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 closeIf 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


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Pastor Mark's Bible Study

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

Six Wednesdays through November 11th

In this six-week study, using Adam Hamilton’s book The Call, you are invited to experience faith through Paul, Christ’s greatest teacher and missionary. Copies of the book are available in the church office or at the class. Please join us. All are welcome!!

SSP Pancake Brunch

Sunday, October 25th between services.


Pancake BrunchThe Youth Group invites one and all to enjoy the Sierra Service Project Pancake Brunch to be held between services on Sunday, October 25. Proceeds will go to support scholarships for next summer's youth work team. The brunch will include a PowerPoint presentation of the youth, leaders and projects this past summer at Walker River, NV. Tickets available at the door: Adults $10, Children $5 (Under 5 eat for free!). 

Building an Inclusive Workshoprmn
Saturday, November 14th

9 am to 4 pm in Asbury Room

Would you like to help increase the number of Reconciling churches, communities and campus ministries that foster inclusiveness of all God’s children? If so, you might want to attend the Reconciling Ministries Network Workshop on Nov. 14th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Asbury Room.


This workshop is hosted by FUMC and is free (donations are always welcome). Workshop information and registration can be found at (scroll down the right side of the home page.) .


Celebrate Love For All: Saturday, October 10th

Pastor Mark will be one of many Cal-Pac Conference participating in the renewal of vows ceremony at the Pasadena UMC. Please join him, bring something for the Altar of Love, and support our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. All are welcome!!

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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

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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 and Axxess Books

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.

2016 Axxess card/books are now on sale at the Preschool, on Sundays during Fellowship Time, and at the Church Office during the week (M-F, 8 3 p.m.). Axxess cards provide many local deals on dining, goods and services and by just using your Axxess card a few times, you can make up the cost of the book. The Axxess card/books are $30 each, of which, $10 goes to Garden Preschool. 




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