Redwoods Presbyterian Church, located in the city of Larkspur in Marin County, affirms Christianity that is open, inviting, inclusive and caring. We have served this area for 115 years and value ministries and missions of peace and justice.
We encourage you to visit and join us as we build ministry in this beautiful corner of God’s globe. Welcome to Redwoods Presbyterian Church!
Rev. Cornel Barnett, D.Min., Pastor and
Rev. Stephanie Ryder — Pastoral Associate & Music Director
Redwoods Presbyterian Church is committed to …
Welcoming all people, Following Jesus Christ and his ministry of compassion, Participatory worship services, Offering stimulating adult and child programs and education, Communal gatherings and celebrations, and Caring for one another and the world beyond our doors.
Join Us for Easter!
Please bring family and friends to Redwoods for our glorious Easter Sunday celebration on April 5. It begins with a breakfast served by the Membership/Fellowship Committee from 9-9:45 am. A joyous service follows at 10 am, where the congregation members “flower” the cross (you may bring your own or take flowers available in the narthex), celebrate the resurrection and offer Sunday school for the children. Immediately following worship is a coffee hour and Easter Egg Hunt for the children. We hope to share this joyful occasion with you!
Get the LOG Online
Click on the link below to check out the latest edition of the Redwoods LOG, full of info about what is happening at Redwoods.
Redwoods currently provides the LOG to its readership in up to three formats, i.e., via print, email and online.
If you have a strong preference for one format over the others, for example, if you would prefer to read the LOG online or via email and do not need or want a print copy mailed to you, please be sure to inform the Redwoods office of your preference.
Would you like your child to develop thoughtful values, a sense of caring, and personal responsibility and reflection? Compassionate Kids is a successful after-school program for children in Kindergarten to 5th grade. Through Bible stories, art, drama and music, children explore and experience new ways of creating peace, tolerance, kindness and empathy.
The current Winter session of Compassionate Kids meets on Fridays from 3:30-4:30 pm until the end of this month. Contact Stephanie Ryder at (415) 992-2411 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information about the next session. Also, click on the “Compassionate Kids” page on the menus above for more information.
Ordination of Rev. Stephanie Ryder
Redwoods was honored to host the ordination of Stephanie Ryder. The service offered a sermon by Rev. Veronica Goines, Investiture by Rev. Dr. Cornel Barnett and Charge to the Newly Ordained Minister by Rev. Dr. James Noel. The St. Andrew Sisters & Brother Michael and the Soul Savers Choir inspired and uplifted. Rev. Ann Jefferson and Richard Judd accompanied on piano and organ. The congregation fully embraces Rev. Ryder’s ordained ministry at Redwoods as Pastoral Associate & Music Director.
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Join a lively weekly study of Romans at 10:30 am on Tuesdays, facilitated by Rev. Stephanie Ryder and using a guide by N. T. Wright. All are invited and will be warmly welcomed!
Compassionate Kids – Would you like your child to develop thoughtful values, a sense of caring, and personal responsibility and reflection? Compassionate Kids is Redwoods’ successful after-school program for children in Kindergarten to 5th grade. Through Bible stories, art, drama and music, children explore and experience new ways of creating peace, tolerance, kindness and empathy. A new session continues through March 29. Contact Rev. Stephanie Ryder at 992-2411, email@example.com or see the Compassionate Kids page on this website for more info.
Lenten Suppers and Spiritual Practice – Wednesday, March 25
Stephanie Ryder is again leading her popular sessions on “Creative Writing as a Spiritual Practice” that she introduced last year. These spiritual practices do not require special writing ability and are open to everyone. Each will begin with a light soup supper from 6:30 -7:15 pm followed by the contemplative writing and discussion session from 7:15-8:15 pm. The final session date is March 25; we will use Mari Robinson’s paintings as our prompt for the writing session.
Palm Sunday – March 29
The March 29 Palm Sunday worship service at 10 am will feature a Palm Processional and special music by the Compassionate Kids members.
Deacons Meeting – Sunday, March 29
The Deacons will hold their next monthly meeting at 11:15 am on Sunday, March 29 rather than on the first Sunday of April (Easter Sunday). Session will not hold a regular monthly meeting in April.
Good Friday – April 3
Come to Redwoods traditional Good Friday service at 7 pm, April 3 and follow Christ to the cross in preparation for Easter Sunday.
Easter Sunday – April 5
Come on Sunday, April 5 for a glorious Easter celebration, beginning with breakfast served from 9-9:45 am, a joyous service at 10 am, starting with the “flowering” of the cross (you may bring your own flower(s) or take one or more as available from the narthex. The One Great Hour of Sharing offering will be received during worship. After the service, enjoy the coffee hour and children’s Easter Egg Hunt. All are invited.
Publicity for Redwoods
If you would be interested in helping the church alert local news sources about Redwoods events, please speak with either Rev. Cornel Barnett or Rev. Stephanie Ryder.
Brochure and Card – ongoing
Feel free to take one or more of the copies of Redwoods’ new brochure and card available in the narthex and church office. For more information about any of the above events or others, please contact Rev. Barnett after the service, at 924-4832, or see www.redwoodspres.org. All are welcome at any church event.
Tuesday, March 24
9:00 am Bell Choir
10:30 am Bible Study
Wednesday, March 25
6:30 pm Lenten Supper and Spiritual Practice
Thursday, March 26 LOG Mailing
Friday, March 27
3:30 pm Compassionate Kids
Sunday, March 29, Palm Sunday
9:15 am Choir
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Time for the Younger Church (see below)
11:00 am Fellowship
11:15 am Deacons
Tuesday, March 31
9:00 am Bell Choir
10:30 am Bible Study
Holy Communion is offered the first Sunday of the month unless otherwise indicated.
Time for the Younger Church/Sunday School/Youth Group
Sunday school begins at 10:15 am after the “Time for the Younger Church” portion of the worship service. Children leave to their own playroom, where they enjoy a story, prayer, related activity and play. They bring home a handout that summarizing the story they heard with discussion ideas for parents. At special times during the year, the youth meet during worship to develop a skit that is performed during worship.
On the third Sunday of each month, Redwoods offers a birthday blessing to those in worship who have a birthday during the month. In addition, those who have indicated their birthday to the church office (924-4832 or firstname.lastname@example.org) are offered a birthday blessing in the monthly bulletin, the LOG, and here on the church website.
Please wish a Happy Birthday on March 3 – LaVerne Schmidt, 16 – Marilyn Sutherland, 24 – Harry Richards and 25 – Ed Vorous
Each Sunday after the 10 am worship service, a group gathers in Fellowship Hall for coffee, tea and light refreshments. The church also regularly celebrates special events in the life of the church at this time.
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During the fall, winter and spring months, the choir practices before Sunday worship at 9:15 am and on 7:30 on Thursdays. If you like to sing, you are warmly welcomed to join the choir and sing some wonderful music. If interested in the choir, please contact Pastoral Associate Stephanie Ryder.
Bible Study meets weekly at 10:30 am on Tuesdays during the fall, winter and spring months and takes a sabbatical in the summer. The group warmly welcomes new members. Please feel free to come to any Bible Study meeting in the fall or if you would like more information, please contact Pastoral Associate Rev. Stephanie Ryder.
The Saturday Breakfast offers a half hour potluck breakfast and socializing at 9:30 am before an educational program at 10 am, usually on the third Saturday of the month, except during the summer months. All newcomers are warmly welcomed. For more information about the group or its upcoming programs, please contact Chair Nancy Rademacher.
On the second Sunday of each month year-round, Redwoods offers a meal to the 55 residents of the Mill Street Center, a homeless shelter in San Rafael. A signup sheet in Fellowship Hall indicates contributions needed, including milk, juice, fruit, canned goods, other staples and casseroles. The Mill Street residents are very grateful for the support. Please give as generously as you are able.
Session, Deacons and Committees
Meetings of church governing bodies—officers and committees—are open to members of the congregation. Here is a list of upcoming governing body meetings:
The Finance Committee (Jan Salas) will next meet on the call of the chair.
The Facilities Committee (Clay Wiens) will next meet on the call of the chair.
The Worship/Christian Education Committee (Suellen Barnett) will next meet on the call of the chair.
The Mission Outreach Committee (Debbie Lundberg) will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, April 5
The Deacons (Polly Gorder) will next meet at 11:15 am pm on Sunday, April 5.
The Membership/Fellowship Committee will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, April 19
The Session (Ani Lelea) will next meet at 7 pm, Tuesday, May 19
If you would like more information about a group, or would like to sit in on a meeting, please contact the group chair indicated in parenthesis.
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Do you like to take photos? Redwoods would like to update its website with new photos of church activities. If you would be interested in taking photos during a few church activities or if you have one or more photos of recent church activities that you would let us use for the website, please contact the Rev. Cornel Barnett or office administrator Mari Robinson at 924-4832 or email@example.com.
Interested in spiritual practices like meditation and contemplation and how they can help you? See The Rev. Cornel Barnett’s new and updated “Spiritual Practices” at on this site for easy-to-follow and step-by-step directions for practice. Please also feel free to speak to The Rev. Barnett personally about guidance for your spiritual practices.
Marin Food Bank
Redwoods sponsors a Marin Food Bank barrel in Fellowship Hall that is used to collect nonperishable food items for distribution to the hungry in Marin. Thank you to church members for your continuing contributions to the barrel and thank you to members of the community who donate to the Marin Food Bank through the Redwoods barrel. Also, the Marin Food Bank continues to need donations of brown paper bags. The bags are used to distribute the food donations. You may leave brown paper bags in the barrel or in the Redwoods kitchen.
A 2015 per capita of $30 is due to the Presbytery from Redwoods for each of its members. We would appreciate your contributions as soon as possible.
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