You have found the dynamic, friendly and inclusive Christian community known as St. Mary’s by the Sea Episcopal Church. Whether a visitor to the area, new arrival or long-time resident; military, civilian, retired or unemployed; single or partnered; with children or not; if you seek a unique and nurturing place where you (and your family) can belong, deepen your relationship with God, and help make a difference locally and around the world, this is the place for you. Please join us.
St. Mary’s by the Sea was founded in 1886. We are part of the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Realwhich is a member of the Worldwide Anglican Communion. Located in Pacific Grovealso known as “America’s Last Hometown” on California’s spectacular Central Coast, we are just one block away from the beautiful and bountiful Monterey Bay.
Our kids enjoy Godly Play where they engage faith through stories, wondering, conversation and activities.
The goal of Godly Play is to enable children to use sacred story, parable, liturgical action, and silence to become more aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives and in the community. Every Sunday the biblical story is followed by a time of wondering, guided by the Storyteller. This time of reflection is followed by a time of active response. Children choose from a variety of art materials to create their own responses to the lesson. Some children prefer to hear another story or will take down a story from the shelves and work with it on their own. The teachers encourage creativity.
Godly Play is usually K–5th Grade. We also have a Toddler Room and a Youth Group.