St. John's Presbyterian Church of Berkeley

All who love God: Join us to spread God’s vision of love, peace & justice. Berkeley, CA
St. John's Presbyterian Church of Berkeley
St. John's Presbyterian Church of Berkeley
St. John's Presbyterian Church of Berkeley
St. John's Presbyterian Church of Berkeley
St. John's Presbyterian Church of Berkeley
St. John's Presbyterian Church of Berkeley
St. John's Presbyterian Church of Berkeley
St. John's Presbyterian Church of Berkeley

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2727 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705

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Who We Are

Join us for worship each Sunday morning at 10 am. Reflecting the unique community in which God has placed us, we are a multi-generational gathering of believers, who seek to know and love God as we pursue God’s vision of peace and justice in our community and the world. We welcome your participation in worship, ministries, programs and mission.

About Us

Vibe
Casual, Traditional Liturgy, Creative, Friendly, Progressive, Gay affirming, Inclusive, Multigenerational

Programs
Community Service, Social Justice, Faith and Work, Addiction/Recovery, Children's Ministry, Young Adults, Youth Group, Choir, Missions, Nursery, Adult Education, Food Pantry, School, Seniors Ministry

Music
Traditional Hymns, Gospel Choir, Contemporary, Organ, Jazz, Indie, A capella, Psalms a capella, Praise and Worship

Denomination
Presbyterian (PCUSA)

Size
Small

Language
English

Founded
1907

Our Services

What are services like?
When you arrive… We’ll be there to greet you. As you approach the Sanctuary, an usher will offer you the morning’s bulletin with the order of our service, and will assist you in finding a seat. There is no reserved seating, so try sitting in different spots each time you attend for a different worship experience. In the narthex, the Sanctuary’s lobby area, there are large print copies of the hymns for those who would like them. We have headsets for hearing-impaired; an usher will provide you with one if you need one. Each Sunday, we announce upcoming news important to our church family before the Call to Worship, wherein we prepare our hearts for worship. Other elements of the service include the Passing of the Peace, a time where we are reminded of the grace and peace given to us by God by saying, “The peace of Christ be with you,” and responding with “and also with you.”, and the Prayers of the People, when worshipers share joys and concerns, observing personal and world needs. Music for Sunday mornings may include songs from the Presbyterian Hymnal, choral music, Southern spirituals, and original compositions. At St. John’s, we believe many forms of music enhance our worship time. Congregational music is accompanied by piano, the Brombaugh pipe organ, the St. John’s Chancel Choir, the Bell Choir, a chamber ensemble, a dixieland band or guest musicians. Communion is observed on the first Sunday of each month and all invited to participate. Each Sunday, the “Simple Gospel” sermon gives our children a special time of their own within the service. If you have children, they are invited to come forward to participate. Following the Simple Gospel, the children and youth attend classes to learn more about God, how to be leaders in the faith and what it means to be a Christian in today’s changing world. Nursery Care, for infants and toddlers, is available in the Ark Room during worship. Following worship is our Coffee Fellowship, a wonderful time to get hydrated, nourished and to share our lives with one another. The Sunday Forum, St. John’s Adult Education Forum, begins at 11:40 a.m. in the Fireside Room. The Forum addresses local, national and international issues that affect our community. Issues of the Sermons are available on the brochure stand, located in the Narthex, just outside the Sanctuary and on our website, Sermons. Every Sunday, we also collect nonperishable food for the homeless to stock our food closet. Please see an usher, pastor or church member if you have food to donate.

What is the community like?
St. John’s addresses local, national, and international concerns. Through God’s guidance, the prompting of the Holy Spirit and the example of Jesus Christ, we at St. John’s feel called to serve God locally, nationally and internationally. We are also a church that takes positions of leadership in issues relating to peace and justice issues, the More Light movement for gay and lesbian Christians, and programs for the homeless. St. John’s is a true presence in Berkeley, socially, educationally, artistically, and spiritually committed to our community. More than three dozen community groups use our facilities, in addition to regular church activities, virtually making St. John’s an all day, everyday operation.

What if I'm not a Christian?
12 “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.” 13 “For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.” – 1 Corinthians 12:12 Come as you are. You are welcome.

Leadership View all

Max Lynn
Pastor

I am so pleased you are checking out St. John’s. We are a vibrant, healthy congregation blessed by God, cleansed by the grace of Christ, and empowered by the Spirit to love and work for peace and justice in the world. I joined St. John’s as their Pastor in 2003 and have enjoyed the opportunity to serve in Berkeley, a unique and exciting place on the edge of the Pacific. I was born in Claremont California, way back in '63. I was four when Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and it came on the news. I had never seen my mother cry at the TV, but she did that day. My father told me that King was a Christian Preacher, and they played a clip from King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. I was inspired as never before. Later, I went to a Lutheran High school and spent a good deal of time harassing the religion class instructors. After high school, I attended San Diego State with a scholarship for Pole Vaulting on the track team. It was in San Diego that I fell in love with surfing and was inspired by a couple of professors to join the Peace Corps. I was assigned to be a Community Health Volunteer down on the Rio Dulce in Guatemala, where I taught Health and Hygiene and helped put in a few wells and latrines. While working at an orphanage, I fell in love with Feliciana, a fellow employee who had a captivating smile and a deeply warm spirit. Feliciana and I were married and then we moved to San Anselmo, CA so that I could attend San Francisco Theological Seminary. After our first son, Nicholas, was born (’93), and after receiving my MDiv in 1994, I took a job as Pastor at a bilingual, multicultural church in Houston, San Pablo Trinity. There I learned how to preach in both English and Spanish at the same time. I spent some time serving on the Racial Ethnic Committee for New Covenant Presbytery. Kevin, our second son, was born in ’95. In 1998, I took a job as Associate Pastor for Christian Ed and Contemporary Worship at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Salinas, California. We had a great time raising our little boys there in the Church and in and around the gorgeous Salinas Valley and Monterey Bay. It was a joy to unite with St. John’s which has such a rich tradition of social Justice and just a gorgeous sanctuary in which to worship God. I hope you come join us, to discern and experience the Spirit move through your life and let us become a part of your biography. May God bless and Keep you, – Pastor Max Lynn

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