Life-altering events happen; we’re here to listen and offer support.

Sometimes we all need a little extra support and care. Our pastors, Caring Ministries staff, trained community members, and licensed clinicians from Berkeley Christian Counselors are available to meet you where you are and accompany you on your journey. We would love to help—just let us know. For more information, contact David Wagner, Mission & Care Coordinator, at caring@fpcberkeley.org.

Prayer

Our virtual prayer teams, pastors, and staff meet regularly to pray for the concerns of our community, our nation, and our world. If would like us to pray for you, a family member, or friend, call us at (510) 848-6252 ext. 1 or email at prayer@fpcberkeley.org.

Active Listening Ministry

If you are facing a crisis, grieving a loss, experiencing a life transition, or facing a spiritual challenge of any kind, Active Listening Ministers are here to help. Our Active Listening Ministers are trained community members who provide confidential, no-fee, ongoing, one-to-one support to those experiencing a challenging time in life. For more information, contact David Wagner.

Financial Assistance

Through the Deacon Fund, First Pres provides emergency, one-time financial assistance to members of our community who are in need. Send a confidential request to deaconfund@fpcberkeley.org.

Parish Ministry

First Pres is in your neighborhood! Parishes are communities throughout the Bay Area defined by ZIP code. Through gatherings, service opportunities, and regular communication, our parishes help us become better acquainted and strengthen connections with our First Pres neighbors. In partnership with the pastoral care team, Parish Ministry also provides prayer support and helps meet tangible needs. Find out which Parish you are in by contacting caring@fpcberkeley.org.

Home and Hospital Visits

If you are sick or homebound, our Deacons are available to come pray with you, offer communion, and listen to your concerns. Deacons are ordained servant-leaders of the church who serve as the hands and feet of our Caring Ministries. For more information, contact David Wagner.

Berkeley Christian Counselors

Berkeley Christian Counselors (BCC) is a fee-for-service counseling center located on the First Pres campus that provides evidenced-based professional counseling services throughout California. BCC provides a confidential and nonjudgmental space for all persons to process life, build skills, and resolve harms. Our diverse counselors share a strong personal commitment to their Christian faith and strive to integrate their counseling skills with a Christian foundation. BCC offers in-person and teletherapy appointments, superbills for insurance reimbursement, and need-based scholarships. For more information, visit berkeleychristiancounselors.org.

Christian Parents of LGBTQI+ Kids Group

If you’re a parent or grandparent on this journey, we are here to walk alongside you. We come from near and far, represent varied faith expressions, and share “I get it” belonging in community. Our group represents “kids” of all ages who reflect a variety of experiences. For more information, contact David Wagner.

Divorce Care Ministry (DCM)

Having received the non-judgmental love and comfort of God in the midst of our brokenness, Divorce Care Ministry provides a safe place for the Holy Spirit to bring healing to all who are working through the end of a long-term relationship. For more information, email dcm@fpcberkeley.org.