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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Sunday May 21, 2017 10:00 am

First Service
May 21, 2017 • 10 am

Saturday May 20, 2017 10:00 am
First Church welcomes Rev. Alan Johnson as it's special guest preacher and leader on Saturday–Sunday, May 20-21 for the church's first Mental Health Weekend. He will preach on Sunday, followed by a Learning Hour discussion and also meet with all interested congregation members on Saturday morning.
Wednesday May 10, 2017 12:00 pm

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.

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.

Saturday Jun 10, 2017 09:00 am

The Blue Sky Team, charged with envisioning a new Pilgrim Hall, invites the entire First Church community to

Wednesday May 31, 2017 06:00 pm

On Wednesday, May 31 at 6 pm, Rev. Molly will be installed as Senior Minister of First Church Berkeley!

Saturday May 27, 2017 02:00 pm

On Saturday, May 27, 2017, Sonny Graves will be ordained into Christian ministry and installed in his position as Minister of

Friday Jun 02, 2017 07:30 pm
Founded by Ja Ronn Thompson in 2013, this new gospel-inspired vocal ensemble is already making headlines, with feature appearances on television as well as appearances with Journey and Josh Groban.
Friday Jun 02, 2017 06:15 pm

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.

Sunday Jun 04, 2017 09:00 am

It is both an exciting and tender time as we return to the First Church Sanctuary for Sunday morning worship.

Monday Apr 24, 2017 12:00 pm

Do you ever sit around making a list of your spiritual gifts, and celebrate them? What’s that? You don’t?

Sunday Apr 30, 2017 01:00 pm

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

Wednesday Apr 26, 2017 01:00 pm

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

Sunday Apr 23, 2017 11:30 am

At a presentation on Sunday, April 23, following worship, Milton Fujii, the chair of the

Tuesday Apr 25, 2017 12:00 pm

We are looking for 8-10 people interested in leading or co-leading a summer small group.

Sunday Jun 04, 2017 11:30 am

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

Sunday Apr 23, 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.


Wednesday Mar 01, 2017 07:00 pm

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

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.