Home for Christmas

This holiday, we settle into home and from there we consider the traditions of the season:

  • lighting the advent candles,
  • taking a family photo,
  • special recipes we share with friends,
  • and journeying to holy places.

This year, the holidays will be different, and thus these things are reinterpreted in new ways. We must never lose sight of the reasons these traditions mean so much to us. They are gifts of the incarnation. We sense the presence of the divine in our breath, our human relationships, our moments of remembering, giving thanks, and facing a new day. God comes to us in flesh and bone through Jesus Christ. This season we watch for this presence from our homes.


Anticipation - Nov. 29 - Dec. 5

DIY Advent Wreath 
Kit pick-up Nov. 22. Ideas, Inspiration, and Litany.

Daily Advent Devotions preview - Nov. 29-Dec. 24
A View of Christmas Hope from My Window - a collection of writings from members and pastors
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Alternative Christmas GIFTS
Give the gift of Christmas hope at this virtual gift fair, Dec. 1-31.

Virtual Angel Tree 
Gifts for children of incarcerated parents, donate by Dec. 5.


Memories Dec. 6 - 12

Create a Christmas memory in the church sanctuary, Sorry this event is at capacity


Shared Meals December 13 - 19

Advent Food Drive 
Collecting donations for our food insecure neighbors in City Heights and Ocean Beach. Dec. 13 drop-off.

Digital Cookbook
Share your favorite family recipe. Submit recipe by Dec. 2.

Holiday Cooking Demos 
Holiday cooking ideas for all, kids included!


Sacred Ground Dec. 20 - 25

Over the River & through the (digital) Woods 
Share your travel dreams! Submit your "trip" by Dec. 9.

Share your Nativity
Share your Nativity display with the congregation. Bring to church on Dec. 13.

Pilgrimage - Mission Valley Campus 
Follow a self-guided route to 12 places of reflection, Dec. 21-26, Dec. 28-Jan. 1.


Christmas Eve Candle Light Services
Pick up your candles on Dec. 13 and join in any of the services via YouTube, Dec. 24 - Live-stream.


Upcoming Event

Midday Pipes

All concerts will begin at 12:15 PM and can be accessed at First Church YouTube Channel on the second Wednesday of the month through June 2021.

Upcoming Event

Advent Food Drive

As food insecurity rises due to the coronavirus pandemic, First Church will be collecting donations for Advent to share with our neighbors near...

Upcoming Event

Pilgrimage - Mission Valley Campus

Monday, Dec. 21 – Saturday, Dec. 26  |  7 AM – 4:30 PM The fourth week in Advent we remember the journey Mary and...

Upcoming Event

Children's Christmas Eve Service

Gather the children and grandchildren together and join First UMC of San Diego for an interactive, child-oriented service that features a...

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