Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in serving the church, or the community at large, First Pres offers a wide array of opportunities.

The programs listed here have an ongoing need for volunteers (weekly, monthly, or twice-monthly) throughout year. Take a look to see what matches your interests and your schedule.

You might also explore our local and global partners to learn about their ministries. Look for the volunteer link, organizational contact or First Pres liaison to learn more about volunteering with a mission partner.

One-time service projects also arise frequently. Check out the volunteer calendar, and subscribe to our outreach e-newsletter, for news about upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Serving at First Pres

There are many ways to put your talents to work right here at First Pres. Opportunities to serve the church are available on Sundays for sure, as well as other days during the week.


We welcome volunteers to help lead worship, serve as ushers and greeters, and host the welcome cart on Sunday mornings and at special worship services. We can also use your help with art installations in the Sanctuary. Contact: Michelle Vecchio-Lyzenga (michellev@fpcberkeley.org, 510 848 6252 ext. 220)


Do you sing? We invite you to be part of our Chancel Choir or Vesper Choir. Play an instrument? We need instrumentalists and solo musicians for worship and special services, or you may choose to join our worship band. Experienced volunteers are also needed to direct or accompany the Children’s and Youth Choir, or assist with rehearsals. Contact: Li-Wen Monk (liwenm@fpcberkeley.org, 510 848 6252 ext. ???)


If you are interested in facilitating or hosting a Bible study, leading a Community Group, or volunteering in our library, contact Janet Sanders (janets@fpcberkeley.org, 510 848 6252 ext. 267).

Children’s Ministries

We rely on our volunteers on Sunday mornings to provide childcare in our nursery and for younger children through pre-K. Sunday School volunteers help to lead our Godly Play curriculum for children four years old through fourth grade. Contact: Rosemarie Eichner-Raja (rosemariee@fpcberkeley.org, 510 848 6252 ext. 251)

Youth Ministries

Volunteers serve Youth Ministries in a variety of ways: by helping to lead our Sunday morning and Thursday evening gatherings, lending a hand with youth ministry events on weekends or in the evening, offering rides for ministry trips, and assisting with the youth choir. Contact:

University Ministries

Our FoCUS program needs hosts to meet regularly with students to share life and faith. FoCUS Partner Families host students for a meal and Bible study. Volunteers also bring food for the end-of-the-semester Study Hall, and join students in local or international service projects. Contact:

Caring Ministries

We welcome your interest in serving as a Stephen Minister or para-professional counselor. Both of these volunteer opportunities require classwork and an interview. We are also in need of volunteers to visit homebound church members, assist at memorial service receptions, or become part of our prayer chain. Learn more about how you can serve our Caring Ministries here [link]. Contact: caring@fpcberkeley.org


Join the kitchen crew for The Table… and Café

Contact Peter Callis at (510) 848-6252 ext. 225 or peterc@fpcberkeley.org

Street Meal

Our Street Meal team offers a nutritious, home-cooked meal on the second and last Saturday of the month to neighbors in need from the Berkeley community. We welcome you to be part of the cooking, hospitality, or serving crew with your friends, small group, or family. Contact: WHO?

After the meal, we invite our guests to discuss a Bible passage and how it applies to their lives. If you would like to be part of this ministry, contact Beth Thomsen (betht@fpcberkeley.org, 510 848 6252 ext. 221). To make a clothing donation, contact Nancy Koerner (downboy1013@yahoo.com).

Church Administration

We are often in need of help with building and grounds projects and general office work. If you are a photographer (even an amateur with a good eye!), we would love to share your images on our website and in other church communications. Contact: Sue Burger (sueb@fpcberkeley.org, 510 848 6253 ext. 224)

Ongoing Mission Partner Programs

Children Rising [link] employs volunteers during the academic year to teach and mentor children and youth in public schools most affected by poverty, violence, and educational inequity. Faithful volunteers help these young students to develop the academic and life skills they need to realize their God-given potential. Contact:

CityTeam [link] programs provide food, shelter, clothing, training, and spiritual transformation in order to restore lives and rebuild communities.

City Team in the Neighborhood is a mobile outreach to underserved neighborhoods. On the first and third Saturdays, First Pres welcomes CityTeam’s mobile food pantry as volunteers gather feed our neighbors in need. Contact:

CityTeam Turning Point is a bridge housing program to help people recently living on the streets, or at risk of homelessness, get back on their feet.

  • Volunteers serve as spiritual mentors, joining Turning Point guests weekly or twice a month for prayer, Bible study and reflection.
  • Volunteers also serve weekly, twice monthly, or monthly preparing meals for our Turning Point family.
  • Our career and education support team helps guests with coursework, job exploration, resume writing, and interview practice. Education volunteers serve weekday mornings and by appointment. Monday through Friday 10am to 12pm or individual appointment.
  • Join us in the sanctuary garden on Saturday mornings to help with planting, watering, weeding, pruning, and sweeping!

For all CityTeam opportunities, contact: Teddy Feldmann (tfeldmann@cityteam.org)

Harbor House [link] is a Christian nonprofit serving at-risk children and families in the lower San Antonio neighborhood of Oakland. Volunteers serve on Tuesday mornings to help with food distribution, and on Thursday afternoons to work in the garden. Volunteer tutors are also needed on a regular basis. Contact: Martha Allen ( )


Email for overall contact here

Upcoming Opportunities

Below is a list of a few future opportunities to serve in our community. Please visit our full calendar for more events.

Anti-Racism Workshop

October 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Anti-Racism Workshop

October 26, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Gift World Partner Showcase

November 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Gift World (11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8)

November 24, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm