Today

“Welcoming the Dark,” 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., workshop with Deena Prestegaard and Tom Cannon, $25; also Kirtan with Muraladhir Pai, 7 to 10 p.m., both at Sadhana, the Meditation Center, 100 Brickhill Ave., South Portland.

Advent vigil for disarmament, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., administration building, Bath Iron Works, Washington Street, Bath.

Connected Catholics, 1:30 p.m., dining out get-together at DiMillo’s Floating Restaurant, Commercial Street, Portland. Call 797-5251 to sign up or for details.

Community Hanukkah party, 5 p.m., sponsored by Adas Yoshuron Synagogue with menorah lighting, live music and activities, Rockport Masonic Center, 361 Main St., Rockland. Suggested donation is $5 per person; free for children under 12. For more information or to RSVP, call 594-4523.

“The Book of Ruth,” 9:30 to noon, free Advent seminar for women led by Janice Settlemoir, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 496 Lisbon St. (Route 196), Lisbon. A free lunch is included. Call 353-8453 for reservations. 

Sunday

Advent service of lessons and carols, 10 a.m., with the Chancel Choir and Woodfords Ringers, Woodfords Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland.

New pastor, 10:30 a.m., Daphne Clement celebrates her first service at Durham Friends Meeting, 532 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, Durham. Clement has been hospice chaplain for Hospice Atlanta in Georgia and received her doctor of ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga. For more information, call Nancy Marstaller at 725-4294.

Prayer and healing service, 1 p.m., Little House of Prayer, 1 Little House of Prayer Drive, Biddeford.

Shape note singing, 1 to 4 p.m., all are welcome to participate, New Church, 302 Stevens Ave., Portland. A small donation is appreciated.

Old-fashioned Christmas caroling, 1:30 p.m., Old Corner Church, West Road and Federal Street, Waterboro. Hot cider, hot chocolate and confections will be served. Dress warmly.

Interfaith service of remembrance, 4 p.m., for those who have experienced a loss, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 11 White St., Rockland.

Christmas concert, 5 p.m., music performed by the chancel and youth choirs and soloists, Congregational Church of Wells, 1695 Post Road (U.S. Route 1), Wells. Refreshments and a cookie sale will follow the concert.

York County Hanukkah party, 5 p.m., with potluck supper, music and dancing at Congregation Etz Chaim, 36 Bacon St., Biddeford. The event is open to the community and participants should bring a dairy or vegetable entree to share. Drinks and desserts are provided. The cost is $6 per person.

Connected Catholics, 5 p.m., with potluck supper, meeting and Christmas party, Holy Martyrs Parish Hall, Route 88, Falmouth. A $5 donation will be collected for a local food pantry or soup kitchen.

Candlelight lessons and carols, 7 p.m., with live Nativity at the grotto and Christmas tree lighting at 8:30 p.m., Xavier Hall, Saint Joseph’s College, 278 Whites Bridge Road, Standish. Call 893-7723 for details. 

Tuesday

Labyrinth path walking meditation, noon to 8 p.m., Pilgrim House at First Parish Church, 9 Cleaveland St., Brunswick. For more information, call 729-7331.

Laughter yoga, 5:30 p.m., also Dec. 14, with Arline Saturdayborn, Sadhana, the Meditation Center, 100 Brickhill Ave, South Portland. Visit www.SadhanaMe.com for information on this and other programs.

“Grief and Loss During the Holiday Season,” 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Jan. 11, Crossroads for Women Greater Portland Counseling Center, 66 Pearl St., Suite 202, Portland. 

Friday

“What Is Christmas All About?” 7 p.m., free presentation by the choir and drama ministries, First Baptist Church, 360 Canco Road, Portland. Call 773-3123 for details.

Lessons and carols, musical Advent celebration, 7 p.m., Holy Family Church, 66 North Ave., Sanford. Admission is free and donations for the local food pantry will be accepted. 

Saturday

“What Is Christmas All About?” 2 p.m., also 6 p.m. Dec. 12, free presentation by the choir and drama ministries, First Baptist Church, 360 Canco Road, Portland. Call 773-3123 for more information.

Christmas tea, 2 to 4 p.m., Alfred Parish Church, 8 Old Kennebunk Road, Alfred. Reservations are required. The cost is $8 per person or $10 at the door. Children under 12 attend for $6. Call 490-0342 or 324-5823.

Acoustic concert with several Christian musicians, 7 p.m., sponsored by First Fruits Ministries, First Evangelical Free Church, 355 Bridgton Road, Westbrook. Free.

Monthly social, 6 to 8 p.m., other programs are held during the week, Abrahadabra Oasis, 991 Forest Ave., Suite 203, Portland. 

Upcoming

Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival, 2 and 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 1 and 2, Rockland Congregational Church. For tickets or more information, call 594-8656.