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What’s Happening at First Church

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.

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Thursday Dec 21, 2017 06:00 pm
First Church offers a Longest Night Service on Thursday, December 21, 2017, at 6 pm in Loper Chapel.
Sunday Dec 17, 2017 10:00 am
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Sunday Dec 24, 2017 04:00 pm
The First Church All Ages Christmas Eve Service at 4 pm on Saturday, December 24 is a sight for eyes, ears, hearts and spirits.
Sunday Dec 24, 2017 06:00 pm
For the second year, First Church offers a third Christmas Eve Service—Christmas Eve in the Cloister—at 6 pm on Sunday, December 24.
Sunday Dec 24, 2017 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 24, 2017 04:00 pm
First Church has had a long history making "family" music for the All Ages Christmas Eve Service at 4 pm on Sunday, December 24.
Tuesday Nov 28, 2017 12:00 pm
Each Sunday in Advent, First Church will be enlivened with special music of all sorts, organized and directed by First Church’s Director of Music
Wednesday Dec 13, 2017 12:00 pm
A crowd of folks gathered after church last week to make all sorts of Christmas crafts and to hang out together.
Thursday Dec 14, 2017 12:00 pm
Just in time for Christmas gift shopping! First Church T-shirts!
Wednesday Dec 06, 2017 12:00 pm
First Church folk have two opportunities to contribute to our unhoused neighbors this season. Christmas Bags
Sunday Dec 24, 2017 04:00 pm
First Church Berkeley will celebrate Christmas Eve with a Contemplative Service at 10 am and three services in the evening on Sunday, December 24, 2017 at 4 pm, 6 pm and
Thursday Dec 07, 2017 12:00 pm
First Church members Cynthia Winton-Henry and Bree Elle Gardner have created and will tend to the development of an Advent Shrine during the season in the Hall of Entrance based on the
Wednesday Dec 06, 2017 12:00 pm
Remembering loved ones who are on our hearts and minds can be a meaningful part of the Christmas season. A way to honor a loved one is to donate to the FCCB Flower Fund in their name.
Wednesday Nov 29, 2017 12:00 pm
This year's Advent & Christmastide Calendar is here!
Sunday Dec 10, 2017 11:45 am
As the congregation continues to discern whether to building affordable housing on the First Church campus, The Affordable Housing Subcommittee of the Blue Sky Team is hosting a series of a conversa
Wednesday Nov 22, 2017 10:00 am
We celebrated Pledge Sunday on November 19, with First Church folk bring forward their pledges for 2018.
Sunday Nov 19, 2017 11:45 am
As First Church Berkeley considers an affordable housing project on its property, the church is holding a series of meetings to discuss issues that would need to be considered in the process.
Sunday Jan 14, 2018 11:45 am
What’s all this talk about mental health? Does it seem like something has changed in the last few decades?
Tuesday Dec 19, 2017 05:30 am
Senior Minister Molly Baskette holds office hours each week on Tuesdays.
Thursday Aug 10, 2017 12:00 pm
After he preached for and moved us so deeply back in February, we knew we wanted to hear more from Marvin K. White.
Sunday Dec 17, 2017 10:00 am
Find out who will be preaching at First Church on upcoming Sunday mornings.
Monday Nov 06, 2017 12:00 pm
Emerging Leader Loi Almeron has begun creating a series of short videos called “Word Takeaway.” Each week after the service, the preacher summarizes their sermon in about two minutes.
Sunday Jan 07, 2018 09:40 am
Interested in singing old hymns and learning new ones?
Saturday Jan 20, 2018 09:00 am
On Saturday, January 20, 2018, First Church is pleased to offer a day-long training on Companionship, with Craig Rennebohm, author of The Way of Companionship: Welcoming the Stranger and a national
Sunday Oct 22, 2017 11:45 am
Watch the video of the SAHA presentation including the questions that were raised.
Sunday Aug 20, 2017 11:45 am
On Sundays, August 6, 13, & 20, 2017 the Adult Education Ministry presented a series entitled Contemplating Loss and Death: A Zen Hospice Project Perspective in the Sanctuary.
Monday Sep 25, 2017 12:00 pm
Part of our campus is offline since the fire, but we want to send a message that our church is very much alive and kicking!
Wednesday Dec 13, 2017 07:00 pm
Join us every first, second and third Wednesday for our young adult Open Chapel gatherings (1st & 3rd Wed: worship; 2nd Wed "wildcard," community-led). Slow down, sing out, tune in, break bread, open up.
Tuesday Dec 19, 2017 06:30 pm
Join us Tuesday, December 19 at 6:30 pm for the first annual Berkeley’s Homeless Person’s Memorial Service.
Besides the First Church’s public Facebook page, the church also has a private community page wher
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. — Hebrews 13:2
Friday Oct 28, 2016 12:00 pm
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Wednesday Oct 12, 2016 12:30 pm
by Molly Baskette
Thursday May 07, 2015 07:00 pm
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?
Tuesday Mar 01, 2016 12:00 am
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 emergency basis to more than 2000 res
Tuesday Mar 03, 2015 08:00 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