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We are First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley — but please, just call us First Pres.

We have been worshipping here, on the corner of Dana and Channing Streets, since 1902. But our ministry in Berkeley goes back even further, all the way to 1878.

Today we are a vibrant, welcoming community of more than 2,000 individuals and families. A member congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA), we are committed to a ministry of worship, service, mission outreach, pastoral care and spiritual growth.

We invite you to be part of it. Explore our website to learn more about our history, our mission and values, our people and our ministries. Then consider taking the next step:

Join us on a Sunday. We are worshipping online as pandemic restrictions continue. We invite you to view our live service on Zoom at 10 am on Sunday, or watch any of our recorded services on our YouTube channel.

Plan to visit us when in-person worship returns (which we hope will be soon!). Sundays at First Pres are all
about connecting. Our services are intergenerational, multi-faceted, and diverse. In community, we respond to God’s grace, engage society’s injustices, and bear hope in a hurting world.

First Pres offers a traditional service at 9 am, and a contemporary service at 11:15. In between, we gather for Middle Hour, a time for connection, growing together in faith, fellowship, and service. TBD REWRITTEN Afterward, join us for lunch! From 11 am to 1:15 pm, we offer a restaurant-style meal in the Westminster Gym. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for students, and $3 for children (ages 2–10). Can’t stay? Grab a to-go box and continue your Sabbath well-fed.

Bring your questions. If you are new to the Christian tradition, or you’re finding your way back to church, come meet fellow seekers at Common Ground. This six-week gathering meets twice a year. This is the place to ask who God is, what Scripture has to say about life’s toughest questions, and how the church can help us find the answers. Click here for details, and put Common Ground on your fall calendar.

Start your journey. Whether you’re just getting to know First Pres, you’re ready to become more engaged here, or you’re thinking about becoming a member, Starting Point is for you. This seven-week conversational gathering, offered twice during the program year, will help you explore the many life-giving ways you can be part of our church family. Click here for the fall schedule!

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