CAMDEN — The First Congregational Church of Camden will host several festive events during Christmas by the Sea weekend in Camden, Dec. 2-3.

Friday, Dec. 2, at noon, will mark the kickoff of the weekend with a festive lunchtime concert of holiday selections for piano, organ, voice, mandolin, a dramatic reading and more, led by Director of Music Matthew Mainster. The concert will be free of charge, courtesy of First Congregational Church’s Friends of Music program. Donations will be welcomed in support of the program.

On Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., a Holiday Craft Fair will be held in the Pilgrim and Mayflower Rooms, featuring a variety of crafts made by local artisans, including jewelry, wood crafts, needle felting, wreaths, soaps, quilting, ornaments, knit hats and mittens, pet gifts, holiday decorations, and more.

At 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, the church will host the 16th annual Ringing in the Season handbell concert. This year’s concert will feature Choral Bells of the First Congregational Church of Camden, Penobscot Bay Ringers, also of Camden, and handbell soloist, Debra Hall, of Rockport. This concert is also free of charge, with donations welcomed in support of St. Bernard Soup Kitchen in Rockland. Seating for the handbell concert will begin at 3 p.m., and attendees will be treated to pre-concert music by cellist Kay Allan of Thomaston. starting at 3:40 p.m.

For more information about these events, contact The First Congregational Church at 236-4821.