GENERAL INFORMATION 

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 in worshiping Him through the means of grace which He instuted (singing, preaching, prayer, observing the holy ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Table), 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 of the local church (meaning we are self governed within Scriptural guidelines). 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.

What are the services like?


The morning service is rather simple. We begin with a couple of songs followed by a pastoral prayer, a few announcements and a time to greet others that are there.


We then sing together some more (we sing both traditional hymns in contemporary arrangements, and newer worship songs), pray over and take the offering (financial giving to ministry is part of worship), hear the Word of God (the Bible) preached, and then pray, and sing together one more time. The whole service lasts 1.5 hours and the preaching of God's Word is givin priority - taking the bulk of the time.


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 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/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 and sometimes on Sundays. On the first Sunday of the month, we observe the Lord's Table (take communion) together to commemorate our Lord's death and be reminded through this ordinance of the covenant promises that God is faithful in.  


How long has the church been around?


Visit the "Our History Page" to for a summary on this.

What do you offer kids?


We love kids at First Family! There are Sunday school classes for different age groups from infants to 5th grade during both services, and also Middle-High School classes during the 2nd service. We are happy to have children of ALL ages in the worship service. They don't distract us and we praise God for every little one. Therefore we encourage them to participate in corporate worship with their families. Being that we have two identical services, we encourage that children sit with their families in church during one service (no child is too young for this!)  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. (shorts in those hot summer months - which is basically 9 months of the year here in CA) and t-shirts. Wear whatever you feel is appropriate.