First Church Berkeley, part of the United Church of Christ is a progressive, welcoming church drawing together a community from throughout the Bay Area. No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here. Read more about the news and events that draw the community at large to this landmark in the community.
What’s Happening at First Church
May 21, 2017 • 10 am
Members of the First Church community wrote thank you notes to their Congregation Beth El friends on the last Sunday worshipping there before returning to the restored Sanctuary.
Childcare and Sunday School
On Sunday mornings, the nursery will be in Loper Chapel from 9:45–11:30 am. Preschool children will be in the East Bay School for Boys (ESBS) play yard May 21 & 28 and June 4.
The Blue Sky Team, charged with envisioning a new Pilgrim Hall, invites the entire First Church community to
On Wednesday, May 31 at 6 pm, Rev. Molly will be installed as Senior Minister of First Church Berkeley!
On Saturday, May 27, 2017, Sonny Graves will be ordained into Christian ministry and installed in his position as Minister of
As our time worshiping at Congregation Beth El comes to a close, we will continue the connections between the two congregations that we have come to value.
It is both an exciting and tender time as we return to the First Church Sanctuary for Sunday morning worship.
Do you ever sit around making a list of your spiritual gifts, and celebrate them? What’s that? You don’t?
A crowd of at least 33 First Church folk joined the 2017 CROP Walk to End Hunger on Sunday, April 30. They walked alongside members of other local faith communities to
Last Wednesday, April 26, 2017, on the day of the ceremony of remembrance at First Church to commemorate the mass removal and imprisonment of Japanese Americans in 1942, a bus arrived at the church brin
We are looking for 8-10 people interested in leading or co-leading a summer small group.
Interested in putting down some spiritual roots at First Church? Are you considering becoming a member or official friend of the church?
Besides the First Church’s public Facebook page, the church also has a
— Barbara Lundquist
Progress continues on the church in the wake of the September 30, 2016 fire. The Sanctuary is being restored. Scaffolding is still up as plastering and painting takes place.
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. — Hebrews 13:2
Each year, the church prepares an Annual Report detailing the activities of the previous year.
At its January 17 meeting, Church Council approved the slate for the new ad-hoc Council committee—the “Blue Sky Visioning Team.” Eleven members have been appointed to t
by Molly Baskette
Click on the symbol in the lower right corner of the slideshow below to see the photos full screen.
POST-FIRE NOTE Open Chapel will continue to take place in Loper Chapel at the First Church location at the corner of Dana & Durant near the UC Berkele
Members of the BeFrienders Ministry Team will be available during the 10 am Learning Hour in the church office for the next several Sundays for those who would like an opportunity?
NOTE Links to videos below!
First Church Berkeley is participating in an on-going food drive to support the work of the Berkeley Food Pantry which provides food on an
UPDATE On Sunday, April 19, In an official congregational meeting, First Congregational Church of Berkeley voted to amend its Open and Affirming Statement to include
Watch the powerful United Church of Christ?s StillSpeaking Ministry video spot which was launched on the internet in 2010.