children, retired pastor). Now, two years later, our group of about 25 people (if we are all there at the same time) spans ages 2 to 92.
We have become a very supportive community that welcomes all newcomers to join us for food and activities.
Things We Do
- Tell and hear stories: the Bible's and our own
- Make music with our wide variety of instruments, including our own voices (coming soon: handbells!)
- have fun
- play games - some for fun, some for learning
- color pictures
- make cards and gifts
- use puppets and wooden figures in our storytelling
- pray for each other and people we may not know
- explore our Bibles
- learn about God, our world, other people
- worship God
- love one another
- Making Nametags for school back packs given out at Dallas Family Night Out (300-500 each year)
- Providing reusable shopping bags to help contol plastics hurting our environment (distributed 500 in 2018)
- Providing Fair-Traded coffee, tea, and chocolate to our congregation, the Play Park, and for sale. Support small farmers internationally!
An Experiment in Intergenerational Ministry
How do we share the Christian faith between generations if we are not together? Over the past 60 or so years churches have moved from programs from 'everyone together in worship and Bible study in family groups afterwards' to 'worship for adults, Sunday school for children, and youth group for the in-betweens'. That is, we've gone from ministry centered around the nuclear family to ministry centered around the ages and stages of life.
While everyone loves to be with their peers, we also need time in multi-age groups and multi-generational groups. Think of you and your friends or 'buddies': that's usually a peer group. Then think about a couple of households getting together: that's a multi-age group. Now think about when your whole extended family is together, from great-grandparents to the newest baby: that is a multi-generational group.
It is at these gatherings of multi-generational groups that the stories are told. The older folk spin yarns about when they were young, or when the middle-age folk were children, or what has been invented over their lifetime. These stories give us roots, a sense of belonging, an understanding that not all of our ancestors were perfect (but loved none the less), and a history to be a part of.
In the church, it is in these multi-generational gatherings that faith is passed from one person to another, where we learn that we are a part of a great line of Christians that extends back to the first disciples of Jesus, and of faithful people that extends back to Adam and Eve. From pillars of the faith to mis-fits and screw-ups, our ancestors have all been loved by God just as we are.
Intergenerational ministry gives us the chance to meet our Christian family with all it's glory and woes, and to learn that God is with us always ... in good times and bad.