Adult Classes & Educational Opportunities

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Support Groups & Classes

There are many opportunities for adult education and growth at First Pres. Listed below are current classes and events; for more information, please contact Janet Sanders, Assistant Director for Christian Formation, at (510) 848-6252 ext. 267 or janets@fpcberkeley.org.


As for Me and My Household...Building Families of Faith

A Mini-Retreat for Parents of Young Children

Sundays are just the beginning of a week of worshipping!  As parents, we have the extraordinary opportunity to extend the practice of worship and knowing God more deeply in our household sanctuary every day of the week. Yet where do we begin? Parents of young children (birth—5th grade) are invited to explore age-appropriate practices and sacred traditions families can observe and celebrate that form and shape us as families of faith. Lily Stearns, Executive Director of Berkeley Christian Counselors, leads our mini-retreat, sharing from her experience as a parent, therapist, and pastor.

Dates and Times: Saturday, September 28, 9 am–1 pm
Location: G202, Geneva Hall
Facilitator: Lily Stearns, PhD, MA, MDiv
Fee: $20 per person, includes lunch.
Registration: Register by September 23.

Childcare is provided for children birth-5th, at no charge, by reservation only; contact Rosemarie Eichner-Raja at rosemariee@fpcberkeley.org by Friday, September 20. For more information, contact BCC at info@berkeleychristiancounselors.org or 510-548-5858.



Learn to Read the New Testament in Greek

First Pres members Chris Corwin, Visiting Professor of Biblical Studies at New College Berkeley, and Mike Stewart are offering an introduction to New Testament Greek class.This opportunity, often only found in a university or seminary setting, is a gentle introduction to New Testament Greek. The class features traditional deductive grammar and reading the Epistle of 1 John in Greek. Participants will likely spend 2-3 hours of study weekly outside of class. No previous experience is necessary.

Dates and Times:  Thursdays, September 26–May 28, 7-9 pm
Location: G205, 2nd Floor Geneva Hall
Instructors: Chris Corwin, PhD, Mike Stewart
Fee: No charge for course, textbook (TBD) will need to be purchased.
More Information: Please contact Chris Corwin for more information and to register by September 23, at corwincemn@msn.com.


Beginning Biblical Hebrew | Sponsored by New College Berkeley

This course is designed to enable participants to begin reading the Hebrew Scriptures in Hebrew and to continue developing greater expertise in biblical Hebrew.  No previous experience with biblical Hebrew is necessary. This course focuses on the development of several sets of skills: pronunciation of the Hebrew script, a simple understanding of the phonology, weekly increase in vocabulary, complete mastery of certain aspects of the grammar system, and exposure to other aspects of the grammar. The course includes approximately two hours of weekly homework.  

Dates and Times:  Tuesday, September 17–May 30, 7-9 pm
Location: G207, 2nd Floor Geneva Hall
Instructors: Chris Corwin, PhD, Visiting Professor of Biblical Studies at New College Berkeley
Fee: No charge for course, textbooks require purchase (see below)
More Information: Please contact Chris Corwin for more information and to register by September 15, at corwincemn@msn.com.

The course requires a standard textbook and workbook (approx. cost $60):
  • Pratico and Van Pelt. Basics of Biblical Hebrew: Grammar, Zondervan. (edition TBD)
  • Pratico and Van Pelt. Basics of Biblical Hebrew: Workbook, Zondervan (edition TBD).