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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



FUMCSB Garden Preschool Open Registration

Garden PreschoolRegistration applications are still being accepted for the new 2014-2015 school year. 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.

Call for Compassion and Prayer for Unaccompanied Migrant Children
Jesus said "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs." (Matthew 19:14b)


FUMCSB and our Cal-Pac Conference has joined with other interfaith leaders in calling us to be in prayer for the unaccompanied migrant children. There is a humanitarian crisis at our borders and many of the thousands of children making the arduous journey north are in truth refugees 
beyond their control. We pray for these children and for ourselves that God may bless them on their journey and bless us with the courage to extend tender and compassionate care to them fleeing incredible violence in Central America. These children are escaping the violence of gangs, drug cartels and death due to extreme poverty caused by natural disasters and severe economic conditions 

The church is called to boldly witness to the generous love of God for all people through Christ and this means speaking up for the most vulnerable among us. This message of compassion and information on a letter writing effort to Congress was delivered by Pastor Mark in his July 20th sermon. This sermon was covered by KEYT, a local Santa Barbara news channel.  Here is the link to the online video and article.

Here are more links to follow up:

Nine Easily-Overlooked Facts About Our Newest Immigrants - Understanding (and Misunderstanding) Unaccompanied Minors from Central America

Rev. John Fanestil, is a friend and collegue of Pastor Mark, and has worked on the border for years.


Resolution # 3281 Welcoming the Migrant to the United States, as adopted by 2008 UMC General Conference.


Resource Sheet of the background on this humanitarian crisis and how you can help: 

Unaccompanied Minors Resource Sheet.pdf

Sending letters and messages of compassion to the refugee children:

Letters to Unacommpanied Minors.pdf

They Are Children website

How to call congress regarding the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act:

Unaccompanied Minors Calls to Congress.pdf



Latest Events and Activities

We have lots of upcoming events happening at FUMCSB. Check out our Sunday Bulletin Insert to see a listing.

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Here's photos from the some recent events. Go to our Slideshow to see all these
photos and join us for our next event! 

 SSP Work Team
Mark Dallis and Claudia














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