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
Sunday Dec 16, 2018 • 10:00 am
Advent Music Sunday will be on December 16, 2018, at 10 am. The service will be full of the music of the season directed by Derek Tam.
Sunday Dec 16, 2018 • 11:45 am
Want to sing your favorite Advent and Christmas carols?
Sunday Dec 16, 2018 • 11:15 am
The Church Council has called an official congregational meeting for Sunday, December 16, 2018, immediately following worship to vote on calling P
Sunday Dec 02, 2018 • 10:00 am
This year Advent began on December 2, 2019 and is traveling toward Christmas Eve.
Saturday Dec 15, 2018 • 4:30 pm
Parents get a night out when it’s Kids’ Night In on Saturday, December 15, 4:30– 8 pm in the Play Yard and Durant House!
Sunday Dec 02, 2018 • 11:15 am
On Sundays, December 2. 9 & 16, the Winthrop (high school) youth will be selling wreaths to support their annual summer Work Camp.
Tuesday Nov 20, 2018 • 12:00 am
This Christmas we have two opportunities to make a small but powerful difference in the lives of those experiencing homelessness, or moving from homelessness into permanent supportive housing.
Thursday Dec 20, 2018 • 6:00 pm
First Church offers a Longest Night Service on Thursday, December 20, 2018, at 6 pm on the Chancel in the Sanctuary.
Thursday Dec 13, 2018 • 12:00 pm
On Sunday, December 2, The Ministry of Stewardship, Finance, and Administration (SF&A) approved forwarding the 2019 operating budget to Church Council for consideration at its Tuesday, December 18 meeti
Sunday Dec 09, 2018 • 11:45 am
Check out the photos from this recent event here! ................
Tuesday Dec 18, 2018 • 9:15 am
Senior Minister Molly Baskette holds office hours each week on Tuesdays.
Wednesday Dec 12, 2018 • 12:00 pm
Folks of all ages gathered after church last Sunday for the annual Advent Crafts Fair.
Sunday Dec 16, 2018 • 10:00 am
Find out who will be preaching at First Church on upcoming Sunday mornings.
Monday Dec 24, 2018 • 4:00 pm
The First Church All Ages Christmas Eve Service at 4 pm on Monday, December 24 is a sight for eyes, ears, hearts and spirits.
Monday Dec 24, 2018 • 6:00 pm
For the third year in a row, First Church offers Christmas Eve in the Cl
Monday Dec 24, 2018 • 10:00 pm
The season of Advent comes to a close and we step up to that moment when we celebrate the mystery and wonder of the birth of Jesus.
Sunday Dec 30, 2018 • 11:45 am
Our beloved Minister of Community Life Rev. Rachel Bauman, has announced that she is bound for Madeline Island, WI to be the next minister of St.
Wednesday Dec 05, 2018 • 8:33 am
Starting Saturday, January 19, 2019, First Church member Nancy DeNiro will offer another 9-week series of 3-hour classes on Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC).
Thursday Nov 15, 2018 • 12:00 pm
Some of you may have noticed in Sunday’s bulletin the use of “kin-dom” in the Lord’s Prayer.
Wednesday Nov 07, 2018 • 12:00 pm
A letter was sent to the congregation this week annoucing with both sadness and joy the news of two significant staff transitions coming in 2019.
Sunday Oct 14, 2018 • 10:00 am
Rev. Sophia DeWitt was our guest preacher on Disability Empowerment Sunday, during the 10 am worship service on October 14, 2018.
Wednesday Jan 16, 2019 • 6:00 pm
Join us every first Wednesday of the month (Sept-May) for Open Chapel: our alternative, creative, heartfelt worship gatherings, for and by young adults. Slow down, sing out, tune in, break bread, open up.
Friday Aug 10, 2018 • 12:00 pm
First Church member Kerrie Hein presented a series of five seminars on Mental Health Promotion. sponsored by the Mental Health Ministry Team.
Thursday May 10, 2018 • 12:00 pm
Marvin K. White served as First Church’s Public Theologian in Residence for 2017-2018. Marvin is a poet, preacher/theologian, activist, and artist.
Tuesday Sep 04, 2018 • 12:00 pm
First Church has launched the First Church Berkeley GodCast, a podcast featuring the scripture and sermon from the weekly Sunday service.
Monday Jan 22, 2018 • 12:00 pm
Members of the First Church have formed a new Disability Empowerment Team. One of its goals is to generate sensitivity around language of disability.
Besides the First Church’s public Facebook page, the church also has a private community page wher
Tuesday Mar 03, 2015 • 8:00 pm
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 the phrases "gender identity" and "gen