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, and abacus classes on Saturday.
REV. YASUTAKA YOSHIOKA
Nichigo (Japanese Language) Pastor
REV. CELESTINE FIELDS
Interim Minister & Eigo (English Language) Pastor
Japanese Language worship at 9:45am
English Language Worship at 11:00am
Bilingual Worship at 11:00am
on the first and last Sunday of each month.
Family worship with communion service is held
on the first Sunday of each month
Please come join us for our 69th Annual Bazaar, a celebration of Japanese-American and Japanese culture and cuisine, from noon to 5 p.m. on September 15th. Admission is free to the festival on the grounds of Sycamore Congregational Church UCC, 1111 Navellier St. in El Cerrito. We will feature entertainment by Tatsumaki Taiko, The DulTones (doo wop), Sakura Ren (Awa Odori), Genyukai Berkeley and three Sycamore groups: Sycamore […]
On April 12, 2019, Sycamore Congregational welcomed Rev. Celestine Fields as its 3/4 time interim minister. Pastor Celeste will lead the English language worship, facilitate the congregation’s discernment of its vision and preparation for the search for Sycamore’s settled pastor. She will be serving with us for 12-18 months. Rev. Fields comes to the Bay […]
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
• Connection Study Group Sunday 9:00am
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