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
Vacation Bible School: June 26-Aug 7th
Starting June 26th we will start a weekly Vacation Bible School program where we will DIVE DEEP INTO GOD’S PRESENCE. We will grab our goggles and swimming fins and learn “God is With Me Wherever I Go!” We'll submerge into God's Word and God's presence learning God KNOWS me, HEARS me, STRENGTHENS me, LOVES me, and SENDS me! All children are invited to join us on this exciting summer journey.
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
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: www.gracefisherfoundation.org. 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 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.