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. 

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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

THIS SUNDAY! Pancake Brunch to benefit Sierra Service Project

A yummy pancake brunch fundraiser is being held this SUNDAY between worship services 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. This event is a youth fundraiser for their summer Sierra Service Project. Didn’t buy a ticket in advance? NO PROBLEM!! Tickets are available at the door: Adults $10, Children $5 (5 and under eat for free!).

Wednesday Night Study:

The Jesus Fatwah ~ Love Your (Muslim) Neighbor As Yourself

Study sessions: Oct. 19 & 26, Nov. 9 & 16

7:00 - 8:00 p.m. in Asbury Room

Jesus Fatwah largeMuch of what passes for information about Islam is rooted in stereotype and watered down by fear. In this study that includes video segments, Islamic and Christian scholars offer reliable information about what Muslims believe, how they live out their faith, and how we all can be about building relationships across the lines of faith.


All are invited to attend this informative study! Study materials: $5. Please sign up by calling the office (963-3579) or email:

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 Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender (LGBT) 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

Screening of the Award-Winning Documentary "An Act of Love"

Saturday, November 5th: FUMCSB's Fellowship Hall at 3 pm

An Act of Love with Frank photoThe Reconciling Community of FUMCSB will be hosting a screening of the award-winning documentary "An Act of Love." It is the story of Rev. Frank Schaefer (currently pastor of the University UMC in Isla Vista), his experiences surrounding officiating his son's wedding, and his subsequent defrocking by the UMC.  The screening will be followed by a Q & A session with Pastor Frank. ALL are welcome!! An Act of Love.


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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