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.

Google Calendar Program Overview

Sunday Sep 24, 2017 10:00 am

All are invited to join in as First Church welcomes the new season with a Fall Festival Sunday on September 24 beginning at 10 am.

Sunday Sep 24, 2017 11:45 am

Marvin K. White will lead his first “workship” as First Church’s Public Theologian in Residence on Sunday, September 24 from 11:45 to 1 pm in the Sanctuary. He will then preach on the following Sunday, October 1 during the 10 am worship service.

Sunday Oct 01, 2017 11:45 am

First Church member and Cal professor Dr.

Wednesday Sep 20, 2017 12:00 pm

Our worship series for fall is #BlessedTomorrow.

Saturday Sep 16, 2017 12:00 pm

Over 100 First Church folk went to Camp Cazadero near the Russian River for the annual All-Church Camp on Sept 16 & 17, 2017.

Sunday Sep 24, 2017 11:45 am

Everyone is invited to attend a planning meeting for our new Mental Health Hospitality/ Companionship Team on September 24 from 11:45 am – 1 pm in Room 6, East Bay School for Boys (

Tuesday Sep 19, 2017 12:00 pm

Senior Minister Molly Baskette holds office hours each week on Tuesdays.

Sunday Oct 08, 2017 11:45 am

Dr. Riess Potterveld will present the second of a two-part series on Theodicy—“Why does an all-powerful and all-good God permit evil in the world?” on Sunday, October 8.

Wednesday Sep 20, 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.
Wednesday Sep 13, 2017 12:00 pm

A crowd of First Church folk gathered at Camp Cazadero near the Russian River for the annual All-Church Camp. More photos here...


Sunday Sep 10, 2017 10:00 am


A bunch of First Church folk marched in the 2017 Oakland Pride Parade in downtown Oakland celebrating the full inclusion of LGBTQ folk in church and society.

Monday Sep 11, 2017 12:00 pm

Trust Hilton has been hired as the Director of Youth Ministries at First Church Berkeley.

Tuesday Sep 05, 2017 12:00 pm

Earlier this summer the Blue Sky Team and Fire Recovery Committee assigned several of their respective members to a joint subcommittee known as the

Monday Sep 04, 2017 12:00 pm

First Church is delighted to announce that Loi Almeron and Kim Druziako will serve as Emerging Leaders at First Church in 2017–2018.

Sunday Aug 27, 2017 12:00 pm

On Sunday, August 27, 800 to 1000 people of faith from a variety of traditions in the Bay Area gathered in response to a planned rally by right-wing groups in downtown Berkeley.

Sunday Sep 24, 2017 11:30 am

The First Church Gospel Choir will rehearse in Loper Chapel or the Sanctuary after worship (~11:30 am) on the following dates:

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 Sep 03, 2017 10:00 am

    •    Sept. 3 — First Sunday all ages worship, no Sunday School
    •    Sept. 10 — Make more welcome bags with CF&I (all ages together)
    •    Sept. 17 — Trash/ litter pick up with Green Team(all ages together)

Friday Sep 01, 2017 12:00 pm

Check out the FamChy (Families, Children & Youth) Newsletter for September with photos of recent events and news of

Sunday Sep 03, 2017 09:40 am

Interested in singing old hymns and learning new ones?

Wednesday Aug 23, 2017 12:00 pm

The Mental Health Ministry Team continues this fall with activities to support its goals of seeking to include all members and friends in the life of the church, to provide op

Thursday Aug 10, 2017 12:00 pm

As a reminder, since Rev. Rachel is on family leave and then sabbatical until early December, here are ways you can find the spiritual support you need in our community.

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 Hall could be rebuilt.  

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.

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. Over 100 people attended.

Tuesday Jun 20, 2017 12:00 pm

At the June 10 meeting, “Planning for the Next 100 Years," the Blue Sky Team presented concepts for the rebuilding of Pilgrim Hal

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 Sanctuary Congregation.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 06:00 pm

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

Sunday Sep 17, 2017 10:00 am
Find out who will be preaching at First Church on upcoming Sunday mornings.

— Barbara Lundquist

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 this important group charged with “enga

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 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

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. At first, the video message was delivered to tens of thousands?by email, through internet ads, and posts to social networks.