Marriage & Family Classes and Events

Marriage and Family Classes

Marriage and family relationships are the day-to-day context in which we live out our spiritual convictions. First Pres values family, and recognizes that these important intimate relationships are vital to the life and health of our congregation. We offer a variety of classes and small groups to help couples and parents successfully navigate key developmental stages and transitions in family life.

    Growing Family Emmaus Community (EC 1)

    Growing Family, now called EC 1 is a First Pres Emmaus Community for couples and parents in the busy child-rearing season of family life. We share a common bond of experience—navigating busy lives, complex responsibilities, and competing priorities—and a commitment to supporting one another and nurturing distinctively Christian family relationships. The Growing Family community extends beyond Sunday mornings through kid-friendly service opportunities, fellowship gatherings, and fun events throughout the year.

    Dates: Sundays, September–May
    More Information: Emmaus Communities

    What Makes Relationships Work?
    Whether your journey together just began or is well on its way, join us for an exploration of the pitfalls to avoid and habits to adopt for thriving as a couple. This popular workshop provides proven, practical, and effective strategies for creating a loving relationship of friendship and intimacy. Jonathan Howard, PsyD, CPCC from Berkeley Christian Counselors will facilitate this interactive and skills-building workshop. Remember, holiday stress is around the corner! Take this time to strengthen your relationship.

    Dates and Times: Friday, Nov. 10, 6:30– 8:30 pm & Saturday, Nov. 11, 9:00 am–4 pm
    Advance reservation required by November 8th:
    Cost: $300 per couple/$150 per person.
    To Register or for More Information: Contact or 510-548-5858.