Making God’s Welcome Known

Join us in the heart of Oakland

Whether you or your family are checking out church for the first time, dipping your toes back in, or looking to expand your spiritual journey, we invite you to experience our diverse and family-friendly church.

ABOUT FIRST CHURCH

Whether you or your family are checking out church for the first time, dipping your toes back in, or looking to expand your spiritual journey, we invite you to experience our diverse and family-friendly church.

We are a More Light faith family, on a journey toward becoming the Beloved Community. We welcome and affirm persons of every age, national origin, racial and ethnic heritage, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, physical ability and spiritual leaning.

10 am Sunday Worship

Join us for Worship and connection with your neighbors in the heart of Oakland.

We are a More Light faith family, on a journey toward becoming the Beloved Community. We welcome and affirm persons of every age, national origin, racial and ethnic heritage, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, physical ability and spiritual leaning.

10 am Sunday Worship

Join us for Worship and connection with your neighbors in the heart of Oakland.

Children & Youth

Children and Youth creatively explore the mystery of God’s presence in their lives through Godly Play & Youth Connection.

Children & Youth

Children and Youth creatively explore the mystery of God’s presence in their lives through Godly Play & Youth Connection.

Food Ministry

Our Food Ministry program has a significant impact on those we serve on a weekly basis. We dedicate our efforts to everyone we feel blessed to support.

Food Ministry

Our Food Ministry program has a significant impact on those we serve on a weekly basis. We dedicate our efforts to everyone we feel blessed to support.

Over 10,400 meals served per year

Over 50 volunteers and growing

Over 4 Locations served

Weddings & Rentals

Our beautiful, historic campus has several spaces available to rent for a unique wedding, event, or meeting. We also offer a full-service industrial kitchen for food preparation and catering.

Weddings & Rentals

Our beautiful, historic campus has several spaces available to rent for a unique wedding, event, or meeting. We also offer a full-service industrial kitchen for food preparation and catering.

Get Involved

Join a Bible study, sing in the choir or share your musical gifts, lead worship, attend a meditation class, participate in an all-church picnic, volunteer with the Food Ministry, get your hands dirty with the Garden Club.

Get Involved

Join a Bible study, sing in the choir or share your musical gifts, lead worship, attend a meditation class, participate in an all-church picnic, volunteer with the Food Ministry, get your hands dirty with the Garden Club.

Calendar of Events

We’ve been an anchor in Uptown…

…before there was an Uptown. Don’t let our gorgeous neo-Gothic facade fool you, though. We’re young, old and in-between, traditional and progressive, open and accepting.

Community Partners

First Church has been a witness to Oakland's social justice movement for generations. We are a congregation committed to peace, reconciliation, justice, and action. We call for the dismantling of white supremacy and accountability for police brutality. You can learn more about The Presbyterian Church's call to action from our national leader, Rev. Dr. J Herbert Nelson, and from one of our seminary presidents, Rev. Dr. Brian K. Blount, in response to both the George Floyd murder, and white supremacy in American cultural and spiritual life.

Join us online during this season of Shelter in Place:

  • Current worship services videos and audio of recent sermons.
  • Our Food Ministry continues to serve nutritious meals on Sundays and Mondays but as meals to go. Food service may start earlier than listed on our Food Ministry page

More information on how we are here to help may be found here.