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. 

Mark up close

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


Bible Study with Pastor Mark

Wednesdays at 7 pm in Asbury Room through June 1st

For The Love of God 

Pastor Mark is leading a Bible Study on Wednesday evenings called “For the Love of God: A Conversation about the Bible and Homosexuality.”


This series explores the story of God’s love in the Bible, how it relates to how we love each other, especially talking about homosexuality. A video component of this study by the Rev. Eric Elnes Ph.D. focuses on what the Bible really has to say about sexual orientation and God’s love. All are invited to attend this insightful and informative series. Please note: Bible Study will not be held on April 27th or May 25th.




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.

Treasure Sale on Saturday, May 7th: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

100% of Proceeds Benefit Sustainable Agriculture in West Africa

Missions Committee will be holding their annual Treasure Sale to benefit Sustainable Agriculture andTreasure Sale Photo
other projects done in West Africa by UMC missionary Mozart Adevu. "Treasures" you might find at the Sale include sporting goods, small appliances, cookware, knick-knacks, home decor items, tools, clothes, art items, craft items, books, toys, jewelry, etc. If you would like to donate items for the Treasure Sale, please bring them to the church office befor 3 pm during the week.  Items must be clean, in working condition, and light enough for you to carry and put in your own car. Sorry but we will not be able to do any pick-ups or deliveries this year. Thanks for your support for FUMCSB missions!



Prayers and Support for Gracie Fisher

Grace Fisher 2015

Prayers and support continue for Grace Fisher and her family as she continues rehabilitative treatment for her paralyzing illness. 


At our Charge Conferences, we shared our most important ministry of 2015 - the ministry for and with Gracie Fisher and her family. The FUMC Youth Group read a synopsis celebrating that ministry and it can be read by clicking here. A video slideshow set to music was also shown of Gracie's journey. We hope you take a moment to watch and read about Gracie. She is one remarkable, courageous and amazing young woman.


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. Please see the her website for a list of upcoming fundraisers to assist with her ongoing medical expenses. 


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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