Haven Berkeley is currently a start-up faith community. We began in the fall of 2014 as a "house church", meeting in Pastor Leah Martens' home for times of group worship, followed by dinner. However, in the time since we have out grown the house, and we now hold 2 services a month at Washington Elementary in Berkeley. Learn more about other regular opportunities throughout the month to connect here.
When: 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, 10:30 am - 12 pm
Where: Washington Elementary School
2300 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Berkeley (MLK and Bancroft)
Washington School is less than a 10 minute walk from Downtown Berkeley BART. Parking available on site. Lot is located on McKinley, south of Bancroft. Follow the Haven signs.
What to Expect: Casual dress. We're a very come-as-you-are crew. Free coffee or tea and bagels. (Because morning.) You are welcome to help yourself when you arrive and bring them with you into the service.
The service itself includes a spiritual-but-practical teaching, and each week there is room for discussion for those who want to participate. All this is followed by "responsive worship", in which folks are welcome to join in and sing to live musical worship, sit back and listen, receive prayer from a member of our prayer team, or interact with our three Sacred Stations: candle lighting, communion, and the giving station. You can take it at your own pace, and interact in whatever way helps you connect with God and make meaning of the day.
For the Kids: Haven Kids meets in a dedicated classroom during our Sunday service and is for children ages 3-10. Children begin the service with the adults and then are dismissed to begin Haven kids before the morning teachings. Later, children are brought by their teachers back into the service during the last few minutes of musical worship, around 11:50. Haven Kids uses Godly Play, a Montessori-based children's church curriculum of storytelling and reflection and is staffed by a combination of parent volunteers and paid childcare workers.
Haven Youth: Haven Youth meets in a dedicated classroom during Sunday services. It is for children 10 and older. The tweens begin the service with the adults, and are dismissed after worship. They are accompanied by the youth teacher to their room where they study the Bible, do arts and crafts, and engage in community building. They return with their teacher to the main service near the end of the service. Haven Youth does Bible study, following the lectionary used by Godly Play. Parents of tweens are encouraged to volunteer!