Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

Front of Church 3Welcome to First United Methodist Church, Santa Barbara. (FUMCSB). Located in downtown Santa Barbara, FUMCSB combines the Coastal California style with its rich tradition of Methodism. Our worship, described as warm traditional, is a reflection of our congregation. We are called to provide a meaningful experience that extends beyond Sunday worship and our outreach extends into our community and around the globe. 

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If you are visiting Santa Barbara, or if you are new to the area,

Mark and Alanwe would like to extend a personal invitation to you to come and visit. Please know that wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome here. 

Blessings to you. 


Rev. Dr. Mark Richardson, Senior Pastor, and

Rev. Dr. Alan Strout, Associate Pastor


Vacation Bible School: Dive Deep VBS2016 Camille

The preschool and elementary chilldren are enjoing a weekly Vacation Bible School program where we  DIVE DEEP INTO GOD’S PRESENCE. We are grabbing our goggles and swimming fins and learning that “God is With Me Wherever I Go!” All children are invited to join us on this exciting summer journey.

New Bible Study Beginning September 21st

The Jesus Fatwah ~ Love Your (Muslim) Neighbor As Yourself

Six sessions: Sept. 21& 28, Oct. 19 & 26, Nov. 9 & 16

7:00 - 8:00 p.m. in Asbury Room

Jesus Fatwah largeMuch of what passes for information about Islam is rooted in stereotype and watered down by fear. In this study that includes video segments, Islamic and Christian scholars offer reliable information about what Muslims believe, how they live out their faith, and how we all can be about building relationships across the lines of faith.


All are invited to attend this informative study! Study materials: $5. Please sign up by calling the office (963-3579) or email:

Love. Period. Interfaith Pride Celebration
As part of Santa Barbara's Pacific Pride Festival, an Interfaith Pride Celebration will takeInterfaith Pride Celebration place on Sunday, August 28th. Open and welcoming faith groups will come together to stand up for and celebrate the dignity of all people, and on this day particularly, the LGBTQ Community. The celebration will feature an Interfaith Choir and promises to be healing, inspiring and uplifting.

First UMC's Reconciling Community members will be there. Come stop by our table and say hi!


The event is presented by PFLAG Santa Barbara, Pacific Pride and Interfaith Pride Alliance. For more info, visit their website:  PFLAG Santa Barbara


Read Our Sunday Insert
For a list of other upcoming and ongoing activities, check out our Insert from Sunday's bulletin.


Hear a Sermon 
Use the easy Podcast Player to play past sermons.

Prayers and Support for Gracie Fisher

Grace Fisher 2015

On December 21, 2014, during a party to celebrate her 17th birthday, Grace Fisher, a gifted musician with a bright future, began to have severe pain and was rushed to the hospital. By nightfall, Gracie was intubated and required mechanical ventilator support to breathe and had total loss of her ability to move. She was later diagnosed with Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM), a rare viral infection that can occur in children under 21. Because little is known about AFM, her prognosis is uncertain. 


Flash forward to today. Grace continues to be a remarkable young woman with much to teach all of us about resilience, patience, fortitude, grit, and faith. She used her wish from the Make a Wish Foundation to form her own non-profit group: The mission of the Foundation is to: "Enrich and empower those with mental and physical challenges through the arts."


First United Methodist Church, her church family, has been selling cards with Gracie's art work 

on them during our Sunday fellowship time to raise money for this summer's Sierra Service Projects. To learn more about this extraordinary young lady, visit the foundation website or go to

Direct donations are alway welcome to help the Fisher family with Gracie's medical expenses! Please make your checks out to the Grace Fisher Fund and mail to:

 Gracie Fisher Fund, 308 Paseo Del Descanso, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.


FUMCSB Garden Preschool

Garden PreschoolGarden Preschool offers full and half-day, year-round programs Monday - Friday for ages 2 through Kindergarten in a caring, supportive and educational indoor and outdoor environment. To register, learn more about the preschool, or to schedule a visit, please call Heidi Casper, Director, at 805/451-5487. 



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