You are invited to visit anytime and join us in Sunday worship at 11:30 a.m. every week of the year.
Christmas Eve is always a special event with candlelight and carols, and third Sunday afternoons generally find the community gathered for special afternoon concerts or readings and presentations by local artists.
Calvary Presbyterian Church was founded on July 23, 1877 and originally was sited on "Gospel Flats" just outside the Bolinas main town area, until it was moved to its present location, where it now sits prominently at 5 Brighton Avenue. As you come into town, it's our stunning, traditional-styled wooden church with lofty bell tower that first greets you!
Donations from a seres of third-Sunday-of-the-month community concerts and are other fund raising events are slowly being saved toward building a "firm foundation" under the church, replacing the logs that were used to move the building from Gospel Flats outside of town to the present downtown location. Taking time to raise needed funds, and not hurrying to complete the project after more than a century, is all part of the charm of this special town of artists, chefs, musicans, and many others who appreciate living on "Bolinas time."
The members and friends of Calvary Presbyterian Church would love to welcome you whenever you can join us for relaxed traditional worship followed by refreshments and animated fellowship conversation.
This is a church which truly belongs to the community, and a special place often sought for weddings and other memorable events by neighbors and visitors alike.
Calvary Presbyterian is at 5 Brighton Avenue in the center of Bolinas, north of San Francisco and Stinson Beach and two miles off Highway 1.
For more information, for counselling, or any other need, contact Pastor Ellen Baxter at 415-914-4540.
Sunday Morning Services
Services are held every Sunday at 11:30 a.m.
Calvary Presbyterian Church invites singles, families, local residents, visitors to Bolinas, and surfers and beachgoers.
Feel free to join us, or just sit in the back and take a look: meditating, gazing upon, or just enjoying the wooden interior, however you feel comfortable.
You are welcome in this historic white church with the bell tower right at the entrance to downtown Bolinas, where services have been held for more than 100 years, from early pioneer families onward to today.
Our door is open to you!
Our Pastor: Ellen Baxter
The Rev. Ellen Baxter is the pastor of Calvary Presbyterian Church in Bolinas. She sees herself as a storyteller who provides a contemporary lens for stories derived from long ago. Her messages combine Bible readings, scholarship, warmth, faith, compassion, and inspiration. Her tone is conversational, as she seeks to find a way in to ancient texts to discover and illustrate their relevance for today.
Originally from North Carolina, "Pastor Ellen" is a graduate of San Francisco Thelogical Seminary, came to ministry after an earlier business career, and has previously served churches in New Jersey and Maryland. In her sermons, she asks how did the world look 2,000 years ago, and how do writings and lessons from then parallel today? She believes the way to do that is through community, and the stories we have to share. Pastor Ellen also serves the congregation of Stinson Beach Community Presbyterian Church, just south of Bolinas, where services are also held every Sunday at 930 a.m. For further church information, contact Pastor Ellen at (415) 914-4540.
Calvary Presbyterian Church offers "A Beloved Community" where we are forgiven, and can thus offer forgiveness to others. Our videos, with former pastor Sharon Latour, help tell the story....here, and through our YouTube channel: just search for "Calvary Presbyterian Church, Bolinas, California."
"Joining Together, The Beloved Community"
"Forgiveness When We Stumble"
THIS WEEK'S SERMON
This week, and most weeks, our Pastor will talk about how we are beloved and forgiven by God, how we can forgive ourselves and others, and develop that ourwardly into a spirit of community, changing the world in real time today, working to create God's Kingdom on earth now.
With all our personal histories and uniqueness, what is our common ground for community?
How do we meet our Individual needs, and those of each other?
What is the guidance available from the Bible, Old and New Testaments, in ancient teachings that are still relevant today?
What does it mean to be a Christian? How can we serve our community, the world, and each other?