Lake Merritt United Methodist Church is an open and welcoming Christian congregation serving God in downtown Oakland. We seek to build a multiracial, multi-ethnic and multicultural community. We welcome and affirm the full participation of the LGBTQIA+ community in the life of the congregation. We work to promote the inclusiveness of all people in the United Methodist Church as a whole.
The church serves its members, the people of greater downtown Oakland, and the global community with a wide variety of programs and missions.
sustaining a vibrant and growing congregation through Christian spiritual transformation, making our work and the church relevant and visible.
Celebrate diversity, love, and relationships through lay-led worship and small groups;
Meet in small groups to empower participants to live out Christ’s love;
Empower children and youth in their faith journey and in becoming a vital part of the church; and
Address the needs of the community, both spiritual and physical, through service and outreach.