625 Hamilton Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Welcome! Whether you are visiting the Silicon Valley, or are looking for a new church home, we welcome you to First Church!
Join us for worship at 8:45 and 10:45 am. Pastor Linda Holbrook will preach at both services.
Our 10:45 am classic worship service is celebrated in the Sanctuary.
Can't make it to Church? Watch the live worship webcast. Join us online Sunday morning at 10:45 am.
Questions? - If you would like to learn more about First Church please contact one of our Co-Pastors.
At First Church we focus on the vision of...
• The Children in our Midst
• The Mission at our Doorstep
Always calling on the One who redeems us to create here...
• A Place of Hospitality and Grace
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Our classic worship service starts at 10:45 AM on Sunday morning and is held in the Sanctuary.
Our Upstream service is at 8:45 am on Sunday mornings in the Chapel.
Our Young Adult worship service, 3RD S3SSION, is at 9:00 pm on third Thursday of every month in the Wesley Room.
However, if you are running late, don't stay away because of that. You are always welcome at any time.
You can also watch our 10:45 sermon online. Just go to www.firstpaloalto.com/live
The printed Order of Worship will guide you as to will be happening in that particular service. It also indicates when, if you are able, you are requested to stand.
The 10:45 am service also includes a sermon, bible readings, hymns, a song performed by the choir, a listing of joys and concerns and prayers. An offering will also be taken.
The organist will then play the postlude during which time you are invited to leave the sanctuary and join the rest of the congregation on the patio for coffee and fellowship.
During the summer months the 10:45 service is much more informal. We have a summer "pick-up" choir that you are invited to join.
Yes, ask one of the ushers to get you one.
Please join us for refreshments and fellowship on the Patio. Follow everyone out the left hand door at the front of the Narthex. That is when we share what's been going on in our lives and just enjoy each others' company. It's an ideal time for you to learn more about our church and for us to get to know you.
Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month and sometimes at other special Sundays and services.
The United Methodist Church practices open Communion. Everyone (including children) who wishes to take Communion in the spirit with which it is offered is welcome to participate.
We usually celebrate Communion by "intinction". The ushers direct people up the center aisle, where the communion servers hold the bread and "wine" (grape juice). Each person takes a piece of the bread and dips it in the grape juice and eats it. You may choose to kneel and pray at the prayer rails. Afterwards you return to your seat by the side aisle.
If you are unable to come to the front of the church for Communion please notify one of the ushers so that a server may bring the Communion elements to you.
Most of the sermons preached at FirstPaloAlto are available on our website. You can listen to online, or you can download them to your phone or computer. Go to www.firstpaloalto.com/sermons to view the available sermons.
We are located at 625 Hamilton Avenue in downtown Palo Alto.
Click here for driving directions.
Bus and train service are located nearby. Transit 511 has an online travel planner to help you get here by public transit. Our street address is 625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto 94301.
The Palo Alto CalTrain station is .7 miles from the Church.
Parking is available on city streets or in the municipal Parking Garage on Webster. There is limited parking in the church parking lots on Byron and Webster streets, as well as unofficial alternative parking on Webster ONLY for Sunday services.
A map of all of the available parking locations can be found on this page.
Bike riders are welcome at First Church. We have two bike racks for your use. One is located on our front patio facing Hamilton Avenue, and the other is in our main parking lot located off of Byron Street.
Yes, there is an elevator that links all 3 floors of the education building.
Sunday School meets from 9:45 am - 10:45 am. Our Bible-based curriculum is designed to nurture the youth in their faith journey.
Before Sunday School, from 9:15 am - 9:45 am, children are invited to attend the Children's Music Program.
Please note that both programs are on hiatus during the Summer.
There are mens and womens restrooms at the back of the Narthex. The mens room is behind the left staircase heading to the balcony and the womens restroom is behind the right staircase heading to the balcony.
In the education building there are restrooms on the lower level, on the upper level and across from the Library on the first floor. Directional signs are located at the corners, and by the stairwells of each floor.
You and your children should do whatever makes you most comfortable.
Childcare is available for children under five years old during the worship hour.
At the 10:45 service, we encourage children to remain with their families for the start of worship service. In the middle of the service, the children are invited to go to Children's Worship. They will return to their their families shortly before the worship service ends.
Worship activity packs are available in the Narthex.
During the Upstream service, the children are invited at 9:15 am to go to choir practice.
An usher can provide you with a cloth bag of quiet things that will interest your child. Otherwise you may ask the usher to direct you to the nursery where child care is provided. We also have two glassed-in "cry rooms" located at the back of the sanctuary.
Please feel free to leave your child in the Noah's Ark Nursery in the education building. It is a well-equipped nursery, with cribs and toys, and tended by dedicated and caring individuals. Please ask one of the ushers, or one people at the Welcome Center to show you where it is.
We have two active youth group, led by a team of dedicated individuals. One group is for middle schoolers (grades 6-8) and the other group is for senior high youth (grades 9-12). Please contact our Director of Children and Youth Ministry, Kaitlin Medeiros 650-323-6167 for more information.
There are several ways:
We have several ways to find out what is happening at First Palo Alto.
We are delighted to have many people take an active role on Sunday mornings. If you want to know more about how to do that, contact the Church office at 650-323-6167. Check out our Signup page for some of our immediate needs.
Additional opportunities to serve include:
Yes, there are many ways you can help. Check out our Signup page for some of our immediate needs.
Volunteer activities in the church include
Contact the Church office at 650-323-6167 to find a opportunity that meets your interests and skills.
You can also make a difference in our Community by volunteering with a local organization. Check out our Joy Of Doing section for more information.
There are many several opportunities to study the Bible at First Church. Check out our Bible Study and Adult Christian Education pagefor full information about all of our classes.
We welcome interest in membership at First Palo Alto.
Members are received in three ways:
- By profession of faith and baptism
- By letter of transfer from another United Methodist Church
- By letter of transfer from another Christian Church OR by reaffirmation of faith when a letter of transfer is not appropriate/possible.
To learn more about membership please speak to one of our pastors.
Several of the most active people at First Palo Alto are not members, and some are not even Methodists. Non-members are welcome to participate on committees and other activities. Speak to one of the Pastors about what it means to be a Methodist, and about becoming a member.
You are always welcome to worship with us and participate regardless of whether you contribute money. However, we would like everyone who considers First Palo Alto their church (whether as a formal member or not) to make a commitment (a "pledge") to contribute some amount, either weekly or monthly.
It is entirely up to you to decide how much you can afford to give and how important the church is to you. The pledge isn't binding and we know everyone's circumstances differ and can change at any time. What you give is kept confidential by the financial secretary and the treasurer.
If you would like help in deciding how much to give, we have some guidelines and facts about our financial needs. We like to think about giving in terms of a percentage of one's income. Tithing is the ultimate goal (10%), but the important thing is to do whatever you can.
Non-members are invited to have their events here under the guidance of our ministers and the events coordinator. Contact our Events Coordinator, Bernadette Harland 650-279-2449, for specific details.
Our meeting rooms are very much in demand by our own groups and committees, as well by local community organziations. Because of this we may not be able to meet your needs. Please contact our Events Coordinator, Bernadette Harland 650-279-2449, for specific details.
Several groups have made First Palo Alto their concert home. Please contact our concert coordinator Jerry Johnson 650-323-6167 to discuss your needs.