Advent & Christmas 2021

Christmas Eve Worship 2021– In-Person and Online Worship
Christmas Eve Worship
Friday, December 24, 4 p.m.
In the Sanctuary – Family Friendly
Celebrate with Christmas carols,
re-telling the Christmas story, and rejoicing together!
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Friday, December 24, 7 p.m.
Choir, Organ, Harp and Candlelight

“The Stars Are Brightly Shining,” our Advent theme this year, is taken from the
beloved Christmas song “O Holy Night.” “O holy night, the stars are brightly
shining, it is the night of our dear Savior’s birth…” Through challenging times, the light shines brightly, in us and through us. It shines inward to reassure our hearts and minds, and it shines outward bringing light and love to the world, pushing back the darkness, and creating a place, a stable and manger, where new life will be born.
We invite you to join us in the journey through Advent this season – through in-person and online worship, Advent Devotions and Bible Study, Alternative Christmas and Angel Tree, and our Christmas Eve worship services.


Santa Monica Nativity Scenes

Santa Monica’s famed Nativity Scenes are returning to their most recent home at Calvary Baptist Church for their annual display, now thru January 3. The event features 14 dioramas in the display that depicts scenes from the New Testament, including The Annunciation, Joseph’s dream, and Herod’s Court as well as the Manger. The display begins along Broadway, and ends along 20th Street. 
To see this year’s display, drivers can head East on Broadway from 19th Street. Metered parking is available on the street and limited parking in the church parking lot.  We thank Dennis Payne, Brandon Searfoss, Chuck Kearsley, and Tricia and Adam Guerrero for building the nativity scene that First UMC is responsible for installing yearly.  


Creche in the Courtyard

Come by the church campus during the month of December to view the annual Creche scene. This year, additional decorations will be provided by Mike Eskridge to make the area even more special.


Advent Bible Study

Join Tricia Guerrero for an Advent Bible study on Zoom, for three Thursdays in December. The study will help us to prepare for Sunday worship in Advent, as we reflect on the coming Sunday’s scripture, alongside parts of John August Swanson’s artwork, The Annunciation. To sign up, fill out this form.

Bible Study: Thursdays, December 2, 9, 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m.


Advent Devotional – 2021

This year, the Spiritual Formation Council invites you to read your Advent Devotional – offered in both printed and online versions, starting on the first Sunday of Advent, November 28. The devotional is written by First UMC congregants and provides a wonderful opportunity to share Advent with family and friends. This year’s theme is “The Stars Are Brightly Shining.”

*We’re excited to also offer Audio Devotion files for the Sundays in Advent, and the last week of Advent. Listen Here

Download/Read the 2021 Advent Devotional Booklet here
Sign up now to receive the daily email devotions:


We miss our annual Christmas Concert with beautiful music and carols, but we are grateful to provide you with a recording of the music from the 2019 concert. Click here for tracks


Christmas Mission Projects:

Alternative Christmas Fair – Online

Sponsored by the Mission Council, the Alternative Christmas Fair is a way to support mission projects and programs in the community and around the world, by giving a financial gift in the name of a loved one. Each donation ($5 minimum) comes with a e-card with the gift information. Share the SPIRIT of Christmas!

This year we celebrate Alternative Christmas here on the website through December. Click here for more info


Angel Tree Project

Angel Tree is back and is again being chaired by church member, Chris Ruud. This church/community project fills 26 laundry baskets with new household items to provide the families of Family Place/Upward Bound House with new things for Christmas. To learn more and participate, click here. Project ends December 12.