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.

Google Calendar Program Overview

Saturday Mar 24, 2018 09:30 am
Come for a  Lent Retreat on Saturday, March 24 from 9:30 am to 3 pm in the Sanctuary and Hall of Entrance, led by Becky Wright, Molly Baskette and Rachel Bauman
Saturday Mar 24, 2018 10:00 am
An Oakland “March for Our Lives” Rally to protest gun violence will be held at 10 am on Saturday, March 24 at Frank H.
Sunday Mar 25, 2018 10:00 am
Beginning with the excitement of Palm Sunday through the shadow of Good Friday and on to the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, First Church will mark the important events of Holy Week wit
Sunday Mar 18, 2018 11:45 am
Winthrop (the senior high youth group) is organizing a Goods & Services Auction for Sunday, March 18 & 25 to raise money for their summer Work Camp and they are  inviting the whole
Sunday Mar 25, 2018 10:00 am
Holy Week events begin on Palm Sunday, March 25. We will create a raucous parade with the giant Jesus and donkey puppets, palms, drums, “hosannas” and a dramatic retelling of Jesus’ crowd-inspiring entry into Jerusalem.
Thursday Mar 29, 2018 06:00 pm
Once again we will celebrate Maundy Thursday (March 29, 2018) soup supper and foot/hand washing—in small groups, as house church, in the homes of various First Church community members.
Friday Mar 30, 2018 07:30 pm
On Good Friday, March 30 at 7:30 pm, we commemorate the day that Jesus was crucified with a candlelight “Tenebrae” service on the Chancel in the Sanctuary. 
Friday Mar 30, 2018 07:00 am
The First Church Sanctuary will be open all day on Good Friday, from 7 am to 6:15 pm.
Saturday Mar 31, 2018 07:30 pm
A Holy Saturday Vigil will take place on March 31 at 7:30 pm in the Hall of Entrance.
Sunday Apr 01, 2018 06:00 am
Easter Sunday, April 1 we celebrate the gift of life in all forms with a joyful pairing of worship services.
Sunday Apr 01, 2018 10:00 am
Easter Sunday, April 1 we celebrate the gift of life in all forms with a joyful pairing of worship services.
Sunday Apr 08, 2018 11:45 am
The results for the survey about the on-campus affordable housing idea are in. However we decide to move ahead, some of us have an unsettled feeling about the diversity of opinions in our community. We long for harmony.
Wednesday Mar 07, 2018 12:00 pm
Preliminary results of the Affordable Housing Survey are in. Almost 260 responses were submitted in response to a variety of communications over the course of about two weeks.
Sunday Apr 15, 2018 11:45 am
Marvin K White, First Church’s Public Theologian in Residence, will lead his workship “workship” on Sunday, April 15 at 11:45 am in the Sanctuary and will preach on Sunday, April 29 during
Sunday Apr 22, 2018 10:00 am
Straight talk for the politically heartbroken and stubbornly hopeful.
Sunday Apr 08, 2018 09:00 am
Steve Almond, acclaimed author and cohost of the Dear Sugars podcast with Cheryl Strayed, is coming to our church on Sunday, April 22, 2018, to talk about his brand new book Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happe
Sunday Feb 18, 2018 09:00 am
Join us for a series of Sunday Morning Lent Explorations from 9-9:45 am each Sunday during Lent in Room #5, upstairs in the East Bay School for Boys.
Wednesday Mar 21, 2018 12:00 pm
First Church Music Director Derek Tam directed three performances of Prokofiev's "Peter & the Wolf" last Saturday, with the narration done in three different languages.
Sunday Mar 18, 2018 10:00 am
Sunday, March 18, is One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) Sunday.
Wednesday Jan 24, 2018 12:00 pm
Because this year, Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day, and Easter on April Fools’, we have adopted as our Lenten theme: Lovers & Fools!
Sunday Apr 08, 2018 11:45 am
On Sunday, April 8, First Church member Kerrie Hein will present the fourth in a series of six monthly seminars on Mental Health Promotion.
Wednesday Feb 14, 2018 12:00 pm
A Social Media Spiritual Practice! Will you join us?
Wednesday Feb 21, 2018 12:00 pm
The Sanctuary Ministry Team announces the formation of a new Accompaniment Team comprised of Reverend Molly, Carolyn Ash, Andrea Trexler
Tuesday Mar 20, 2018 09:00 am
Senior Minister Molly Baskette holds office hours each week on Tuesdays.
Sunday Feb 04, 2018 12:00 pm
On Sunday, February 4, First Church held its 143rd Annual Meeting following worship. This was the first Annual Meeting since the congregation was back in the Sanctuary following the fire.
Sunday Feb 04, 2018 12:00 pm
Each year, the church prepares an Annual Report detailing the activities of the previous year.
Thursday Mar 01, 2018 12:00 pm
Click here to read this month’s edition of the FamChY (Families, Children & Youth) newsletter prepared by Di
Sunday May 20, 2018 11:45 am
The FamChY (Families, Children & Youth) Ministry is excited to announce a three-part series on Compassionate Communication for Families for parents, grandparents, aunts/ uncles and other caring adults.
Saturday Apr 14, 2018 09:00 am
Save the date, Saturday April 14, and fling yourself and your family into the fun!
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.
Thursday Aug 10, 2017 12:00 pm
After he preached for and moved us so deeply back in February, we knew we wanted to hear more from Marvin K. White.
Sunday Apr 15, 2018 11:45 am
The Mental Health Spiritual Support Group will meet on Sunday, April 15 from 11:45 am – 1 pm in Durant House. 
Sunday Mar 25, 2018 10:00 am
Find out who will be preaching at First Church on upcoming Sunday mornings.
Monday Nov 06, 2017 12:00 pm
Emerging Leader Loi Almeron has begun creating a series of short videos called “Word Takeaway.” Each week after the service, the preacher summarizes their sermon in about two minutes.
Sunday Jan 07, 2018 09:40 am
Interested in singing old hymns and learning new ones?
Sunday Aug 20, 2017 11:45 am
On Sundays, August 6, 13, & 20, 2017 the Adult Education Ministry presented a series entitled Contemplating Loss and Death: A Zen Hospice Project Perspective in the Sanctuary.
Wednesday Mar 21, 2018 07:00 pm
Join us every first, second and third Wednesday for our young adult Open Chapel gatherings (1st & 3rd Wed: worship; 2nd Wed "wildcard," community-led). Slow down, sing out, tune in, break bread, open up.
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Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. — Hebrews 13:2
Friday Oct 28, 2016 12:00 pm
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Wednesday Oct 12, 2016 12:30 pm
by Molly Baskette
Thursday May 07, 2015 07:00 pm
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?
Tuesday Mar 01, 2016 12:00 am
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 emergency basis to more than 2000 res
Tuesday Mar 03, 2015 08:00 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