Advent Vigil for Disarmament, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., across from the administration building at Bath Iron Works, Washington Street, Bath. The vigil will also be held Dec. 17.

Simple Healing Service, 2 p.m., Franciscan Monastery, 20 Beach Ave., Kennebunk.

“Christmas by the Bay,” 2 p.m., annual variety show with music and drama, First Baptist Church in Portland, 360 Canco Road, Portland. Call 773-3123 for details. Admission is free.

Nativity story, 2 and 5 p.m., 15th annual presentation with music, exhibits, live animals and more, Pathway Vineyard Church, 12 Foss Road, Lewiston. Call 784-9500 or visit for more information.

Christmas Tea, 2 to 4 p.m., second annual tea and quilts display, Alfred Parish Church, Alfred. Call 490-5709 or 324-5823. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $6 for children.

“Journey to Bethlehem,” ongoing between 6 and 8 p.m., annual outdoor guided presentation of the Nativity with Roman soldiers, Magi, shepherds and more, Elijah Kellogg Church, 917 Harpswell Neck Road/Route 123, Harpswell.

A’chording to Kantele, 6 p.m., free concert with the 10-member group performing traditional carols using several Finnish lap harps. St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 496 Lisbon St./Route 196, Lisbon. Complimentary coffee and desserts will be available. 


Divine Mercy Chaplet, special service after the 11 a.m. Mass and based on the writings of St. Faustina Kowalska. Sacred Heart Church, Auburn. Call 782-8096 for more information.

“A Baroque Christmas,” 3 p.m., readings and carols with Music’s Quill, featureing Timothy Burris on lute and tenor Timothy Neill Johnson. The Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Emmanuel Chapel, 143 State St., Portland. Admission is $15 per person, $10 for students and seniors.

St. Lucia Festival, 4 p.m., annual presentation with Swedish carols and legends, crowning of the Queen of Light and traditional Scandinavian refreshments. Free. St. Ansgar Evangelical Lutheran Church, 515 Woodford St., Portland.

“Come and Find the Quiet Center,” 4 p.m., seasonal music, readings and silent prayer. All faiths welcome. United Christian Church, 18 Searsmont Road/Route 173, Lincolnville Center.

Advent Vespers candlelight service, 5:30 p.m., with music compilation. First Congregation Church, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland. Refreshments will follow.

“Walk to Bethlehem,” 5:30 p.m., 34th annual pageant presented by Rangeley Friends of the Arts begins at The Rangeley Inn with stops at each of the four churches. The program concludes at the Church of the Good Shepherd with a presentation by local musicians and performers.

“Christmas by the Bay,” 6 p.m., annual variety show with music and drama. First Baptist Church in Portland, 360 Canco Road, Portland. Free. Call 773-3123 for more information.

Live Nativity, 6 to 8 p.m., outdoor display with hot cocoa and cookies and children’s craft project inside. Free. West Scarborough United Methodist Church, Route 1, Scarborough.

“Worldwide Candle Lighting,” 6:30 p.m., hosted by Southern Maine Chapter of Bereaved Parents/USA and Compassionate Friends in memory of children who have died. St. Luke’s Cathedral, State Street, Portland. Use the Park Street entrance and bring a framed picture or small remembrance to display on a memorial table. 


The Light is On for You: For the first time during an Advent season, all Catholic parishes in Maine will be simultaneously offering confession and quiet prayer time next week. On Monday and Tuesday, at least one church in every parish/cluster will be open for confession from 6 to 7 p.m. and some locations may offer extended hours. The diocese has listed all times and locations for “The Light is On for You” on its website:


Holiday Grief Support program for families, 6:30 to 8 p.m., offered by Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice’s Program for Grieving Children and Teens and held at St. Philips Church, Auburn. There will be activities for youngsters and group discussions will be available for all ages. Refreshments will be served. The program will also be held at the same time Thursday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Wilton. Call Jim Douglas at 795-9462 or 1-800-482-7412 ext. 1462 to register or for more information. 


Living Nativity, 6 to 7 p.m., live animals, children and music. Standish Congregational Church, Oak Hill Road, Standish. Refreshments will follow the event. 

Coming Up

Christmas Luncheon and Handbell Concert, 11:45 a.m. Dec. 18, with the Timbrel Ringers and Grace Notes Handbell Choir at Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock St. Reservations are required by Thursday and the cost is $7.50 per person. For questions or reservations, call 594-8656.