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
Registration applications are still being accepted for the new 2014-2015 school year. 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.
The church is called to boldly witness to the generous love of God for all people through Christ and this means speaking up for the most vulnerable among us. This message of compassion and information on a letter writing effort to Congress was delivered by Pastor Mark in his July 20th sermon. This sermon was covered by KEYT, a local Santa Barbara news channel. Here is the link to the online video and article.
Here are more links to follow up:
Rev. John Fanestil, is a friend and collegue of Pastor Mark, and has worked on the border for years.
Resource Sheet of the background on this humanitarian crisis and how you can help:
Sending letters and messages of compassion to the refugee children:
How to call congress regarding the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act:
Latest Events and Activities
We have lots of upcoming events happening at FUMCSB. Check out our Sunday Bulletin Insert to see a listing.
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