Welcome - General Info

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    Welcome! We are glad you found First Family Church online.  We are a community of believers desiring to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19) in the east bay area of California. We seek to worship God and give Him all glory through singing, hearing His Word preached, loving Him and loving one another.

    We invite you to spend some time getting to know us, browsing this website or even dropping in for a visit during the week or during one of our Sunday services. We hope that you'll come away from this site encouraged to join us at First Family Church this Sunday for a worship service. Below, you will find some brief information that will let you know what to expect on a typical Sunday morning - 

    What is the meaning of your name?
    We are called First Family Church because Scripture uses familial language to describe the people of God (1 Cor 1:2, Gal 1:2, 1 Thess 1:4, Rev 21:9) and because we are a Baptist church.  A church isn't really a building, but the church often meets in a building! A church is simply a group of people who are Christians and who agree to worship God together.  It is a family that is made up of other families even. Baptists believe in baptism after a person makes a profession of faith in Jesus, after being transformed (given spiritual life) by God. Baptists also believe in religious freedom and the autonomy (meaning we are self governed within Scriptural guidelines) of the local church. There are hundreds of Baptist denominations as well as many independent Baptist churches. We are associated with the Southern Baptist Convention, which is the largest Protestant denomination in America. See our Statement of Belief  page to read the SBC's Baptist Faith and Message.

    How long has the church been around?
    Visit the "Our History Page" to for a summary on this.

    What do you do on Sundays?
    On Sunday mornings, we have two identical (as much as it is possible) worship services at 9 a.m. and then at 11 a.m.  During the worship services, we have classes for all ages (infant - 5th grade: both services | middle school: 1st service | high school & adult class: 2nd service).  

    We also have small groups, called Focus Groups, that meet in homes or at the church during the week. Once every other month we observe the Lord's Table (take communion) together to commemorate our Lord's death and the other month, we have a reflection service (where extra time is given to intercessory prayer during the singing portion of the service). This usually happens on the first Sunday of each month.

    What are services like?
    The morning service is rather simple. We begin with a couple of songs followed by prayer, a few announcements and a time to greet others that are there. We then sing three or four songs (we sing both traditional hymns in contemporary arrangements and newer worship songs), take the offering (financial giving to ministry is part of worship), hear the Word of God (the Bible) preached, and then sing some more. Our music is vibrant, up to date, and theologically sound. The sermons are exegetical (they draw the meaning out of the text rather than read our own opinions into the text)  and expository (they explain portions of the Bible) and apply those truths to our lives.  

    What do you offer kids?
    We love kids at First Family! There are Sunday school classes for different age groups from infants to high school during both services and we encourage them to participate in corporate worship also. Being that we have two identical services, we encourage that children sit with their families in church during one service and then attend a Sunday School class in the other service. All our childcare workers have been screened through a background check. Follow the links for more information about student and children ministries

    What do I need to wear?
    We have no dress code at First Family. We have men who wear coats and ties and woman who wear dresses, and also people who come in jeans and t-shirts. Wear whatever you feel is appropriate.