“...for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all people.” Isaiah 56:7

Welcome

You have found the dynamic, friendly and inclusive Christian community that is St. Mary’s by the Sea Episcopal Church. Whether a visitor to the area, new arrival or long-time resident; military, civilian, retired or unemployed; single or partnered; with children or not; if you seek a unique and nurturing place where you (and your family) can belong, deepen your relationship with God, and help make a difference locally and around the world, this is the place for you. Please join us.

St. Mary’s by the Sea is an Episcopal parish founded in 1886 in the Diocese of El Camino Real—which is a member of the Worldwide Anglican Communion. We are located in Pacific Grove—also known as “America’s Last Hometown” on California’s spectacular Central Coast, and just one block away from the beautiful Pacific Ocean.


Upcoming Events

SEP
14th

St. Mary’s by-the-Sea Annual Homecoming

Immediately following the 10:00am service SUNDAY, September 14th, is the annual St. Mary's Homecoming and BBQ; our official kickoff for the new Fall church school program. All are welcome and parishioners are encouraged to bring friends. Church member Fritz Renner donates and BBQs hot dogs and hamburgers, youth group serves up delicious cotton candy, and everyone can bounce off the calories in the bounce house! Hope to see you there! For more information and to sign up, please contact Laura at laurah1@comcast.net

SEP
24th

Celtic Music Concert

7:00 PM, $20, kids 12 and under $8

Join us on Wednesday, September 24th at 7:00 p.m. for a Celtic Music Concert! Featuring Wendy MacIsaac (fiddler), Cape Breton (step-dancer), and Mary Jane Lamond (vocals).

Cost $20, kids 12 and under $8. Advance tickets available online or contact Jackie at (831) 224-3819 or email fiddlejamjp@gmail.com.

St. Mary’s is pleased to host these award winning musicians. A powerful collaboration borne of a long-time friendship and shared love of Celtic music. Whether it is the mesmerizing Gaelic vocals of Mary Jane, or the superb and true musicianship of Wendy on the fiddle, this duo has been making their mark with traditional audiences worldwide for over two decades. Please come and experience Nova Scotia’s native daughters on their West Coast tour. Their most recent CD, Seinn, was nominated for 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award Ensemble of the Year and Traditional Album of the Year, and their hit song “If You Were Mine” has been number one on the list of top 10 traditional songs in both Canada and the US.

OCT
2nd

The Fund for Homeless Women Fundraiser at Montrio Bistro

5:30–7:30 PM at Montrio Bistro in Downtown Monterey

Join us for food, wine, laughter, and live music for a good cause. Sip award wining wines, savor Chef Baker appetizers, listen to live music, and view photos from an exhibition called Becoming Visible: The Face of Homeless Women in Monterey County.

$50.00 per person / 100% of money raised will benefit The Fund for Homeless Women. Space is limited to 100 persons.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling Reverend Michael Reid at (831) 373-4441.


Godly Play Sunday School

Our kids enjoy Godly Play where they learn about the church through stories and activities. We have 2 Godly Play rooms, for grades pre-K to 2, and 3 to 5. We also have a toddler room and Youth Group.

The goal of Godly Play is to enable children to use sacred story, parable, liturgical action, and silence to become more aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives and in the community of children gathered for worship. Every Sunday the biblical story is followed by a time of reflection when the worshipping community of children and teachers engage in open, shared dialogue about the story with one another, guided by the storyteller. This time of reflection is followed by a time of active response. Children choose from a variety of good quality art materials such as watercolors, clay, tempura paints, felt, shells, wood, markers or colored pencils. They create their own responses to the lesson. Some children prefer to hear another story or will take down a story from the shelves and work with it on their own. The teachers’ primary concern is that work is a result of the child’s own creativity.