Young Adult Events

Easter Sunday Festival Worship 2017


Easter Sunday, April 16 we celebrate the gift of life in all forms with a joyful pairing of worship services.

Join us with bow ties and bonnets (or come as you are) for Easter Sunday Festival Worship in the Sanctuary at Congregation Beth El. Special music begins at 9:45 am and the service will start at 10 am.

Easter Sunday Sunrise Service 2017


Easter Sunday, April 16 we celebrate the gift of life in all forms with a joyful pairing of worship services.

An Easter Sunrise Service will begin at 6 am in the Berkeley hills overlooking the Bay Area. We greet the new morning and the promise of new life. This simple outdoor service will include music, song and prayer. Children are most welcome!

Good Friday 2017


On Good Friday, April 14 at 7:30 pm, we commemorate the day that Jesus was crucified with a candlelight “Tenebrae” service in Loper Chapel. 

The service will include scripture readings about that time, Taizé chants and silence. The word "tenebrae" which means “shadows” or “darkness” also refers to a ritual of extinguishing a series of candles.

Maundy Thursday 2017


This year, we will celebrate Maundy Thursday, April 13, in homes around the community. The evening marks Jesus' gathering with his disciples and friends for a "last supper." They broke bread together and Jesus demonstrated the power of servant leadership by washing the feet of those gathered.

Since we don't have access to our Large Assembly space, several members of the First Church community will open their homes to small gatherings.

Palm Sunday 2017


Holy Week events begin on Palm Sunday, April 9. We will create a raucous parade with palms, drums, “hosannas” and a dramatic retelling of Jesus’ crowd-inspiring entry into Jerusalem. Gather outside the Congregation Beth El Sanctuary at 9:45 am to grab your palms and be part of the procession.

Worship begins at 10 am.

As the service progresses we look toward the other events that will take place during the powerful time of Holy Week.

Young Adult Lent Retreat


This year we’re hosting a new Young Adult Lent Retreat, April 8 in Dillon Beach!

If you’re in the YA group (ages 18-39ish), register online to reserve your spot. We'll gather from 10 am – 5 pm, the Saturday before Holy Week to dive deeper spiritually and get to know one another better: singing, talking, sharing, walking on the beach, worshiping, journalling, eating great food, possibly soaking in the hot tub... and more!

Social Justice Theology


A three-part series called Social Justice Theology will be led by Alice Clark, Reuben Shank and Rachel Bauman on three Sundays after church—March 19 & 26 and April 2—in the Congregation Beth El Sanctuary.

Lent Retreat: Resist + Surrender


A Lent retreat, “Resist + Surrender," will take place on March 18, from 9:30-3:30, led by Becky Wright and Rachel Bauman.

This will be a day of letting go and surrender, while acknowledging this is a time of resistance for many of us.  There will be time for silence as well as time in community. We hope that all who come will experience an opening to God’s presence in their lives.

The cost of the retreat will be $25 for those who can pay which will cover expenses for lunch and materials. Sign-ups will begin after worship on March 5th.