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 Sep 23, 2018 10:00 am
All are invited to join in as First Church welcomes the new season with a Fall Festival Sunday on September 23 beginning at 10 am.
Saturday Sep 29, 2018 08:00 pm
As the first concert in its fifth season, Resonance presents the Costanoan Trio on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 8 pm in the First Church Berkeley Sanctuary.
Saturday Oct 06, 2018 11:00 am
Join First Church Berkeley for our annual, family-friendly Blessing of the Animals and free family concert on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 11 am on the front lawn of the church. The festivities will begin with a free performance of Camille Saint-Saëns’s “The Carnival of the Animals” with the First Church Festival Orchestra as part of our Resonance concert series.
Sunday Sep 30, 2018 11:15 am
At its last meeting, the Church Council voted unanimously to recommend the endorsement of two California ballot issues related to affordable housing and homelessness.
Sunday Sep 30, 2018 11:45 am
The Ministry of Care, Fellowship and Invitation is sponsoring another Operation Love Notes card-writing session after worship on Sunday, September and invites you to join them!
Tuesday Sep 18, 2018 12:00 pm
Check out more photos on the church's Flickr pages...
Sunday Sep 16, 2018 12:00 pm
The Rev. Dr. James Antal was the guest preacher at First Church on Sunday, September 16, 2018.
Wednesday Oct 03, 2018 06:00 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 Oct 19, 2018 08:00 pm
First Church artist-in-residence and member Jeff Becker shares his life journey through poetry and song in a performance called "The Journey So Far" on Friday, October 19, 2018
Saturday Sep 08, 2018 10:00 am
Photos! On Saturday, September 8, 2018, a march called Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice took place in San Francisco beginning at Embarcadero Plaza. The march to promote a New Energy and Economic Future was one of thousands taking place around the world.
Sunday Sep 09, 2018 09:45 am
Check out photos from this year's Oakland Pride Parade on our Flick page...
Tuesday Sep 04, 2018 12:00 am
Our theme for worship during September is Choose Your Own Adventure!
Thursday Sep 20, 2018 12:00 pm
About 90 First Church folk spent a glorious weekend at the All-Church Retreat at Camp Cazadero last weekend.
Monday Aug 27, 2018 12:00 pm
First Church welcomes back Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny who returns from parental leave on Monday, August 27.
Tuesday Sep 18, 2018 05:30 pm
Senior Minister Molly Baskette holds office hours each week on Tuesdays.
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.
Tuesday Sep 04, 2018 12:00 pm
We are excited to announce that Bree Elle Gardner and Trust Hilton have begun their positions as Emerging Leaders for 2018- 2019.
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.
Sunday Sep 09, 2018 10:00 am
Find out who will be preaching at First Church on upcoming Sunday mornings.
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.
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 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.
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Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. — Hebrews 13:2
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