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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