An Ocean Beach/Mission Valley Christmas

Do you want the Holidays to have more rest and less busy, more intention and less obligation? We're here to help with Sunday services and opportunities throughout the season to meet new friends, rest with music, explore new activities that will help you restore the good this Christmas.


Join us for Christmas Study,Worship & Holiday Events 2022


First United Methodist Church: Mission Valley (MV) & Ocean Beach (OB) Campuses

Christmas Eve Services   



Advent Conversations

Sundays | 8:55 - 9:50 AM | Nov. 27 - Dec. 18 | OB Campus & Zoom RSVP HERE

Welcome to join the conversations around a new Advent study based on the book: Prepare the Way For the Lord, by Adam Hamilton. This four-week series will be emphasizing the significance of John the Baptist in the development of Jesus the Messiah. Led by Dr. Bill Stephenson. 

Recalling Comfort & Joy - A Daily Devotional

Nov. 27 - Dec. 24 Subscribe to advent devotional 

Subscribe and receive daily emails with memories of special Christmas music. Through the lyrics and video links we want to share with you the comfort and joy it brought us from the people of First United Methodist Church of San Diego and Ocean Beach.

Help Decorate the Sanctuary

Sunday, Nov. 27 | 11 - 11:30 AM | OB Sanctuary

All are welcome to join us after worship to help decorate the sanctuary for the Advent and Christmas seasons!

Virtual Angel Tree

Now through December  11   Donate to Virtual Angel Tree

Put a smile on the face of a child of an incarcerated parent by participating in Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree program. Choose a child on the web page, and your donation of $25 will purchase a gift card to be sent directly to the child. 

Seeing the Birth of Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes

Pastor's Bible Study | Wednesdays, Nov.  30 - dec. 21 | 10:30-11:30 AM  |  Linder Hall (MV) &  Zoom   RSVP for zoom invite

Rev. Trudy Robinson, looks the story of Jesus’ birth, his genealogy, Joseph, the wise men, the vision of Isaiah and Herod’s Atrocities through Middle Eastern Eyes.  This study meets in person in Linder Hall and, for our online community, via zoom.


Polar Express Family Event

saturday, Dec. 3 | 5 - 8 PM |  Linder Lounge & Patio (MV) | FREE  RSVP by Dec. 2 

The youth ministry is inviting all families with youth or those young at heart to our POLAR EXPRESS NIGHT! We will had a great time watching this well known Christmas movie, creating holiday crafts, and gingerbread houses. There will be snacks and bags of treats for ALL who would like one, so come join us as we journey together to the north pole.

Advent Choral Concert

Sunday, Dec. 4 | 7 PM |  Sanctuary (MV) | child care | Offering More details

Saturday, Dec. 3 | 2 PM | Sanctuary (MV) | Open Rehearsal

Music Series presents Advent Choral Concert presented by Chancel Choir and Masterwork Chorale, Members and Friends of the San Diego Symphony. Directed by Brian Lustig. An eclectic musical program featuring Gerald Finzi’s In terra pax, Elaine Hagenberg’s Illuminare and Rosephanye Powell’s Christmas Give (excerpts). Come and experience the power of these great pieces of choral art with members of the San Diego Symphony in our beautiful sanctuary! Free childcare by advance reservation: 619-297-4366

Alternative Christmas Gift Fair

Sundays, Dec. 4 and 11 | 11 AM - 12 PM | Court Yard (OB) & online   more details

You are invited to "purchase" symbolic gifts which will fund our Ministries of Compassion and Justice work. We will give you a gift card to give your loved one, and the price of what you would have spent on more stuff will enable amazing things to happen for others.  Our online Alternative Christmas Gift Fair is open now through Christmas.

Family Christmas Tea

Saturday, Dec. 10 | 12  - 2 PM |  Linder Hall (MV)   RSVP by Dec. 4

Cost Adults: $20/Children 12 and under: $5
If you have problem registering online, please call the church office and register over the phone: 619-297-4366 x100

The United Women in Faith cordially invite everyone to our very special annual Family Christmas Tea! You will be treated to a catered lunch The Shakespeare Tea Room and music entertainment by the In-aChord Men's Ensemble and First Church Children's Choir. We will sing carols and play games and make gingerbread-houses with the kids. All are welcome!

December Walk around OB

Monday, Dec. 12 | 11:30 AM - 1 PM | Ocean Beach

Join us for a walk around the OB neighborhood and check out the famous crooked OB Christmas tree on the beach. If anyone is interested we can join together for lunch after. Let's meet up across the street from the church at Sunset Cliffs and Saratoga Ave. at 11:30 AM and we'll start our walk.  Hope to see you there!

Holiday-themed Midday Pipes

Wednesday, Dec. 14 | 12:15 - 1 PM  |  sanctuary (MV)  & live-stream | free More details

A seasonal organ concert Presented by Jaebon Hwang, Director of Music Ministries and Organist at First United Methodist Church of San Diego.

Craft Theology

Saturday, Dec. 17 | 2 - 4 PM | Rincon Reservation Road , 4836 Newport Ave, Ocean Beach  RSVP by Dec. 16 

Craft Theology is small-batch, handcrafted discussion about God, spirituality and the craft of life. Our conversation brews from the unique ingredients brought by each person who shows up. All viewpoints are welcome: heretics, skeptics, mystics, the God-curious, and none-of-the-above. Please plan to thank our hosts by making a purchase. Our discussion will be led by John McAteer, PhD in Philosophy. Bring a friend or two! Please contact Stasi with any questions.

Midday Gathering Christmas Luncheon

Wednesday, Dec. 21 | 12:15 PM |  Panini kabob grill , mission Valley   RSVP by Dec. 19  

Join Rev. Hannah for lunch together at Panini Kabob Grill (825 Camino De La Reina, San Diego, CA 92108). Bring your most festive self and the cost to cover your food. RSVP online or call the church at (619) 297-4366 by Monday, December 19.

The Journey of Christmas 

Monday, Dec. 19 - Saturday, Dec. 24 | 8:30  - 4:30 PM |  a pilgrimage through the Mission Valley campus more details

We remember Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem with a pilgrimage on the Mission Valley campus. A self-guided, mapped, route takes you to 12 places to pause for reflection.

Blue Christmas Service

Sunday, Dec. 18 | 4 - 5 PM |  trotter chapel (MV) | free childcare   More details

When we are in the middle of grieving our loved one’s the cheerful Christmas season may feel extremely difficult. Please join Pastor Tamara Walker and Psychotherapist, Sheilah Cameron, LMFT as they welcome you to honor both the Christmas season and your loved one during this peaceful Blue Christmas service. You will be in the company of those who understand the uniqueness of missing a loved one during this time of year.

Newport Caroling

Friday, Dec. 23 | 4:45 - 6:30 PM | OB Tree

Come to the annual OB neighborhood caroling party up Newport! We will meet at the OB Tree at sunset and walk up to the church, singing all along the way. Afterwards, join us on the patio at Water's Edge for hot chocolate and festive treats. Don your favorite Christmas sweater, bring your jingle bells, and round up the whole family to join in the fun! Contact Stasi for more info.

saturday, December 24

with candle lighting and singing of Silent Night. If you can't join us in person, watch the services live-streamed on YouTube.

Christmas Eve with Water's Edge in Ocean Beach(OB)

4 PM | christmas story | Sanctuary (OB)

Celebrate the Christmas story with family and friends. Christmas carols, a story-time for kids of all ages, candle lighting as we sing Silent Night. Afterwards enjoy coffee and hot cocoa outside in the courtyard.

Christmas Eve at First Church in Mission Valley(MV)

5 PM  |  Christmas Pageant  & Candle Lighting  | Sanctuary (MV)

The Christmas story experienced in song, reading, nativity scene and candle lighting.
Childcare  available for infants through pre-school 

7 PM  |  Lessons, Carols & Candle Lighting  |  Sanctuary (MV)

Arrive 15 minutes early for an extended organ prelude, then experience the Christmas story through choral Music by the Jubilee Singers. Congregational singing and inspiring message. End the service with candle lighting and singing of Silent Night. Childcare  available for infants through pre-school 

9 PM  |  Lessons, Carols & Candle Lighting  |  Sanctuary (MV)

Arrive 15 minutes early for an extended organ prelude, then experience the Christmas story through choral Music by the Chancel Choir. Congregational singing and inspiring message. End the service with candle lighting and singing of Silent Night. Childcare  available for infants through pre-school