Holy Week at First Pres

Whether you are excited to hear the Easter story or are not sure what to make of it, whether you’re comfortable in church or can barely imagine yourself in the pews, whether you come with more questions than answers—you are welcome at First Pres.

Worship with Us This Holy Week

So often we turn to God for answers, but if we look at Jesus’ example in the Gospels, we see that he was far more interested in asking questions. Inspired by his relentless curiosity, we will explore some of the most provocative questions that the Son of God posed to those he encountered. (Read more about the Lent sermon series.)

Maundy Thursday

Thursday, March 28, Dinner @ 6 pm, Worship @ 6:30 pm
Join us for a family-friendly dinner and time of intergenerational worship as we remember Christ’s example of service.

Good Friday

Friday, March 29, 7 pm
A service of shadows featuring Théodore Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ, performed by the First Pres Choir. Childcare is offered for children from infants–PreK, and there is a special Children’s Service for K–4th grade.

Easter

Easter Sunday

Sunday, March 31, 9 & 11 am
Celebrate Easter at First Pres with the joyous sounds of congregational singing and brass! Childcare is offered for infants–PreK; K–4th graders join their families in the Sanctuary.

Serve With Us This Lent

There are many ways to serve at First Pres during Lent! Let’s follow Jesus’ example of serving others.

Lenten Offering

Lenten Offering

Every year, the Outreach Committee identifies an organization to receive a special offering taken during Lent and on Palm Sunday. This year’s recipient is Doctors Without Borders, in honor of their work in Gaza. Select Lenten Offering when giving online or write Lenten Offering on your envelope or check.

Lenten Hospitality

Lenten Hospitality

Help set the table this Lent! Be a part of the teams that will make our church a welcoming and inviting place. With the gift of your presence, you extend the opportunity for connection and belonging for all who come through our doors.

Project Peace

Day of Service

Saturday, March 16, 9 am–noon
Let’s love concretely and serve generously by rolling up our sleeves and working together in our community! Join us for a Saturday morning to support East Bay nonprofits and make a difference.

Engage with Us this Lent

We hope you’ll join us in getting to know Jesus and the First Pres community a little better. For a listing of upcoming events, visit the Event Calendar.

Easter Eggstravaganza

Eggstravaganza

Saturday, March 23, 11 am–1 pm
Don’t miss this epic event featuring an egg hunt, field games, a bounce house, face painting, and a delicious family-friendly brunch, all FREE OF CHARGE! Invite your friends, family, and neighbors to join us for a day of community-building and fun.

Easter Eggstravaganza

Hymn Festival & Ice Cream Social

Sunday, March 24, 2 pm
Come for a special time of community singing with special hymn arrangements sung by the First Pres Choir. There will be time for you to pick your favorite hymns. We’ll enjoy ice cream together afterwards! Free admission.

Lent // Listen // Lunch

Lent // Listen // Lunch

Thursdays, February 22–March 21, 11:30 am–1 pm
Come for a mid-week organ meditation followed by a Bible study on Questions Jesus Asked. Various musicians will play our beloved Ruffatti organ, and the preaching pastor will lead a discussion on the upcoming passage and question of the week. Bring your Bible, questions, lunch, and maybe even a friend.

Parish Community Groups

Parish Community Groups

February 18–March 30
We invite you to join a six-week Community Group for conversation, story sharing, and connection with others in your neighborhood. We’ll make and deepen friendships, encourage each other in the Lenten journey, and wrestle with Questions Jesus Asked.