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A Welcoming San Francisco Bay Area Church

We know that visiting a new church for the first time can be intimidating. Calvary strives to be friendly and welcoming. You need not be a member to attend. You don’t have to be Christian. You don’t have to live in the San Francisco Bay Area. And you are not required to pay anything.

When, Where, and What Should I Wear?

Our primary worship service is on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am, and is approximately one hour long. We recommend allowing some extra time for transportation or parking for your first visit. The Sanctuary entrance is at 2515 Fillmore (between Jackson and Pacific) in San Francisco. Following the service, we invite you to join us for a relaxed and social coffee hour, where we offer coffee, bagels, donuts or other treats after the service at no cost.

We say that everyone is welcome, and really mean it. Many people tend to wear suits and dresses, but plenty wear casual clothes. We truly want you to be comfortable and care much more about you being here, than what you are wearing.

For those bringing children, we recognize that it is a big victory to get the kids out of the house at all! Don’t worry if hair is combed perfectly and clothes match.

How Do I Get To Calvary? Where Should I Park?

Calvary is easily accessible by Muni/bus lines along Jackson (3), Fillmore (22) and Divisadero (24), and is a short walk from the California (1) line.

Valet parking is available most Sundays. Call the church office to confirm.

Street parking is often available, and meters are free on Sundays. Validated parking coupons are available at the California Pacific Medical Center garage (Clay at Webster) for a fixed price of $5. Please ask at reception for validation.

If you have a special need we may assist with and are planning to visit, please call (415) 346-3832.

Does Calvary Welcome Children?

With great joy! If you are a brand new parent you are welcome to either keep your little one with you, or observe and try our nurturing care providers. If you have energetic toddlers or older children, we have ministries that combine spiritual depth with the fun and energy kids crave. Children younger than kindergarten typically check in on the Lower Level prior to the 10 am service. Kindergarten-age and up start in the Sanctuary. Kids through third grade participate in the Children’s time at the front of the church before heading downstairs for Sunday Studio Kids 4th grade and up are welcomed to join the other big kids in the balcony, where they will sit together until after the sermon, when they leave the sanctuary for their own class.

If your child prefers to stay with you, that is absolutely fine.

For more information on our ministry for Children and Youth, please click here

What will I experience?

Every service at Calvary is a little different though we follow an order of worship that includes prayers, music, scripture reading, announcements, and sermon.

If you are brand new to church, new to a Presbyterian Church, or have been in a church environment your whole life, you are welcome at Calvary! You will be surrounded by people of all ages and all walks of life, and from every corner of San Francisco. The thoughtful, Biblically based sermon will be delivered by one of our well-educated, experienced, funny and engaging pastors. The music is uplifting, and the sanctuary setting is beautiful.

What is a Presbyterian?

Calvary is first and foremost a Christian church committed to sharing the love of Jesus in word and action.

Our denomination is Presbyterian Church (USA). PCUSA is a connectional church, distinguished by the representation of elders – female and male leaders – in its government. (Presbuteros is the Greek word for elder and provided the name for the Presbyterian family of churches.)

Presbyterians are distinctive in two major ways: we adhere to a pattern of religious thought known as Reformed theology (emphasizing God’s supremacy over everything) and a form of government that stresses the active, representational leadership of both ministers and church members. At Calvary, we are thrilled to have strong, compassionate lay leaders working side by side with our pastoral staff.