Advent and Christmas at St. Paul's

Each Sunday offers opportunities to be involved in worship, fellowship, and service at St. Paul's. 

Please read below for details about worship services during this holy and beautiful holiday season.

Children's Advent Craft Workshop

This annual workshop for children will be held Saturday, December 7, 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room. 

Children (and their adult and youth friends) will have the opportunity to make a variety of Advent and Christmas-related crafts.  This is free of charge, but donations are welcome. 

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Meg Baker (, 301 933-7933 ext. 104).

(If you want, make plans to also enjoy pancakes and other dishes at the monthly Pancake Breakfast upstairs! Serving hours 8:00-10:30am.)

Christmas Tree Sale

The annual UMM Christmas tree sale will be held on weekends December 6 through December 22 (plus or minus a day or so depending on when the trees sell out). All proceeds support the ministry and charitable activities of St. Paul's.

The sale is open only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Sale hours are: 

Fridays 12:00-7:30 PM

Saturdays 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

Sundays 11:45 AM–5:00 PM

The sale will feature Douglas, Fraser, and Canaan firs. All trees are priced according to size - there is no price difference based on variety. 

Pine roping and wreaths will also be sold by Boy Scout Troop #439. 

Volunteers are needed to staff the sale. If you can spare a few hours, please sign up in the church office!

Christmas Pageant

All children in grades K-5 are encouraged to participate in the Christmas Pageant! For everyone's sanity, however, we cannot add new participants after November 3. This year's pageant is a musical setting of the holiday favorite The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

PARENTS: Practices are held on Sundays, 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room, with a dress rehearsal in the Sanctuary on Saturday, December 21 (time TBD). A snack will be provided at each rehearsal. 

The 2019 Christmas Pageant will be presented as the feature of the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, December 22, 2018.

(Read more about our other Music programs by clicking here.)

Sunday Worship Schedule

  • Sunday, DEcember 1

    The first Sunday of Advent includes Communion at both 9:00 and 10:30 worship services. St. Paul's giving tree will be available in the Narthex. We hope you will select a tag and provide a Christmas gift for a child in need in our local area. You can read more about this project on our Holiday Giving page.

  • Sunday, December 8

    The second Sunday of Advent includes all the usual features of our beautiful worship time together. Both the contemplative 9:00 worship with communion and the traditional 10:30 worship service will offer seasonal hymns, scripture, and coffee hour afterwards in the Octagon. Visit our poinsettia coordinator, Betsy Sanford, in the Narthex after each worship service to order poinsettias, with a dedication in honor or memory of someone special.

  • Sunday, December 15

    The third Sunday of Advent is Music Sunday, as is our tradition. Our Sanctuary Choir will be leading worship with selections from living American composers, including our own Marvin Mills. Soloists, full choir, and Joyful Ringers bells will make the 10:30 service ring with glad tidings of great joy. The 9:00 worship service continues to offer a quieter, more contemplative experience with communion. Our poinsettia coordinator will be available following each worship service for those who wish to order poinsettias and make dedications.

  • Sunday, December 22

    The fourth Sunday of Advent is our Pageant Sunday. The 9:00 a.m. worship service will meet in the Octagon this day. The centerpiece of the 10:30 a.m. service will be the pageant in the Sanctuary, as young people in Kindergarten through grade 5 present a musical setting of the popular story The Best Christmas Pageant Ever during worship.

  • Monday, December 24 (evening)

    The Christmas Eve worship service designed to be especially family-friendly will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 24. Our Youth Choir will provide music and we'll have glow-stick lights.

    At 9:30 p.m., enjoy a musical prelude in the Sanctuary by organist Marvin Mills. The candlelight worship service starts at 10:00 p.m. The Sanctuary Choir will lead as we sing beloved carols and take time to reflect on the message of Christmas.

  • Sunday, December 29

    Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton will share a sermon on this First Sunday of Christmastide during the usual Sunday worship times, 9:00 and 10:30 a.m.

Poinsettias & Wreaths

Our sanctuary will again be decorated with poinsettias and our doors with wreaths.  Plan to stop by the Narthex on Sunday, December 8 or Sunday, December 15 after either worship service to place an order with Betsy Sanford, coordinator. An online order form will also be available in early December through our website, Poinsettias will be $15 each, available in either red or white. You are encouraged to provide a brief dedication in honor or memory of someone special. If you wish to keep your poinsettia, please pick it up after the Christmas Eve service or in the Narthex the following week. Wreaths are $30 each and only a limited number of wreath sponsorships are available, so order early. Checks should be made out to St. Paul's UMC with "poinsettia" on the memo line. Please contact the church office if you have any questions at or 301-933-7933.

Holiday Office Hours

Please note: Church office hours change during the holidays! 

We are closed on Wednesday, December 25 & Thursday, December 26.

The office will also be closed in observance of New Year's Day on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. 

In the event of a pastoral emergency while the office is closed, call 301-933-7933 then dial ext 101 and listen for instructions on how to reach Rev. Adam Snell after hours.