worship in northern California

In Northern California, there are many beautiful churches to visit, and one of the best ways to experience them is by worshiping in them! The following list is a compilation of 15 churches that offer great ambiance for honoring.

The Bay Area is a great place, and the churches in Northern California are no exception. Whether you’re looking for an old-fashioned service or something more contemporary, there’s bound to be a church that will meet your needs.

Whether you have been going to church your whole life or just started attending recently, these will be some fantastic places for you! The post goes on with a list of fifteen different churches.

1. First Church of Christ

Located in Berkeley, this church was built in 1910 and hosted weekly lectures on Christian Science every Sunday at 1 pm. They also host services every Thursday at 8 pm, where anyone is welcome to come and worship. Finally, they have a Reading Room open to the public Mon-Fri between 9 am-5 pm with books about Christian Science, which you’re encouraged to stop by if you’re interested!

2. Grace Cathedral

This beautiful cathedral resides right in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district, right off Market Street near Powell Station BART station. Built-in 1970 after moving from Nob Hill (because it had outgrown its old location), this Gothic church proudly stands today as one of the largest cathedrals in the United States. There are multiple services every day, including Sunday Eucharist at 8 am and 11 am on Sundays, which you can attend if you’re interested!

3. The Chapel of the Chimes

This chapel is located in Oakland Cemetery and is open daily to visitors who would like to visit, pray, meditate, or otherwise seek solace while surrounded by the graves of many different people. This beautiful chapel was built in 1910 and hosts funeral services regularly; they also offer weddings for couples looking for a unique location to get married!

4. First Congregational Church (United Church of Christ)

Located right on Corby Avenue in Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto, this church provides many different amenities to its congregation, including a Montessori school that serves local families. Built in 1926, this church is very open and allows many other people to fellowship, worshiping God together.

5. Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church

This church is located right off of Niles Canyon Road near Contra Costa College! This quiet little sanctuary has been operating since 1952 and offers many different programs to the community. They have various services throughout the year and offer classes both on-site and through their outreach ministries!

6. St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica (Roman Catholic)

Located just steps away from Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, this beautiful cathedral was built around 1850 and survived the devastating fires that tore through San Francisco in 1906. It’s definitely worth stopping by if you’re walking around the Wharf, and it hosts daily masses as well for those who would like to visit!

7. St. Paul’s Monastery (Episcopal)

Located down a beautiful path off of Skyline Boulevard near Portola State Park, this monastery provides gorgeous prayer space for its visitors, as well as beautiful hikes nearby if you’d like to take advantage of them. Services are offered every day, including Holy Eucharist at 8 am on Sundays! They also have a brewery on their property – so be sure to check it out while you’re there!

8. The of the Cross (Lutheran)

Located in the heart of San Francisco, this church resides right on Portola Drive near McLaren Park. This church building has been open since 1926 and is a welcome sight to all people who come by, hosting multiple services throughout the week if you’d like to visit! They also have many different events hosted throughout the year, so be sure to check them out on Facebook or their website for more information!

9. St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church (Lutheran)

This beautiful church is located not far from Berkeley High School and hosts multiple services every Sunday at 9 am and various other times during the week, depending on your needs. The main focus of their mission is that everyone is welcomed into fellowship with one another and pray together to help better their community.

10. St. Benedict’s (Catholic)

This church is located on the corner of Clayton Road and Ygnacio Valley Road; it was built in 1955 after moving from its old location, sold off due to increased housing costs for San Francisco Catholics. This church hosts multiple masses every week, including Saturday evening mass for those who cannot make the earlier Sunday services! They also have many different ministries you can join if interested!

11. St. John’s Presbyterian Church (PCUSA)  

Located just off Alameda de las Pulgas near Woodside, this beautiful sanctuary was built in 1925 and has offered a place of fellowship ever since! It is open every day for visitors to come by and pray, with masses offered more often on Sundays during the morning. They also have many different groups you can join if interested!

12. The Universalist National Memorial Church (UCC)

This church is right off of University Avenue in Berkeley near the UC Berkeley campus; it was built in 1921 after a previous building was sold off due to a growing congregation. This church is a must-visit for any fellow pagans out there who would like a peaceful place to read about their religion or anyone looking for more spiritual services! It offers you an opportunity to learn about yourself and others around you through the multitude of programs it hosts regularly!

13. Trini Mendenhall Community Center (United Church of Christ)

Located on the corner of A Street and 4th Street in Berkeley is this excellent center for all! It is open every day during the week for various activities, including exercise groups, social gatherings, bible study groups, yoga classes & more! This excellent community center offers a fantastic atmosphere to help you meet new people or relax if that’s what you’re looking for.

14. St Stephen’s (Episcopal) San Mateo

Located right off Highway 92 near Crystal Springs Reservoir is this beautiful church building built in 1853; it has since been restored after a fire ravaged its interior in 1993. They offer services every Sunday (including Holy Eucharist at 8 am) as well as Wednesday Evensong! They also have a fantastic nursery there if you’ve got little ones that might get restless!

15. St. James Lutheran Church (ELCA)

Located just off 580 in Oakland, this church was built in 1917 after an even older building had to be sold off due to increased costs for office space near the office buildings it used to reside at. It is still open today and offers service every Sunday at 9 am and several other masses throughout the week. This beautiful sanctuary is worth checking out whether you’re religious or not – so don’t hesitate!


These are but a few of the countless churches in the area that offer excellent services to you.

Till next time, Blessed Be!

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