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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Friday Jan 25, 2019 • 8:00 pm
The First Church Festival Chorus and Orchestra will perform several works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, including his eloquent plea for peace, the choral cantata "Dona nobis pacem," written in 1936 amid growin
Sunday Feb 03, 2019 • 11:30 am
Save the Date!
Sunday Jan 27, 2019 • 11:45 am
On Sunday, January 27, The Ministry of Families, Children and Youth (FamChY) will sponsor another Church World Service (CWS) Disaster Relief project of assembling hygiene kits for refugees
Sunday Jan 27, 2019 • 11:45 am
Companionship Training is being given again on January 27, 2019. This will be a Learning Hour after church at 11:45 am – 12:45 pm in Durant House.
Sunday Jan 27, 2019 • 11:45 am
On Sunday, January 27, an official congregational meeting will be held to vote on the 2019 budget right after the 10 am worship service in the Sanctuary.
Sunday Feb 03, 2019 • 11:15 am
Kate Lucchese, director of the First Church Ukulele Orchestra invites all children to come to special rehearsals for the group designed just for you and your grown ups.
Sunday Feb 10, 2019 • 11:45 am
The Diversity Team will lead a 2-part study of Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law: The Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America during the Learning Hours after church on Sundays,
Saturday Jan 12, 2019 • 12:00 pm
FCCB has a long history of taking care of the unhoused homeless. In fact, FCCB hosted a winter storm shelter in the Large Assembly for years until the fire.
Thursday Mar 07, 2019 • 6:00 pm
Interested in becoming a better music sight-reader?
Sunday Feb 03, 2019 • 11:45 am
At the First Church Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 2, the congregation will vote on becoming a Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive and Engaged (WISE) Congregation for Mental
Tuesday Jan 15, 2019 • 9:15 am
Senior Minister Molly Baskette holds office hours each week on Tuesdays.
Sunday Dec 16, 2018 • 10:00 am
Find out who will be preaching at First Church on upcoming Sunday mornings.
Sunday Dec 30, 2018 • 11:45 am
On Sunday, December 30, 2018, First Church celebrated the ministry of Minister of Community Life Rachel Bauman, who was leaving to become the Senior Minister at St.
Wednesday Dec 26, 2018 • 12:00 pm
First Church celebrated Christmas Eve 2018 with three services—the All Ages Christmas Eve Service at 4 pm where everyone gets to wear a costume and get involved in the story, Christmas Eve in the Cloisters
Monday Dec 17, 2018 • 12:00 pm
Beginning in January of 2019, the printed Carillon (and the accompanying e-version) will be produced every other week.
Saturday Mar 02, 2019 • 8:00 am
First Church is partnering with City of Refuge UCC in Oakland and Pacific School of Religion (PSR) to host the WISE Congregations for Mental Health Conference from 8 am – 5 pm
Wednesday Dec 26, 2018 • 12:00 pm
During Advent, First Church members gathered and contributed articles helpful to folks who are moving from being unhoused to having permanent housing.
Thursday Nov 15, 2018 • 12:00 pm
Some of you may have noticed in Sunday’s bulletin the use of “kin-dom” in the Lord’s Prayer.
Sunday Oct 14, 2018 • 10:00 am
Rev. Sophia DeWitt was our guest preacher on Disability Empowerment Sunday, during the 10 am worship service on October 14, 2018.
Wednesday Jan 16, 2019 • 6:00 pm
Join us every first Wednesday of the month (Sept-May) for Open Chapel: our alternative, creative, heartfelt worship gatherings, for and by young adults. Slow down, sing out, tune in, break bread, open up.
Friday Aug 10, 2018 • 12:00 pm
First Church member Kerrie Hein presented a series of five seminars on Mental Health Promotion. sponsored by the Mental Health Ministry Team.
Thursday May 10, 2018 • 12:00 pm
Marvin K. White served as First Church’s Public Theologian in Residence for 2017-2018. Marvin is a poet, preacher/theologian, activist, and artist.
Tuesday Sep 04, 2018 • 12:00 pm
First Church has launched the First Church Berkeley GodCast, a podcast featuring the scripture and sermon from the weekly Sunday service.
Monday Jan 22, 2018 • 12:00 pm
Members of the First Church have formed a new Disability Empowerment Team. One of its goals is to generate sensitivity around language of disability.
Besides the First Church’s public Facebook page, the church also has a private community page wher
Tuesday Mar 03, 2015 • 8:00 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