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
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
Please join Kit Novotny and summer intern Pauline Van Backle on Saturday, August 5 for Summer Soul Saturday, a mini-retreat
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
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
As many of you know, Rachel’s partner Joe Scarry was recently diagnosed with lymphoma.
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.
Berkeley Food Pantry families are missing school breakfasts and lunches during summer months. Pantry Manager, Amy St.
The Ministry of Care, Fellowship and Invitation is sponsoring another Operation Love Notes card-writing session after worship on Sunday, August 6 and i
Minister of Community Life Rachel Bauman, Sunday School teacher and retired preschool director Bonnie Hester and Children’s Programs Director
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
First Church members Emma Fujii, Diane Weible, Sonny Graves, Phil Porter attended the UCC General Synod in Baltimore
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
Curious about meditation? Or a long-time practitioner?
The Mental Health Ministry Team is taking a break for the summer, and will resume monthly meetings on Sunday, Se
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.
At the June 10 meeting, “Planning for the Next 100 Years," the Blue Sky Team presented conc
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
On Wednesday, May 31, Rev. Molly Baskette was installed as Senior Minister of First Church Berkeley!
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
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
— 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
Each year, the church prepares an Annual Report detailing the activities of the previous year.
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
by Molly Baskette
Click on the symbol in the lower right corner of the slideshow below to see the photos full screen.
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?
NOTE Links to videos below!
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
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
Watch the powerful United Church of Christ?s StillSpeaking Ministry video spot which was launched on the internet in 2010.