Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.
Welcome 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.
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. Mark Richardson, Senior Pastor and Rev. Dr. Alan Strout, Associate Pastor
Holy Week Schedule
Our Lenten journey is one of the most sacred times of the Christian year – a unique season for the soul's exploration of a life lived with God. As people on this journey of faith, we pray that we hear the voice of God and renew our covenant as disciples of Jesus Christ. All are invited to join us for the services and activities of Holy Week.
PALM SUNDAY, MARCH 29th
One Service at 10:00 a.m.
Pastor Mark and Pastor Alan will lead a procession, that includes Wilson the donkey, through the "streets" of Jerusalem and into the sanctuary. We line the streets, waving palm fronds and shouting Hosanna!!
Pastor Mark invites us to "The Feast of Humble Love."
MAUNDY THURSDAY, APRIL 2nd
7:00 p.m. in Wesley Chapel
Special worship service of singing, scripture, prayer, the sharing of Holy Communion and a simple drama called "At the Table."
GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 3rd
7:00 p.m. at St. Mark United Methodist Church
Santa Barbara Mission Area Evening Service at St. Mark UMC, 3942 La Colina Road, Santa Barbara.
HOLY SATURDAY, APRIL 4th
10:00 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt/Crafts
Children of all ages and their families will enjoy the Easter Egg Hunt! Bring your own basket and we'll provide the fun. After the egg hunt, the children will enjoy making a variety of arts and crafts and sharing lunch.
EASTER SERVICES, APRIL 5th
9:00 and 10:30 a.m.
Two services in our historic sanctuary in celebration of the glorious resurrection with special music by our Chancel Choir with brass ensemble. Pastor Mark will deliver the inspiring message "The Laughter of the Redeemed." All are invited to join in joyful celebration!
Easter fellowship time in Fellowship Hall before the first service (8:30 - 9:00 a.m.) and after the second service (11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
For a list of other upcoming 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
Prayers and support continue for Grace Fisher and her family as she undergoes treatment for her paralyzing illness. The next fundraiser to assist with her medical expenses will be one the whole family can enjoy ~ A special showing of one of Gracie's favorite movies, The Goonies. The film will be shown on Friday March 27th at 7:00 pm at the Marjorie Luke Theater, Santa Barbara Jr. High.
A website has been set-up to provide updates on her progress and to allow the family to connect with all those who continue to pray for her recovery. For photos of the Feast For Gracie, please go to our Slideshow.
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 Registration
Garden Preschool offers full and half-day 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.