Open Chapel @ First Church
Join us every first Wednesday of the month (Sept-May), 6-8 pm for dinner + our young adult contemporary worship service, Open Chapelnas we slow down, sing out, tune in, break bread,and open up. This progressive, experimental, inclusive, participatory Christian worship gathering is open to all young adults and takes place in First Church Berkeley's Loper Chapel (right at the corner of Dana and Durant near the UC Berkeley campus). Services are led by Young Adult Minister Rev. Kit Novotny, with a team of young adults and folk musicians& Sarah and Thomas Gettys, and Director of Music Derek Tam.
Every Open Chapel gathering is a little different, but includes some combination of delicious food and informal hanging out as a community, singing together with guitar, banjo, and/or piano, creative prayer, meditation on scripture and poetry, a sermon that opens up into stories shared from the heart, and an open communion table. Young adults in our community describe Open Chapel in the following words: "Warm, ritual, communal, diverse; Musical, reflective, collaborative; Welcoming, inclusive, nourishing; cozy; Fulfilling and a safe space; Friends; community; Open and affirming! Genuine. Love.; Welcoming, warm, open, beautiful music, interactive; Reflection; Safe, sincere, socially conscious, devoted, accepting, enthusiastic; A blessed place.; Open Chapel: welcoming, safe, feels like community; Beautiful, intimate, touching, invites sharing, community, warm, welcoming; A great opportunity to connect with others; Innovative; Very friendly; Mid-week Spiritual Fix."
1st Wednesdays Open Chapel, 6 pm:
Nov 7, Dec 5, Jan 2, Feb 6, Mar 6, Apr 3, May 1