Island places of worship warm up the faith-filled season with special events this weekend.

The Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center holds its Hanukkah celebration on Friday, Dec. 19, at 5:30 p.m. The congregation lights the Hanukkah candles and after the service, sings songs, plays games of dreidel and will enjoy live music by the Klezmer Conservatory Band Ensemble. Make reservations by calling 508-693-0745 or by emailing

Faith Community Church hosts a live nativity at the parsonage, 539 County Road in Oak Bluffs, on Saturday, Dec. 20, at 5:30 p.m. The nativity depiction includes narration of the Christmas story and musical accompaniment. The event is free and open to the community.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Edgartown offers an Advent Quiet Day open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20. The church will be open all day for visitors to stop in and spend quiet time in prayer.

First Baptist Church in Vineyard Haven celebrates Saturday, Dec. 20, with its annual Christmas tea from 1 to 3 p.m. followed by a cantata in the sanctuary from 7 to 8 p.m. Then, a special Christmas reception takes place following 11 a.m. worship on Sunday, Dec. 21.

The Unitarian Universalist Church in Vineyard Haven welcomes Rebecca Gilbert as guest speaker for a multigenerational Winter Solstice celebration on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 11 a.m.

The First Congregational Church of West Tisbury hosts a Christmas Concert at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 21. The church’s music director David Rhoderick and guest conductor Phil Dietterich invite everyone to this festive performance featuring traditional carols by the choir and guest performers, and a time for the audience to sing along. A reception follows the concert. Doors open at 3 p.m. and admission is $15, students attend for free.