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. 

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


Lenten Calendar of Services and Activities

Preparing for EasterIn the season of Lent, we take a long journey toward the cross, a journey containing both heartache and joy. Lent is forty days, not including Sundays, during which we enter 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.


At FUMC, we invite you to include us in your journey. Our Lenten and Easter sermon series, provides inspiration and spiritual reflections. Other Lenten activities include a weekly gathering for silence and sharing around the Word of God, and free Sunday organ recitals. Click here for a complete Lenten Calendar of worship services and activites.

For a list of upcoming activities, check out our Insert from Sunday's bulletin.


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Prayers and Support for Gracie Fisher

Grace Fisher 2015

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

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.





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