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 Apr 30, 2017 01:00 pm

The Berkeley CROP Hunger Walk will begin Sunday, April 30 at 1 pm, departing from St. Mary Magdalene, 2005 Berryman Street, in Berkeley.

Saturday Apr 29, 2017 11:00 am
Kit Novotny & Annis Kukulan will be organizing a First Church group to join the Oakland event at the Lake Merritt Amphitheater at 11 am. An interfaith service will take place at 10:30 am near that same location.
Sunday May 07, 2017 11:30 am

The Blue Sky Team is holding a congregational conversation on Sunday, May 7 at 11:30 am to

Saturday May 06, 2017 09:00 am


Rebuilding Together is now on May 6.


Sunday Apr 23, 2017 11:30 am

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

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?

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.
Monday Apr 17, 2017 12:00 pm


First Church celebrated Holy Week with a whole range of powerful services.

Sunday May 07, 2017 11:30 am

All nursery-age children and the adults who love them are invited to the Nursery Song Circle with Thomas Gettys on Sunday, May 7 from 11:30 am

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?

Sunday May 21, 2017 11:45 am

Come to a workshop in the Raising a Grounded Tween/Teen series called But It’s Legal!

Wednesday Apr 05, 2017 12:00 pm

The Easter Offering helps to fund the social justice grants that the Ministry of Outreach, Mission, and Service Ministry (OMS) makes each year.

Tuesday Apr 25, 2017 12:00 pm

Several First Church members attended the March for Science last Saturday, including Bob and Julie Stokstad.

Sunday May 14, 2017 08:30 am

On Sunday, May 14 at 8:45 am, Minister of Community Life Rachel Bauman will lead a discussion of Stanley Hauerwas’ The Peaceable Kingdom: A Primer in Christian Ethics i

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.

In an effort to understand the spiritual and practical needs and habits of Bay Area families, Rev.

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 Nov 04, 2016 12:00 pm

As we continue to appreciate our new worship location at

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.