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 been steadily growing, and we now hold services at Washington Elementary in Berkeley.
Important Note: Washington Elementary is now our long-term Sunday service site. There will be no services on August 20th or 27th, due to our Haven Retreat and our End-of-Summer Break. Our Sunday services will return September 3rd, 2017.
When: Sundays, 10:30 am - 11:45 am
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 some weeks 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. Parents may check in children beginning at 10:15 and pick them up by noon. Haven Kids is open to children age one and up. At Haven Kids, children will experience musical worship, an age-appropriate, interactive story, crafts, a snack, and time for free play. Haven Kids is staffed by a combination of parent volunteers and paid childcare workers.