Annual Events

Special Worship Services

Evening of Remembrance: Candlelight service in observance of All Saints Day, held in late October.

Solstice Service: Contemplative service in observance of the longest night of the year. December 21st.

Christmas Eve: Ushering in the Christmas holiday with singing, a story for the children, and a reading of the Christmas story.

Ash Wednesday: Contemplative service including imposition of ashes.

Maundy Thursday: Contemplative Service including simple meal, communion and optional ritual of feet washing.

Good Friday: A reflective time of silence and scripture reading

Jazz Sunday: Worship service featuring CMCL musicians. Last Sunday before Lent.

Parrot Pinning: Recognition of CMCL attenders who celebrated their 50th birthday in the last year. Pentecost Sunday.

Church on the Farm: Outdoor worship and potluck meal held at the farm of Larry and Marilyn Kennel. Third Sunday of August.

Peace School: Special three-evening summer program designed around a peace theme for children and youth.


Congregational Retreat: A relaxed weekend family retreat held in the fall at Black Rock Retreat Center. Planned social activities for all ages. Takes place in October from Friday evening through Sunday worship.

Women’s Retreat: Casual, restful respite for women held at Charter Hall Retreat Center on the Chesapeake Bay in March or April.

Men’s Retreat: Casual, restful respite for men held at Charter Hall Retreat Center on the Chesapeake Bay in March or April. 


Children & Youth Milestones in Worship Celebrations

Parent/Child Blessing: Infants and their parents receive a special blessing during the child’s first year of life.

First Grade Bibles: Every first-grader receives an illustrated book of Bible stories, along with highlighted verses chosen by family members and adults close to each child.

Fourth Grade Bibles: Fourth-graders receive an age appropriate Bible.

Eighth Grade Bibles: Every eight-grader receives a Bible from CMCL, presented by a mentor or adult of the child’s choosing.

Senior Hymnals: Upon high school graduation, all senior youth receive a copy of the Hymnal: Worship Book from which CMCL does most of its hymn-singing.