Advent and Christmas at St. Paul's

Each day in the Advent season and the Christmas season offers opportunities to rejoice in the anticipation and celebration of God's greatest gift: Jesus.

Advent Craft Workshop - virtually

Our virtual version of the Annual Advent Craft Workshop offers a variety of short original videos and craft-making demonstrations featuring some familiar faces from St. Paul's. Many thanks to all the craft leader who donated their time and talents to make this virtual experience possible!

The workshop will be available for viewing right here beginning Monday, November 22 and will remain accessible throughout the season of Advent and Christmastide. 


Advent & CHristmas

November 28 - the First Sunday in Advent. Worship in person in the Sanctuary at 9:00 or 10:30, or view the livestream of the 10:30 worship service.

December 5 - the Second Sunday in Advent. This is Children's Sunday, when families begin in the Sanctuary together for worship; children will be escorted to their classrooms for Sunday School following the children's message.

December 12 - the Third Sunday in Advent. This is Music Sunday. Our ensemble this year may be smaller than some years pre-covid but the beautiful music from our Sanctuary Choir, organ, handbells ensemble, and guest instrumentalists will enliven worship at 10:30.

December 19 - the Fourth Sunday in Advent.

December 24 - Christmas Eve, 5:00 p.m. This family-friendly service will include a Pop-Up Pageant - all those present will be invited to participate as they wish.

December 24 - Christmas Eve, 9:30 PM Organ Prelude. Come early for this musical offering featuring our acclaimed organist, Marvin Mills, with selections ranging from classical to contemporary. Worship beings at 10:00 PM. This service features traditional music, a message from the pastors, and candlelight.

December 26 - First Sunday in Christmastide is traditionally an opportunity to sing more old favorite Christmas carols and listen to new perspectives on the birth of Jesus. We will have one service at 10:30 AM this day.

The livestream worship services and worship bulletin are available each week at our Worship-at-Home page (click here). Please note that plans may change based on covid-19, weather conditions, and clergy, staff, and volunteer availability. Thank you for your understanding!

Christmas Pageant

As we work through the second holiday season of covid, we acknowledge the challenges faced by families with young children under 5 who are not yet eligible for a vaccine, and older children who may not yet be fully vaccinated before Christmas.

Even Covid-19 cannot possibly stifle the joyful celebration of the birth of Christ! Instead of a traditional, rehearsed pageant or a Zoom-style recorded pageant, our pastors will guide children through a Pop-Up Pageant during the family-friendly worship service on Christmas Eve, December 24. All you have to do is show up, and those willing to join in the fun will be given "roles" and shepherded through the "performance" during the worship service.

For more information, contact Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton at or 301-933-7933 ext. 103. 

Photo below: St. Paul's pageant 2017.

Special Holiday Giving

St. Paul's has three separate ways to warm heart even during the cold weather months.

  • The Holiday Giving program (click here!) provides gifts for children and food for families in our 20895 ZIP code area. This includes our regular Hunger Ministry families plus referrals from Montgomery County DHHS.
  • Scattered for Service is the "alternative gift" program. Select from our 16 hand-picked charities and choose the one(s) you wish to support, and receive personalized acknowledgement cards knowing 100% of your contribution will go to the organization of your choice.
  • The annual Christmas Offering is usually received during Christmas Eve worship and looks beyond our walls to bring help and hope to those less fortunate. This year the offering will be evenly divided between UMCOR and the Hunger Ministry.

If you would like to make a general offering or pledge support for 2022, please find that information on our Giving page, or contact Michelle Gregonis, Treasurer, at

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