1140 Cowper St Palo Alto CA 94301 Sundays at 8:30am and 10:30am

Small Group Ministries

We have a number of groups that gather due to a shared interest or passion.  Through these groups, we share our lives and carry out the church’s mission.  If you are interested in a group listed below, please contact the group leader (the church office can provide their contact information, if needed).

Cool Planet Working Group

First Pres is an Earth Care Congregation, committed to environmental justice and action. Cool Planet works on education, sustainability, and advocacy projects.

Leader: Shirley Eglington
Meeting time: First Sunday of the month, 11:45AM
Location: Church Lounge (Church Map)



Faith Issues in Film

Watch chosen films at home, then meet to discuss issues raised about faith, ethics, and social justice.  Click here to find out more about upcoming meetings, and click here for reviews of films we’ve already discussed.

Leaders: Ellen Forbes, Jeff Grinnell, & Shirley Eglington
Meeting time: 3rd Tuesday of the month, 7:15-9:15PM
Location: a member’s home


Young(er) Adults Group

A group of young professionals and college/graduate students that meets twice a month. At the first meeting a young adult hosts and leads a fellowship meal based in scripture and theological discourse. The second meeting is reserved for “God in the Bay” outings, which intentionally explore God’s presence in the Bay Area through trips to various sites and institutions.

Leaders:  Alyson Melzer, Caroline Lebar, Annanda Barclay
Meeting times and locations vary; for the current schedule, see Young Adults Group


Parenting Youth and Young Adults Covenant Group


Families exploring how to raise youth and young adults in healthy, expanding, and spiritual ways.

Leader: Nancy Patterson
Meeting time: Once a month on a Sunday, 5:00-7:00PM
Location: Church Lounge (Church Map)




Caring for Aging Parents (CAP) Group

A support group for anyone who is caring for an aging parent or loved one, either locally or from a distance. New folks are always welcome.  Come once or as often as needed. Examples of issues and concerns that are often discussed include:

–  How do I stop my 92-year-old mom from driving?
–  My parents can’t take care of themselves very well and refuse to move out of their home of 50 years.
–  My dad lives alone in New York and I’m not sure how to help him.
–  Now that both of my parents are gone, I’m struggling with figuring out what to do with their stuff!

Contact: Annanda Barclay
Meeting time: Sundays, 8:30-9:30 am, dates TBD
Location: Pastoral Conference Room


Base Christian Community

An early morning book discussion group.

Leader: Jim Hewlett
Meeting time: Wednesdays, 8:00-9:30AM
Location: a member’s home