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Advent & Christmas Services

Join us for Advent & Christmas 2018! We have plenty of special events and services for you, your friends, and your family to attend.


Lessons & Carols All-Church Worship Service

The Lessons and Carols Service is a 130-year old Christmas tradition formalized at King’s College in Cambridge, England and used by a multitude of churches around the world. In lieu of our regular worship service, please join Christ Church as we remember and celebrate the birth and coming of Jesus together as one congregation, with readings from the Christian Scriptures, beautiful music, and congregational singing of carols.

Sunday, December 16 at 5 pm

First Presbyterian Church of Oakland (2619 Broadway, Oakland)

Parking is in the church lot on 27th Street and surrounding streets (please note, due to car safety reasons, it is not advised to park on 26th Street)

19th Street BART station is a 10-minute walk to First Pres Oakland


Immediately following the service, there will be a reception in the Grand Hall behind the Sanctuary. Highlights include light dinner, homemade Christmas cookies, and festive music.


Childcare through preschool (ages 0–5) is provided. Registration and sign-in will begin at 4:30 pm. Parents please pick-up your children after the worship service and before the reception.


Christmas Eve Worship Services

Monday, December 24

(please note service times)

Lafayette (1035 Carol Lane) • 4 pm • Childcare through preschool (0–5 years) provided

Oakland (4101 Park Boulevard) • 4 pm • Childcare through preschool (0–5 years) provided

Berkeley (2138 Cedar Street) • 6 pm • Childcare through preschool (0–5 years) provided


Family Service: All-Church Worship

Sunday, December 30 at 10:30 am

Join us for a relaxed family gathering of Christmas Hymnody at our Berkeley location.


Advent Devotional

Advent-Christmas provides a wonderful opportunity for us to rekindle our relationship with God and his people. During this season we look back on the incarnation, God in the flesh in Jesus, as well as, look ahead to Jesus's second coming when all things will be made new. We have selected this online devotional as a guide for daily prayer with the hope that this season will be a time of renewal for you. The devotional has a daily scripture reading, art, music, a brief reflection, and prayer. You can utilize all of these or simply prayerfully read the scripture and listen for God to speak to you. May you encounter the living God in Jesus Christ during this season.