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


Happening at FUMCSB

Faith and Society Forum:

"The United Methodist Church and the LGBTQ Community"

 Sunday, June 14, 3:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

reconciling ministriesBackground: The trial, defrocking, appeal, Judicial Council trial, and reinstatement of the Rev. Frank Schaefer (now at University UMC in Isla Vista) last year left many with deep questions: How is the UMC organized? How does the church judicial process work? What does this decision mean for the UMC’s 40 year policy stand against ordaining LGBTQ persons? Can that policy be changed? Can UMC pastors perform same-sex marriage ceremonies? What is the position of our own Bishop, Cabinet, and Annual Conference on bringing charges against pastors? What do these terms mean:  LGBTQ, “Welcoming,” “Transforming,” and “Reconciling.” Since the church is obviously divided on these issues, is there an approach that can respectfully unite us? Can I be a good “UM” and disagree with The Book of Discipline – the rule and polity of the UMC? What does all this mean for our congregation? 

Faith & Society Ministries has asked Pastor Mark to help us to better understand where we’ve been, where we are, and where we might be going as United Methodists and as members of FUMC. All are invited to attend this informative and thought-provoking forum.

For a list of other upcoming and ongoing activities, check out our Insert from Sunday's bulletin.


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Prayers and Support for Gracie Fisher

Grace Fisher 2015

Prayers and support continue for Grace Fisher and her family as she undergoes treatment for her paralyzing illness. 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. Please see the her website for a list of upcoming fundraisers to assist with her ongoing medical expenses. For photos of the Feast For Gracie, please go to our Slideshow

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 Registration

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.





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