The Holidays are upon us! To see the various offering that we offer, please scroll down.
Christmas at San marino community church
Community Church has several offerings available on christmas eve beginning at 2:00 P.m. | open to all!
To learn more about each service please read below!
2:00 P.M. Young Families Service | Fellowship Hall
Join us for "The ABC's of Christmas!" Formatted for young children and their families, Willow Stephens and members of the Virginia Road Band will lead in joyful carols throughout this interactive service. Bring your favorite schoolyard instrument & be prepared to have fun while we tell the story of Jesus' birth in a fun (and inevitably noisy!) tradition.
3:00 - 6:00 P.M. Visit with Live Nativity Animals in the Courtyard!
4:00 P.M. Children's Nativity Pageant Service | Sanctuary
Come enjoy this family-friendly service where our children and youth lead us through the Christmas story! This service is ideal for families of all ages.
6:00 P.M. Contemporary Service | Fellowship Hall
We gather in Fellowship Hall for carols led by the Virginia Road Band as we light the Christ Candle, conclude the Jesse Tree, and sing Silent Night by candlelight. Rev. Jessica Vaughan Lower preaches. Childcare will be offered during this service.
8:00 P.M. & 10:00 P.M. Traditional Candlelight Services | Sanctuary
Enjoy music led by Dr. Peter Green and Lisa Edwards as the choir sings traditional Christmas Carols with a string quartet during the 8:00 P.M. service and the Community Church Ensemble leads accompanied by harp at the 10:00 P.M. service. We will light the Christ Candle and conclude in song by candlelight as we look forward to greeting Christmas Day. Rev. Jessica Vaughan Lower preaches. The 8:00 P.M. service will be livestreamed and recorded for later viewing.
hope in a weary throat | reflection series
thursdays during advent | church chapel | 7:00 P.m.
This immersive, candlelit series was specially crafted for our congregation by Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery of the Duke University Chapel, and features musical performances, study & reflection. Led by our Associate Pastor, Rev. Dr. Erik Wiebe. Open to all.
Community choir & youth group caroling
wednesday, december 21 | 6:30 P.M.
Whether you are a choir member, totally tone deaf, or an avid karaoke singer, come join the Community Church Choir and Youth Group as we carol to our San Marino neighbors! We will meet at the church at 6:30 P.M. and head out around 7:00 P.M. Wear your favorite Christmas sweater and be ready to spread some joy!
Advent series 2022: wonder. Healing. Joy. Justice
kicks off on sunday, november 20
Our annual Advent Devotional, accompanying our Advent Sermon Series, is available now! Printed copies can be picked up in the Courtyard or Church Office or you can download a digital copy to enjoy on the device of your choice!
To download a copy of the Advent Devotional, click here.
Advent Devotional: daily podcast
To accompany our Advent Devotional, this year we have created a Daily Advent Podcast! Each day of Advent, we invite you to read along while listening to our Staff read their devotionals. Look for step-by-step directions for how to listen in our weekly Fridge Flyer & Eblasts.
Christmas extravaganza | sunday, december 4
starting at 3:30 P.M. | free event for the whole community
Join us on the second Sunday of Advent, December 4, for a Christmas Celebration like no other! Our annual events, including the Mission Market, Christmas Concert, and Family Advent Workshop will be taking place in the afternoon, followed by the Courtyard Tree Lighting with music by Willow Stephens and a very festive Sunday Supper. To learn more about these offerings, see below!
annual Christmas Concert: Handel's Messiah
sunday, december 4 | sanctuary | 4:00 P.M.
After you've had a chance to do some purposeful holiday shopping, Our Director of Traditional Worship Dr. Peter Green and the Community Church Choir, along with Soloists and an Orchestra will perform Handel's Messiah as well as several beloved Christmas Carols in the Sanctuary at 4:00 P.M. The Mission Market will remain open during this time.
family advent worshop
sunday, december 4 | fellowship hall | 4:00 P.m.
During the Concert, we will also be offering an Advent Workshop for families and children hosted by the Children's Ministries and SMCC Nursery School. If you would like to attend, please click here to register. Suggested donation is $20 for Individuals & $30 for Families.
Any questions can be directed to Director of Children's Ministries, Natalie MacMillan.
courtyard tree lighting & sunday supper
sunday, december 4 | church courtyard | 5:30 P.M.
Following the Concert and Advent Workshop, Willow Stephens will lead us in Carols as we light the Courtyard Tree. Once lit, we invite all to stay for our monthly Sunday Supper featuring grilled brats, hot cider & cocoa, roasted chestnuts, and a Christmas Cookie Exchange. We invite you to bring your favorite holiday cookies to share!
Christmas mission market | November 20 - December 11
Christmas Mission Market alternative gifts will be available for purchase in the Church Courtyard. You will have the opportunity to purchase a wide array of meaningful alternative gifts that benefit SMCC’s mission partners and friends.
The Mission Market for 2022 has ended.
Questions? You can send the Mission Team an email by clicking here.
christmas giving tree | november 20 & 27, december 4
sundays in the courtyard between services
Give the gift of giving! Join our church family in making a real difference in the lives of low-income families with the Christmas Giving Tree. This ministry supports families through Community Church mission partner La Casa de San Gabriel, which has been helping families in need for more than 70 years, including operating a preschool and holding teen support groups.
Visit our annual Giving Tree in the Courtyard for ornaments representing gifts for boys or girls (valued between $25 and $30) and to contribute cash donations of any amount, used to provide grocery gift cards for Christmas dinners. Cash is the most needed item and can also be mailed to the Church Office with the memo “Giving Tree.” Thank you for being a blessing to others!
Questions? Email the Giving Tree Team.