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



Feast For the Children to Aid Refugees a Success

Syrian Refugees
We are blessed and thankful for the great response to our benefit luncheon to aid refugees. 100% of over $6,700 raised by the Feast For The Children will go directly to refugee aid because 100% of the food was donated by local restaurant, Via Maestra 42.

 All donations will go to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) which provides emergency relief in partnership with other faith groups and agencies to respond to the desperate need wherever it is needed. Our immense gratitude goes to Via Maestra 42 owners and church members Renato and Lisa Moiso. Click here for a slideshow of the Feast and a few photos from United Methodist Women Sunday.

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

Prayers and support continue for Grace Fisher and her family as she continues rehabilitative treatment for her paralyzing illness. 


At our Charge Conferences, we shared our most important ministry of 2015 - the ministry for and with Gracie Fisher and her family. The FUMC Youth Group read a synopsis celebrating that ministry and it can be read by clicking here. A video slideshow set to music was also shown of Gracie's journey. We hope you take a moment to watch and read about Gracie. She is one remarkable, courageous and amazing young woman.


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. 


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 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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