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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Saturday Aug 05, 2017 08:00 pm

Once again, First Church Berkeley will be hosting an evening of comedy by lesbian performers Jennie McNulty and Vickie Shaw on Saturday, August 5 at

Saturday Aug 05, 2017 10:30 am

Please join Kit Novotny and summer intern Pauline Van Backle on Saturday, August 5 for Summer Soul Saturday, a mini-retreat

Sunday Aug 06, 2017 11:30 am

At the Learning Hour at 11:30 am on Sunday, August 6, 13, & 20, the Adult Education Ministry will present a series entitled Contemplating L

Friday Jul 14, 2017 12:00 pm

The Blue Sky Team and the Church have had a busy couple of months, with a lot of talking, listening, and sharing about how Pilgrim Ha

Wednesday Jul 19, 2017 12:00 pm

As many of you know, Rachel’s partner Joe Scarry was recently diagnosed with lymphoma.

Sunday Jul 23, 2017 11:45 am

Roger Bash presented another design concept for rebuilding Pilgrim Hall an a Learning Hour sponsored by Adult Education on Sunday, July 23 in the Sanctuary.

Wednesday Jul 26, 2017 12:00 pm

Berkeley Food Pantry families are missing school breakfasts and lunches during summer months. Pantry Manager, Amy St.

Sunday Aug 06, 2017 11:30 am

The Ministry of Care, Fellowship and Invitation is sponsoring another Operation Love Notes card-writing session after worship on Sunday, August 6 and i

Sunday Jul 16, 2017 11:30 am

Minister of Community Life Rachel Bauman, Sunday School teacher and retired preschool director Bonnie Hester and Children’s Programs Director

Wednesday Jul 19, 2017 12:00 pm

The annual Winthrop Work Camp (for senior high youth) spent a week in Fresno, CA helping out with the agency FIRM (Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries) which

Wednesday Jul 19, 2017 12:00 pm
As planning for rebuilding Pilgrim Hall proceeds, many have wondered whether a new Cellar Thrift Shop will be included.
Monday Jul 10, 2017 12:00 pm

First Church members Emma Fujii, Diane Weible, Sonny Graves, Phil Porter attended the UCC General Synod in Baltimore

Thursday Jul 13, 2017 12:00 pm

First Church welcomes Pauline Van Backle who will be doing a month-long internship with Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny from July 13 to August 1

Sunday Jun 18, 2017 09:15 am

Curious about meditation?  Or a long-time practitioner?

Thursday Jul 06, 2017 12:00 pm

The Mental Health Ministry Team is taking a break for the summer, and will resume monthly meetings on Sunday, Se

Saturday Jun 10, 2017 12:00 pm

On Saturday, June 10, the First Church Berkeley community gathered to hear about several options for rebuilding Pilgrim Hall that the Blue Sky Team has developed.

Tuesday Jun 20, 2017 12:00 pm

At the June 10 meeting, “Planning for the Next 100 Years," the Blue Sky Team presented conc

Sunday Jun 18, 2017 11:30 am

On Sunday, June 18 First Congregational Church of Berkeley, United Church of Christ voted unanimously to sign the National Sanctuary Movement Pledge (below) and formally establish itself as a Sa

Wednesday May 31, 2017 06:00 pm

On Wednesday, May 31, Rev. Molly Baskette was installed as Senior Minister of First Church Berkeley!

Thursday May 25, 2017 12:00 pm

This summer's worship series will be Summer of Love, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Berkeley's Summer of Love! We are looking for liturgists to offer a first-person testimo

Saturday May 27, 2017 02:00 pm



Sunday May 21, 2017 10:00 am

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.

Besides the First Church’s public Facebook page, the church also has a

Sunday Jul 16, 2017 10:00 am
Find out who will be preaching at First Church on upcoming Sunday mornings.

— 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

Wednesday Feb 08, 2017 12:00 pm

Each year, the church prepares an Annual Report detailing the activities of the previous year.

Wednesday Jan 18, 2017 12:00 pm

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

Friday Oct 28, 2016 12:00 pm

Wednesday Oct 12, 2016 12:30 pm

by Molly Baskette

Tuesday Oct 04, 2016 07:15 am

Click on the symbol in the lower right corner of the slideshow below to see the photos full screen.


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?

Monday Oct 03, 2016 09:15 am

Because of the fire that took place at First Church Berkeley on Friday, September 30, 2016 the

Sunday Feb 21, 2016 10:00 am

NOTE  Links to videos below!

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

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

Wednesday Apr 10, 2013 02:00 pm

Watch the powerful United Church of Christ?s StillSpeaking Ministry video spot which was launched on the internet in 2010.