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


FUMCSB Garden Preschool Registration and AXXESS Book Sales

Garden PreschoolRegistration 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.


Garden Preschool is selling Axxess 2015 books for $30.00 for the AXXESS membership card/book. $10 of every $30 Axxess book sold goes directly to the Garden Preschool. The Axxess 2015 card features exclusive discounts at over 500 local merchants, including unbeatable savings on dining out, golf, wine tasting, etc. There are over 180 2-for-1 offers! You may preorder your book before September 19th from the church office (963-3579) or you can purchase one after the 19th by calling the office or during Fellowship Time on Sundays.

fish 3026aSmall Groups at FUMCSB

You are invited to include a small group in your plans for spiritual growth in the Fall season. Please call the church office for more information about these groups:

  • Disciple Bible Study: The class will continue in January, 2015. 

  • Interfaith Prayer Shawl Ministry: Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m. in the Asbury Room. 

  • “Making Sense of the Bible” Study: Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. in the Asbury Room. Study of the book by Adam Hamilton. Led by Pastor Mark. 

  • Men’s Fellowship Breakfast: 3rd Thursday each month, 7:30 a.m. Moby Dick’s restaurant. Brief devotion, guest speakers, breakfast ($10).

  • My Story, My Service: Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. in Wesley Chapel. Personal stories of faith and service. Begins in September 24th. 

  • Picture Your Faith Art Class: Tuesdays in September, 5:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

  • Stephen Ministry: Meets 2nd Wednesday each month at 7:00 p.m. See Pastor Alan. 

  • United Methodist Women: General meeting and program 2nd Thursday each month, plus monthly Circle meetings. All meetings in the Asbury Room.

  • Volleyball Spirituality: Fridays, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Fellowship Hall. The indoor beach ball fun will resume October 3rd. 

  • Wesleyan Fellowship Group: Meets monthly - dates vary and based on activities.  

  • Widows and Single Women Fellowship: Meets last Saturday of each month at 5:00 p.m. in the Asbury Room.

  • Women of Spirit: Fridays, 10:00 a.m. in the Asbury Room. Book study of “The Jesus I Never Knew” by Philip Yancey. 

  • Youth Group: Sundays, 4 p.m. Fun activities and fellowship led by Izzy Jarvis, Elizabeth McCrary Spencer, Gary Pitney, and Pastor Alan.

Pulpit Exchange September 28th

“The church is a community of all true believers under the Lordship of Christ. It is the redeemed and redeeming fellowship in which the Word of God is preached by persons divinely called, and the sacraments are duly administered according to Christ’s own appointment.”

UMC The Book of Discipline 2012


In the spirit of preaching the Word of God by persons divinely called, the Santa Barbara Mission Area will have a pulpit exchange of senior pastors on Sept. 28th. Pastor Frank Schaefer will preach at FUMCSB, Pastor Joseph Yoo will preach at Isla Vista UMC Student Ministry, and Pastor Mark will preach at St. Mark UMC. What a blessed idea!!


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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