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 


Feast for the Refugee Children

Sunday, January 29th: 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall

Feast Tickets:$25 Youth & Adults; $10 under age 10
Can be purchased at the door or in advance at the church office.

100% of Ticket Price Goes to Refugee Aid

100% of the Finest Italian Cuisine Donated by:

Via Maestra 42

Syrian refugees 1Proceeds from this year’s Feast will benefit The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) aid to refugee families. Thousands have been forced to flee their homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs. They are desperately seeking a safe haven where they can make a new safe life for themselves and their families. You can help make a difference. Be sure to put this event on your new calendar and help spread the word.


Via Maestra 42 will once again generously donate the food so that all proceeds can go directly to the cause. Our immense gratitude goes to owners and church members Renato and Lisa Moiso. 



In Remembrance: Brooke Lundin, 01-10-17

We grieve the horrible loss of one of our church children. Brooke Lundin slipped while bathing and struck her head, resulting in a head injury that took her life. She was 5. Our hearts break for her parents, Ken Lundin and Jennifer Talt, and for their family, and extended family. The church and community grieve this deepest sadness and hold one another in the supportive network of prayer.


It is an unimaginable tragedy. Please give the family space from calls, texts, etc., respecting their privacy and allowing them to make contact on their terms and timing. Cards are always an appropriate way to express your love and compassion. If you need their address, please call the office.

We invite you to honor her memory by donating to the Brooke Lundin Memorial Scholarship Fund which will provide scholarships to our high school seniors as they embark on their college journeys. You may donate by check made out to FUMC and noting the "Brooke Lundin Memorial Scholarship Fund" in the memo line or by online on our website donation page. Checks can be mailed to the church:

FUMC, 305 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. 


Epiphany Bible Study with Pastor Mark

Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 pm in Asbury, Jan. 4 - Feb. 15, 2017


Practices SampleCollagePastor Mark leads a 7-week Epiphany Bible Study on the core practices of the Christian faith. In each Animate Practices session, the group will watch a video featuring a different core practice: Prayer, Food, Worship, Sacraments, Money, Service, and Community, followed by group reflection and individual journaling. Each session or class is self-contained. All are welcome to attend all or as many of the sessions as you are able. Cost: $15 for the book. Books will be available at the class for purchase.

FUMCSB Reconciling Community

Reconciling CommunityA group of FUMCSB members and constituents has formed into a Reconciling Community and is now part of the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN). This newly formed group within the church will continue to hold information sessions, meet with those who have questions about what affiliation with the RMN means, and prays for the full inclusion of all God’s children, including LGBTQ persons, in the life and ministry of the church. For more information about the RMN, click here. For a link to our Reconciling Community Facebook page, click here. To speak with Christopher Olson, the FUMC Reconciling Community group leader, please email him at



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

Grace Fisher 2015

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: 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 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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