What To Expect


What happens on a Sunday morning?

We gather in worship, sing and pray, greet one another, welcome guests, share joys and heartaches, hear a message and the ways we can join together in serving God and sharing Jesus’ love in the world.

How do I find the church?

We are located in Tigard, Oregon, just off of Pacific Highway, at the top of the hill on
Canterbury Lane. Here’s our address. Drop it in your map app and it will lead you right to our door.

Rise Church
10445 SW Canterbury Lane
Tigard, OR 97224

How long will the service last?

Our services begin at 10:00 am on Sunday and last about an hour.

Where do I park?

We have plenty of convenient parking. There’s a small lot on the west side of the church and a big parking lot on the east side of the church. Also, there’s plenty of street parking on Canterbury Lane in front of the church.

What time do I need to arrive?

You are welcome to arrive before 10:00 am. People often gather and visit before church, and check in with their friends and other members. If you come early we would be happy to show you around the facilities. Or if you prefer to “sneak” in and check things out, you are welcome to slide in the door right at 10:00 am.

What happens when I arrive?

We always have greeters at the main double doors on the Canterbury side of the building. This is the main entrance. The greeters will welcome you, answer any questions, and show you the way to our worship area. They will have the latest edition of Rise at Glance, a printed card with basic info about the church. If you are willing to share your contact info, the greeters will show you where to write it down. When you enter the sanctuary, you may choose a seat, wherever you feel comfortable. We have a big spacious sanctuary. Make yourself comfortable.

What are services like?

Services have a weekly liturgy (order of worship) that helps us move through the service and include the Entry into Celebration, a prayer we say together that is called Prayer Leading to New Life and New Beginnings, a time to Share the Peace and greet one another with the peace of Christ, a Children’s Time, usually two readings from the Bible, a message from the pastor to help us understand and live the Christian life in the world today, and we sing songs together, plus there’s special music by the choir or individuals. We aim for a blended service that includes traditional and contemporary music, so everyone feels at home. Words to prayers and hymns are projected on the screens, and we have paper copies of the service if you find that helpful.

Once a month we have communion or what is called the Lord’s Supper, a time to share the bread and cup that Jesus started for his followers. The service is warm and engaging. Sometimes we laugh. There’s no pressure. We want you to be comfortable and explore faith and the possibility of making Rise your church home. After the service concludes, join us in Fellowship Hall for refreshments and conversation.

Do I need to bring any money?

No. While the church is funded by donations from members and friends, there is no charge or expectation that visitors will donate money.

What should I wear?

Some people dress up. Some people are very casual. Come dressed in whatever way you feel comfortable.

Will there be something for my kids?

Yes, we encourage kids to participate in the service until the Children’s Time. After that children are dismissed to attend Sunday school and a special lesson prepared for them that follows the same theme of the worship service. Sunday school for kids takes place September through June, with special activities provided at the back of the church during the summer. Don’t worry about making some noise. We love kids and commotion. Contact Rev. Terrie Sutton if you'd like to know more.

What is there for my teenagers?

Teenagers can participate in all aspects of church life. As a matter of fact, we like it when they do. Throughout the year we also provide special gatherings for older youth – things like pizza night or fun outings or mission projects. Sometime teens take mission trips to help others or serve. Want more info? Contact Rev. Terri Sutton.

How can I become a member?

As a Presbyterian Church, we don’t have a long list of things you need to believe or do to become a member. Really, it is just four basic questions: Is Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior? Do you trust in him? Do you intend to be his disciple, obey his word and show his love? And will you be a faithful member of this church in every way, and will you seek the fellowship of the church wherever you may be? That's it. Nothing more. We will help you join in the life of the church, meet people, maybe find a group, and ways to serve and grow in faith.

Want to find out more?

Contact Pastor Jim Wallace by calling the church, making an appointment, or emailing him directly at  jwallace@risetigard.org.

Sunday Services

Our teams prepare digilently every week to serve you the best we can. We know that you have other ways you could spend your Sunday, so we value your decision to join us. From the hot coffee waiting for you in the lobby, to our kids classes, and our worship services - we want you to make yourself at home!

We encourage you to come early, grab a cup of coffee, and have a chat with us before worship at 10:00 am.

If you'd like we can show you around the church and introduce you to some other folks.

Wednesdays - Food & Fellowship

It's always great to share a meal with others. Take a break mid-week, grab a plate, and taste what our gourmet chef cooked up. It's always something good.

After we eat, there are plenty of interesting things we can engage in right on campus. It could be anything, maybe a movie, maybe some personal finance, maybe just some information on a mission. Make plans to grow, have fun, and do life together with our church family on Wednesdays!

During Covid, we're having pick-up meals every other Wednesday, and our programs on Zoom. Check the events page for details and specific dates.