Sycamore is a Japanese/English bilingual member of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a progressive Christian denomination. Sycamore has a rich history beginning with its founding by Japanese students in Oakland in 1904. Members experienced the internment camps in the U.S. and hardships in Japan during World War II. We resettled in El Cerrito in the 1960s and extend our hands of friendship and service to the wider community today.
We welcome all, love all, and seek justice for all.
Sycamore offers a wonderful Japanese language-based Preschool,
led by Director Yoshimi Kinoshita.
Sycamore’s facilities are used by a number of other organizations, including a group of teachers offering Japanese language throughout the week and on Saturday, abacus classes, and piano lessons.
Palm Sunday: a reenactment of Jesus’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Sunday, March 25 at 9:45 am (early!). Bilingual Maundy Thursday Service, including food/handwashing, soup and bread, and remembering Jesus’s last meal with his disciples on Thursday, March 29 at 6:30pm Bilingual Good Friday Service at Sycamore on Friday, March 30 at 7 pm. On “God’s […]
Join us Sundays, March 11 and 18 at 9:30 am downstairs for a discussion of our text from Ezekiel 36:26, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” Lent is a great time […]
Greetings Sycamore Family, It is my great pleasure to invite you to my Ecclesiastical Council on March 10, 2018! I first joined Sycamore as a member after a few months of attendance in November of 2013. As a seminary student at Pacific School of Religion, you fully embraced me and stuck with me and my […]
Join us on January 28 at 9:30 for a quick overview of the Old Testament and on February 4 at 9:30 for a similar overview of the New Testament. This is designed as quick overview for people interested in understanding the big picture of the Bible.
Sycamore will have its Annual Meeting on January 21 after lunch. This is an important of being a congregational church and gives members an opportunity to vote on leaders, the budget for 2018, and proposed changes to the Constitution and Bylaws.
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Activities and meetings conducted in English
• English Worship Services/英部礼拝
• Bible Study Tuesday 7 p.m.
Activities and meetings conducted in Japanese
• Japanese Worship Services/日語部礼拝
• Teatime/聖書研究会( ティータイム )
• Tomodachi Time/友達タイム
• Home Meetings/家庭集会
• Sharing Picture Books/絵本の会
• Hiking Club/お散歩会
• Sycamore FC/Family Soccer Club
Sycamore Related Links
• A-I-U-E-O School/あいうえお教室
• Japanese Language School/シカモア日本語教室
• Abacus Classes/そろばん教室
• United Church of Christ/米国キリスト合同教会
• United Church of Christ in Japan/日本基督教団
• Pacific School of Religion