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



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Gracie Fisher Benefit "Feast for Gracie"
A Huge Success But Donations Still Needed

Grace Fisher 2015They say it takes a village..........on Sunday, January 25th, FUMCSB and the Santa Barbara community came together to raise funds for Gracie Fisher and her family. Gracie suddenly developed Acute Flaccid Myelitis, a paralyzing viral infection, shortly before Christmas and has been hospitalized ever since. It is apparent that Gracie has a very long recovery ahead of her. The Gracie Fisher Fund has been set up to help with Gracie's medical expenses and the Feast For Gracie was quickly organized by the FUMCSB Missions Committee to assist in those efforts.


The response was amazing and the Feast For Gracie sold out 5 days before the event. Over 500 delicious Italian lunches were served with all food donated by Via Maestra 42 so that 100% of the proceeds could go to the Gracie Fisher Fund. Opportunity Drawings provided another fun way raise funds. Altogether the Feast has raised over $34,000 as of Tuesday morning, and funds are still coming in. Donations are still needed and gladly accepted! Please write your check to the Gracie Fisher Fund and mail to:


       Gracie Fisher Fund,

       308 Paseo Del Descanso,

       Santa Barbara, CA 93105

As you can imagine, Grace and her family are overwhelmed with all that has recently transpired. While they appreciate all the love and support that has been expressed to their family, they need to concentrate on Grace‚Äôs recovery. 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.

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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