Advent 2017: “Watch”

Advent logo 2017“Watch” is the First Chuch theme for Advent 2017.

It’s been a rough year. The new year can’t come soon enough—and it will. The Christian church recognizes Advent as the beginning of the new year and new life, the time of gestation when God is ready to break in and be with us.

We’ve been on high alert for so long. We might be getting sleepy—it’s only human. But Jesus told us to keep watch. What are the signs and wonders that God is here, or approaching? Where is light breaking through the mist and gloom?

As we enter Advent and approach Christmas, in Sunday sermons, testimonies and an Advent day-long retreat, we’ll stay up and watch together for the inbreaking of the Divine.

Each Sunday in Advent, First Church will be enlivened with special music of all sorts, organized and directed by Fi

This year's Advent & Christmastide Calendar is here!

Remembering loved ones who are on our hearts and minds can be a meaningful part of the Christmas season.

First Church folk have two opportunities to contribute to our unhoused neighbors this season.

Christmas Bags

First Church members Cynthia Winton-Henry and Bree Elle Gardner have created and will tend to the development of an Advent Shrine during the seaso

On Sunday, December 10, 2017 the whole church is invited to take part in the Advent Crafts Fair after worship at First Church at 11:45 am.

Just in time for Christmas gift shopping! First Church T-shirts!

Join us Tuesday, December 19 at 6:30 pm for the first annual Berkeley’s Homeless Person’s Memorial Service.

First Church offers a Longest Night Service on Thursday, December 21, 2017, at 6 pm in Loper Chapel.

The First Church All Ages Christmas Eve Service at 4 pm on Saturday, December 24 is a sight for eyes, ears, hearts and spirits.

First Church has had a long history making "family" music for the All Ages Christmas Eve Service at 4 pm on

First Church Berkeley will celebrate Christmas Eve with a Contemplative Service at 10 am and three services in the evening on Sunday, Dece

For the second year, First Church offers a third Christmas Eve Service—Christmas Eve in the Cloister—at 6 pm on Sunday, December 24.

The season of Advent comes to a close and we step up to that moment when we celebrate the mystery and wonder of the birth