Advent and Christmas at St. Mary’s 2022

Saturday, November 26 – Prepare the way of the Lord – join Altar Guild in decorating the sanctuary for the season. Come at 10:30 am. Snacks will be served!

Sunday, November 27 – First Sunday in Advent! Please join us after the 10 am service for a Holiday Feast and to make an advent wreath to take home. This is a lovely tradition that keeps the season alive all week long. St. Mary’s will provide turkey and you are invited to bring a dish.  RSVP here and sign up to bring a dish. So that we have enough supplies, also note on your RSVP if you would like to make a wreath.

Wednesday, November 30 – special 5:30 pm Holy Eucharist with Confirmation. Bishop Lucinda will be with us to confirm members of our congregation. Please come and support our newest members, and renew your own Baptismal Covenant. A reception will follow in Edwards Hall.

Thursday, December 1 – Pacific Grove Parade of Lights! We had so much fun last year, we’re doing it again! Wear some lights and join us, or cheer us on from the sidelines.

Saturday, December 3 – Winterdance! Tickets available at Read more about it here. For more information contact Jackie Pierce (

Sunday, December 4 – Second Sunday in Advent. Pop-up theology with Pastor Kristine during coffee hour. Church of the Wild Blue Yonder on Asilomar Beach at 3 pm.

Saturday, December 10 – Music and Mulled Wine, 2 pm. Enjoy a concert on our wonderful organ by our even more wonderful Music Director, Nicholas Mourlam, and stay afterwards to enjoy time together. Purchase tickets at

Sunday, December 11 – Third Sunday in Advent. Celtic Evening Prayer service, 5 pm. Join us for a service of music, prayer, word and reflection.

Saturday, December 17 – Advent quiet morning in Edwards Hall, 9:30-12:00. “Prepare the way of the Lord” by finding stillness in the heart of a busy season. We will reflect on scripture, have time to respond in silence, art, or writing. The morning will conclude with a service of morning prayer.

Sunday December 18 – Fourth Sunday in Advent. Christmas Cookie Sampler at coffee hour.

Christmas Eve (Saturday, December 24) – 4 pm Holy Eucharist with creche (live-streamed) – Especially appropriate for families. All children and youth are invited to participate. Special musical opportunities! Youth serve as readers; contact Sarah Schramm to sign up. Children assemble the crèche as the story is told. Participants are asked to arrive between 3:30 and 4:00 to be coached!

Christmas Eve – 9 pm Holy Eucharist with Choir, Organ, and Strings (live-streamed)

Christmas Day (Sunday, December 25)10 am Holy Eucharist with Choir, Organ, and Trumpet (live-streamed)

January 1, 2023 – 10 am Holy Eucharist with favorite Christmas carols. We’ll gather to continue the celebration of Jesus’ birth, singing our favorite carols with piano accompaniment. Start 2023 off right with this casual, fun service!

Beginning January 1 – Journey through the Gospel of Matthew in 50 days. As we conclude Lectionary Year C, which uses texts from Luke’s Gospel, we look ahead to year A which begins Advent 1. Matthew is the dominant gospel in year A, and this gives us a chance to read it in its entirety, put it in context, and ask questions. We will meet in small groups weekly, days/times TBD. We will use Marek Zabriskie’s A Journey With Matthew, available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Forward Movement, and other sources. If you’d like the church to get a copy for you, please contact our Parish Administrator, Penny Portillo.

Note: The list of Advent and Christmas events is subject to change; watch the weekly email for updates.