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Integrity of Creation Weekend

Integrity of Creation Weekend

Intergenerational worship service and beach clean-up.

Easter & Holy Week Pics!

Easter & Holy Week Pics!

Embracing life, fearless and free!

April Communion Offering: Planting Justice

April Communion Offering: Planting Justice

Empowering people impacted by mass incarceration and other social inequities.

Holy Week & Easter 2024

Holy Week & Easter 2024

Rise again in "newness of life."

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Justice + Outreach

Led by our Justice Outreach Ministry Team, we have a strong tradition of service in support of the concrete needs of the Alameda community, as well as advocating for social justice locally and nationally. Our faith teaches us to embody love in these ways. This is how we care for each other and the world.

DINE & CONNECT

Our church serves as a monthly host for Dine & Connect, a dinner program for unhoused and other at-risk people in our community.

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MIDWAY SHELTER

Church members provide monthly dinners for the Alameda Midway Shelter for women and children.

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ACCOMPANIMENT TEAM

Our church has partnered with Shelter in Peace and other organizations to “walk” with immigrant families to assist them in establishing their lives in Alameda. Learn more.

SUPPLY DRIVES

We hold periodic drives to collect donations of school supplies and personal care items for local organizations that serve people in need.

COMMUNION OFFERINGS
We commit to using our resources for justice. Through our monthly Communion Offerings, we build a more just community and world.

Recent examples:
Bread for the World (hunger)
Jubilee USA (third world debt)
National Farm Workers Ministry (labor practices)
Church World Service (emergency response)
Planting Justice (local job training and reentry)
East Bay Housing Organizations (affordable housing)
Shelter in Peace (refugee housing)
COMMUNITY SPACE

Our buildings are part of our ministry. We open our space for reduced rent to community groups, and our school building houses The Phillips Academy, a school serving teens with special needs.

"If God has given me a gift, a talent, or the ability to help someone in need, then why wouldn't I? I believe this is what we are here for."

- Dories Arias

Faith Formation

We are always being shaped by the world around us. Every aspect of our lives influences who we become and how we live out our values and beliefs. Faith Formation at FCCA empowers us to discover how our faith can be part of what forms us. Then we can be intentional about becoming the people we want to be, and creating a world where all of us can flourish.

Adults

We believe that our faith lives are dynamic, always growing and changing, so we seek to create opportunities to ask questions, explore new ideas and perspectives, and share spiritual practices that nourish and sustain us.

FOUNDATIONAL PRACTICE: SMALL GROUPS

A space of connection for anyone aged 18+. Through prayer, discussion, and creative expression we come together to nourish our spirits, deepen our understanding, and discover how we can engage more meaningfully in practices of love and justice.

STORYTELLING AND LISTENING CIRCLES
ABOLITION ADVENT PRAYER AND DISCUSSION

During Advent 2022 we prayed with and explored a daily Abolition Advent Calendar as a spiritual practice. The daily offerings included art, scripture, and action steps to guide us in creating a world where all of God’s creation can flourish.

LECTIO DIVINA PRAYER AND MOVEMENT

Youth

We believe church can be a place that empowers youth, as beloved children of God, to ask questions about God and life, explore who we are in the world, and collectively imagine and work towards possibilities for creating a more loving and just future for all.

FOUNDATIONAL PRACTICE: SUNDAY AFTERNOON YOUTH GROUP

An intentional community space for youth 6th grade through 12th grade. Through conversation and discovery, fun and service, we build community, explore what is meaningful in our lives, and practice how to be engaged and compassionate people in the world.

RELAY FOR LIFE
GAME AND MOVIE NIGHTS
LGBTQIA+ PRIDE FAIR

Children

We believe in nurturing a sense of wonder and creativity within children so that we can connect to God in every aspect of our lives and develop a capacity for curiosity that will sustain us and empower us to grow.

FOUNDATIONAL PRACTICE: SUNDAY MORNING CHILDREN'S CHURCH

A sacred community space for children 3 years old through the fifth grade. Through movement, prayer, art, ritual, play, story, music and service, we build community, connect to God, and practice how to be loving, kind, just people in the world.

ALL AGES PICK-UP CHRISTMAS PAGEANT

In a pick-up pageant we all gather to collectively unfold the sacred story of Jesus’ birth. In preparation, we spent time imagining the different Christmas story characters and who we felt called to be this year.

FAMILY BEACH CLEAN-UPS

Our Earth Day weekend beach clean-ups bring together participants as young as 4 and others in their late 70s to steward our earth locally.

FAMILY MEET-UPS IN THE PARK

“There's something wonderful about being part of a community that you have chosen... surrounded by people that love and support you. That's what we have here, and what we offer our youth and children.”

- Lauren Leinweber

Care + Prayer

Our pastors are available for spiritual nourishment, prayer, and support, and welcome inquiries about the church or progressive Christianity.

In a world where we are increasingly separated from each other, FCCA is a place that nurtures togetherness through care for one another. Our Congregational Care Team keeps us connected and whole through a variety of care-giving, from hospital visits to handwritten notes, while our Circle of Prayer prays regularly for the concerns and joys of our community and its friends. Make a prayer request.

The Good News Ministry Fund is intended to serve the concrete needs of people in the Alameda community. Church members or regular visitors may submit an application on behalf of someone in need. Requests are considered for any need that is not readily served by existing social service agencies in our area. Examples include material needs such as school supplies or medical expenses not covered by insurance, or other goals such as family counseling. The Good News Ministry is a concrete expression of FCCA’s promise that “all members of this church are ministers.”

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