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African-American Presbyterians?

Feb 2008

Hi - I'm looking for a Presbyterian Church with an ethnically diverse congregation and lots of kids (Toddlers on up). I'm specifically hoping for a church with an African-American presence. Good singing is a major plus! Thanks!

Our church (First Presbyterian in Berkeley) has a fairly diverse congregation with African American representation (although I will admit the largest percentage is White & Asian). We have lots of kids and really terrific kids programs from the nursery up to Cal students. We have different services with ''traditional'' and ''contemporary'' music, depending on what you are looking for. Right now, the traditional services are at 9 am and 10:45 am, with the contemporary at 5:05 pm. Starting Easter Sunday, we're adding another service and will have traditional music at 8:30 & 10:00 am with contemporary music at 11:27 am & 5:05 pm. We'd love to have you visit our church and become a part of our family. I really do feel it's a special, vibrant place. We're at Dana and Channing in Berkeley and you can check out our website at First Pres Family
I have to recommend First Presbyterian Church of Oakland. It the the most diverse Presbyterian congregation that I've encountered. It is an urban church, that draws people from Oakland, Berkeley, and even from the suburbs (where churches are less diverse). The music is excellent. The organ is magnificent to see and hear. There is a small group of children, but we are trying to grow that number. The toddler room and nursery have just been remodeled. Right now, we are having small group discussions about race issues. The website is suzie
Check out High Street Presbyterian Church in Oakland. Julia

High Street Presbyterian Church

Feb 2008

Re: African-American Presbyterians?
Check out High Street Presbyterian Church in Oakland. Julia

Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church

Re: Support for family during divorce
Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church (commonly called LOPC) has an extensive array of offerings for single people. In particular, it has a "transition support group" which is often attended by people who are dealing with some aspect of divorce. Although it has been many years since I attended it, I've heard more recently that it's an excellent source of help and information. I also can highly recommend the Single Parent Support Group which was mentioned by someone in a recent publication of our list. There are two trained facilitators and they are excellent. (They're not always both there.) The group is a good place to get feedback on parenting issues and to learn from other people's experiences. There's a small fee (two or three dollars) for each meeting. (For people who might be church-shy, this is not a religious group. As in all groups, you will find people of various belief systems, including traditional and non-traditional ones.) (Oct 1996)

Northminister Presbyterian

Re: Inclusive & Friendly Church (March 2003)
Try Northminster Prebyterian Church on Ashbury across from El Cerrito High. Service is at 11:00 on Sunday and there is childcare available. We are a small inclusive community. We are currently seeking a new pastor and have had quite a bit of turnover since a long time pastor left over two years ago. Yet the community remains strong, good sermons, a commitment to social justice issues, and to care of our community. We don't have too many kids right now but are hopeful that will change.
Oct 2002

Re: Seeking diverse place of worship
If you are looking for a diverse, welcoming, liberal place of worship, I can strongly recommend Northminister Presbyterian Church in El Cerrito. We are a small but growing congregation that includes gay and lesbian families, mixed race families, single parent families, adoptive families, singles, older folks and members of nearly all races. I have loved being a member these last five years. (I am in a mixed faith family) The church service is 11 on Sundays (with adult school at 10:00 and sunday school for kids part way through service.) The church number is 524-4401 or feel free to email me with any questions. Kathy

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