Community Groups

Community Groups

Community Groups at First Pres are at the heart of our life together. We are deeply committed to this unique expression of life together—we believe community is God’s provision for our flourishing. These places and spaces are where friendships take root and bonds are formed through shared stories and discussion.

If you are new to our First Pres community, or have even been here for a while, and are looking for a pathway to experience deeper connections, a great way to begin the journey is through in a six-week Community Group (CG) during Lent.  Community Groups, typically six to twelve adults, meet on various days and times during the week in the home of a group member or on the First Pres campus.

Lenten Community Groups at First Pres

This Lenten season, you are invited to dwell more deeply with the story of The Return of the Prodigal Son. Throughout the six weeks of Lent, we'll gather in Community Groups to discuss the Questions for Reflection as well as selections from Henri Nouwen's beloved work, The Return of the Prodigal Son (while we no longer have books available, it is available on Amazon or

Dates & Times: March 10–April 19, 2019, various days, times, and locations

Register: Use our online Community Groups Directory to search for a group.

More information: Please contact Janet Sanders, Assistant Director for Christian Formation, at or (510) 280-6167.

Community Group Questions for Reflection

Questions for Reflection, for both individual use and group discussion, are available to download the Friday prior to each Sunday's message. Both the current week's reflection questions and those from prior weeks will be included. Click here for this week's Questions for Reflection.

Practicing Radical Welcome | Serving In Community

During this Lenten season, we are invited—and challenged— to practice radical welcome.


Come and serve on our welcoming teams for Palm Sunday Concert and Reception, Maundy Thursday Dinner and Service, Good Friday Tenebrae Service, and Easter Services.

Click here for complete details and to sign up to serve!



Join us this Lent as our annual Neighborhood picnics shifts for an opportunity for each of us to engage our literal neighbors. For more information and ideas, visit our Neighborhood Picnics page .



During Lent, Community Groups are invited to provide Caring Packages for our neighbors in need who are cared for through our Street Meal Ministry. The Street Meal team will collect the packages and then distribute them during their twice monthly dinners.

Each Caring Package should contain these essentials: socks, soap, travel-size shampoo and lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste. Optional items:T-shirt, gloves, hand warmers, note of encouragement

Place all these in a Ziplock bag and deliver to the Reception Desk in the First Pres Lobby. There will be a designated collection box. For questions contact Marie Corwin at


Community Group Resources

Our Community Groups team is excited to support and resource all of our Community Groups. Here are some ways we can help: 

  • Keep you informed of upcoming equipping events where we cover such topics as insights from upcoming sermon series upon which our discussions are based, honing facilitation skills, having difficult conversations, using our online CG Directory and more…
  • Resource missional/service opportunities for your CG
  • Connect your CG leaders with a CG Coach for support and encouragement
  • Thinking of starting a Community Group or adding more members to your existing group? We can help with that too!

For more information about Community Group resources and support, contact Michelle Vecchio-Lyzenga, Director for Community Life, at or (510) 280-6120 or Janet Sanders, Assistant Director for Christian Formation at or (510) 280-6167.