Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.


Welcome to First United Methodist Church, Santa Barbara. (FUMCSB). LoResized pastors_and_spouses
Pastor Alan and wife Patti, Pastor Hillary and husband Todd
cated 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.

If you are visiting Santa Barbara, or if you are new to the area, we 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. Hillary Chrisley and Rev. Dr. Alan Strout


Lenten Calendar

  • April 13th, Palm Sunday (One service at 10 a.m.): Follow Wilson the donkey and the procession into the SanctuDSCF3665ary and give glory to Jesus.
  • April 17th, Maundy Thursday: 7 p.m. Worship service commemorating and recreating Jesus' Last Supper.
  • April 18th: Good Friday: 12 Noon Worship Service at First Presbyterian Church. A community event recalling Jesus' last hours and his death.
  • April 19th, Holy Saturday: 10 a.m. Easter egg hunt and crafts for the children; cleaning/preparing the Sanctuary for Easter.
  • April 20th, Easter: Worship services at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. to celebrate the glorious resurrection. Special music includes a brass ensemble to accompany the Chancel Choir.

Journey through the Forty Days of Lent Online Each Day

Lent for Leaders is an ONLINE daily devotional for 2014 provided as an aid for reflection, ideas for personal growth and links to more information and videos. Access the link from the United Methodist Church, GBOD (The General Board of Discipleship) website: Lenten Devotions and Reflections. Click each day for a different devotional.


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Sunday, April 27th Between Services
A yummy pancake breakfast fundraiser will be held between worship services (9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.) on Sunday April 27th. This event is a youth fundrasier for the summer Sierra Service Project. Tickets are available at the door: Adults $10, Children $5 (5 and under eat for free!). Come and have your fill of pancakes while supporting our youth's mission trip!

Upcoming Events

All are invited to join us for our worship services and events we hold and host including concerts, potlucks, studies and small group activities. Read our Insert from our Palm Sunday Order of Worship that describes all of our upcoming events.

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Use the easy Podcast Player to play past sermons.




We have photos from the some recent events. Go to our Slideshow to see all theseDSCN3390

photos and join us for our next event! 







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