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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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Sunday Mar 24, 2019 • 4:00 pm
For the fourth year, First Church Berkeley collaborates with City of Refuge UCC to create a benefit concert on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 4 pm at City of Refuge
Wednesday Mar 06, 2019 • 12:00 pm
Our Lent worship theme for 2019 is: Why Christian? Why Church?
Saturday Mar 02, 2019 • 10:00 am
Pending the completion of a few final administrative steps, please save the date of April 14 (Palm Sunday) for the ordination of Minister of Art & Communication Phil Porter.
Sunday Apr 14, 2019 • 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
Friday Mar 22, 2019 • 8:00 pm
The "fortepianist of the beguiling fingers" (Bloomington Herald-Times), Resonance artistic director Derek Tam will play sonatas by Beethoven, Clementi,
Sunday Mar 24, 2019 • 7:00 pm
A new bible study group has formed that aims to explore queer themes in scripture, centered in the young adult community but open to all ages, led by FCCB member Jane Arc.
Tuesday Mar 12, 2019 • 12:00 pm
Kerrie Hein is looking for more volunteers to help with the task of waking the unhoused neighbors who sleep each night in our cloister, providing companionship to them, and then cleaning the cloister after they leave.
Tuesday Feb 05, 2019 • 12:00 pm
This Lent—a time traditionally given over to self-reflection and prayer—our community has embarked on an exciting spiritual journey to envision our church’s future.
Wednesday Mar 20, 2019 • 12:00 pm
During the 10 am worship service last Sunday, the San Francisco Girl's Chorus sang, Rev.
Sunday Mar 24, 2019 • 10:00 am
Find out who will be preaching at First Church on upcoming Sunday mornings.
Tuesday Mar 19, 2019 • 9:15 am
Senior Minister Molly Baskette holds office hours each week on Tuesdays.
Sunday Apr 14, 2019 • 10:00 am
Holy Week events begin on Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019.
Thursday Apr 18, 2019 • 6:00 pm
Once again we will celebrate Maundy Thursday (April 18, 2019) soup supper and foot/hand washing—in small groups, as house church, in the homes of various First Church community members.
Friday Apr 19, 2019 • 7:00 pm
On Good Friday, April 19 at 7 pm, we commemorate the day that Jesus was crucified with a candlelight service in the Sanctuary. This joint service will be shared by seven UCC churches in the area.
Saturday Apr 20, 2019 • 7:00 pm
On Holy Saturday, April 20, 2019 First Church hosts its first "Jesus Christ Super-Sing-Along at 7 pm in the Sanctuary.
Sunday Apr 21, 2019 • 6:00 am
Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019, we celebrate the gift of life in all forms with a joyful pairing of worship services.
Sunday Apr 21, 2019 • 10:00 am
Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019, we celebrate the gift of life in all forms with a joyful pairing of worship services.
Wednesday Feb 20, 2019 • 12:00 pm
Senior Minister Molly Baskette and members of the First Church Accompaniment Team led by Andrea Trexl
Sunday Feb 17, 2019 • 12:00 pm
The Diversity Team led 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 in February of 2019.
Sunday Feb 03, 2019 • 12:00 pm
At the First Church Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 3, the congregation voted unanimously to become a Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive and Engaged (WISE) Congregation for Mental Health.
Thursday Jan 24, 2019 • 12:00 pm
After much delay, the church now has a date for a hearing before the independent panel of appraisers charged with resolving the dispute between First Church and its insurers as to the value of losses from the fire of September 2016.
Sunday Apr 07, 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 Jan 27, 2019 • 12:00 pm
We were blessed to have the talented and insightful church growth consultant, Michael Piazza, with us in May 2018 to teach Bay Area UCCs about new best practices for stewardship, as well as conduct a full health check on ou
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.
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 Apr 03, 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.
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