Parish Events

Please click on the Calendar header located on the main menu page for all the latest event updates or contact the office at 410-289-3453.

Below are a few notable annual event descriptions. For dates and times please see the Calendar header located on the main menu page for all the latest event updates or contact the office at 410-289-3453.

Blessing of the Backpacks
As a way of marking the end of summer, and the return to the classroom, we invite all students and teachers to a special service of blessing to mark the beginning of the new school year.

Blessing of the Animals
On the Sunday nearest St. Francis’ Day in October we welcome all pets to either of our Sunday morning services (8 and 10:00am) where they will receive a blessing… and maybe a treat at coffee hour!

Advent Quiet Day
A time of prayer and reflection during this season of anticipation and preparation that often gets overlooked in the rush to Christmas.

Saint Nicholas’ Sunday
Celebrate the tradition of St. Nicholas’ on the Sunday nearest December 6th. Most years we have at least one special guest!

Christmas Pageant
On the fourth Sunday of Advent we host an impromptu Christmas pageant. Every child who attends will have a part so be sure to bring friends, neighbors and grandchildren!

N.O.E.L. Dinner
On Christmas day, the church fellowship hall bustles with activity for the annual “Nothing Other than Eating and Loving” Dinner. Volunteers serve over 1000 home-cooked Christmas dinners ( about 400 guests gather in the hall and 600 meals are delivered to homes and to working EMTs, Firefighters and Police Officers) and distribute winter clothes and toys for kids. This festive holiday tradition is attended, and supported by, people from across Worcester County and beyond.

“Ashes To Go”
The Ashes To Go movement describes itself this way:

“Ashes are an ancient sign of penitence. From the Middle Ages it became the custom to begin Lent by being marked in ash with the sign of the cross. The reminder that we are dust turns our attention to the creative power of God, and God’s ability to heal the brokenness in our lives when we offer that brokenness to God. That turning to God is the work of Lent, preparation for the celebration of Easter.

“We take ashes to the street corner because that reminder of need, humility, and healing shouldn’t be confined to a church building. We probably need it more when we are in the middle of our daily business! The ashes we receive are to remind us throughout the day of our need for God, and of God’s call to us.

“There is much more to the beginning of Lent than ashes alone, and we encourage you to make time for worship with a community of faith, for the support of others and of the great traditions of faith in our work of repentance and renewal. But God meets us not just in worship, but in the midst of life, and we offer the opportunity to remember our faith to those whose schedules make it hard to stop and pray with others on a busy Wednesday.”

We are excited to bring this new ministry to Ocean City. Watch this space for news of where we will be on Ash Wednesday.

Lenten Quiet Day
A time of prayer and reflection to prepare to enter the season of Lent along with a scrumptious lunch prepared by Deacon Penny Morrow and a chance to walk our labyrinth.

Holy Week
We mark this most sacred time of the year with the ‘Three Parish Pilgrimage’ with our friends from St. Paul’s Berlin and Church of the Holy Spirit in north Ocean City on Wednesday, and the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday liturgies.

Easter Egg Hunt
Join us on the beach at 3rd Street between services on Easter Sunday. Check the Red Doors Community Center website for details.

Parish Picnic
This fun gathering of parishioners for good and games is usually held on a Sunday after church between Memorial Day and the end of June.

Summer Candle Light Labyrinth Walks
The 2017 Summer Labyrinth event has been canceled due to new construction at St. Paul’s by-the Sea. We are already making plans to return in the Summer of 2018 with new amenities to please the participants.

St. Clare’s Guild Card Parties
Card players around the county eagerly anticipate this event every spring and fall. A hallmark of the event is the buffet lunch hosted by the parish ladies’ guild. Check the calendar for the specific dates ( usually the Tuesday following Easter in the spring and the third (3rd) Tuesday in October).

Please call the office with any questions at 410-289-3453.