What We do
Looking to make some friends through First Church? Here are some of the ways that we live out our mission to “nurture ourselves and others in love and spiritual growth.”
We worship every second and fourth Sunday evening at 5 pm. When worship concludes at 6, we will often welcome a Guest Speaker to talk about a local organization or justice issue. We then share a hearty meal and conversation that can last well into the evening.
Coffee Hour with Nate.
On the third Wednesday of each month, we meet at First Church to share about our lives and consider a discussion topic. Feel free to drop in anytime from 11 am – 12:15 pm.
Good Hope Luncheons.
Good Hope is one of the longest-running groups at First Church. We gather monthly at First Church or a local restaurant.
Once or twice a month, we meet as a group to pray for our friends and for our world.
Our Mission Statement calls us…
- To love God with our whole being.
- To nurture ourselves and others in spiritual growth.
- To live God’s love in service to the community and the world.
We believe that God is doing a new thing at First Church, and our worship reflects that.
We worship at 5 pm, every 2nd and 4th Sunday evening. Our sanctuary is connected to our office space, and you enter simply by walking through our front door.
Kids are very welcome in worship. We also have a special “Children’s Corner,” with activities set aside for them.
In our informal setting, worship feels relaxed but deeply spiritual. Our people come from a variety of religious backgrounds, and we strive to reflect that diversity.
We include beloved hymns, as well as more contemporary songs. Our pastor’s reflections use stories to make Scripture come alive. We celebrate Holy Communion each time we worship, and all are welcome at our table. Our worship lasts about an hour. At the end of worship, we often welcome a Guest Speaker to share about a local nonprofit organization or social justice issue.
After we worship, we eat! Community dinners are delicious, and always have a vegetarian option. They’re a great time for conversation with new friends. Everyone’s encouraged to stick around.
First Church carries out its mission to “live God’s love in service” in a variety of ways.
We’re currently introducing new opportunities for hands-on volunteering. Groups are connecting with LifeMoves Family Shelter, Catherine Center, and There With Care in the coming months.
Hillcrest Juvenile Hall
For over fifty years, a group from First Church has been visiting the boys who spend time at Hillcrest Juvenile Hall, also known as the San Mateo County Juvenile Detention Center.
We work hard at getting to know these boys, hearing about their challenges and joys, and talking with them about God. We also donate Bibles and birthday gifts.
Casa de Redwood
Casa de Redwood is a seven-story structure providing low-income housing to seniors in Redwood City. First Church’s sponsorship was instrumental to Casa being built in 1972. Since then, we have maintained a close connection to Casa, offering regular worship services to its residents and helping to staff its board.
Did you know that the word disciple means “learner”? At First Church, we live out our mission to “love God with our whole being” by exploring all sorts of ideas.
Movies that matter
Every few months, we show contemporary and relevant films (such as “Hidden Figures” and “Being Mortal”) on our HD screen. We invite friends from the community, enjoy snacks or pizza, and have an informal discussion afterwards.
Soul Sparks series
Led by the Pastor, this series is part Bible study and part discussion of current events. We look at themes such as “Life-changing conversations,” and “Who we are: learning from our Protestant heritage.”
At the end of worship, we often welcome a Guest Speaker to share about a local nonprofit organization or social justice issue.
We love kids at First Church! During worship, we set up a special “Children’s Corner,” with games, activities, and Bible lessons, in a room next to our sanctuary. Some children prefer to hang out there, while some children prefer to remain in worship with their parents. Our flexible space allows families to figure out what’s best for them.