Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.
Welcome 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
Fiesta Feast For The Children
Friday, August 7th ~ 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. Under the Redwood Tree
Missions Committee will hold a Fiesta Feast for the Children to benefit Grace Children's Hospital in
Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The Feast will be held on Friday, August 7th, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. al fresco, under the redwood tree next to the church on Anapamu. The sumptuous Feast will be provided by Renato and Lisa Moiso and their locally renowned Via Maestra 42 restaurant. The cost is $25/person. Call the church office (963-3579) to order tickets or purchase them during Sunday Fellowship Time. Be sure to invite your friends/family to an evening of culinary delight while supporting Grace Children's Hospital.
Vacation Bible School 2015 ~ “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus”
10 a.m. on Sundays: Through August 30th
The theme for Vacation Bible School this year at FUMCSB is “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus!” The children are learning stories of Jesus and to help immerse themselves in the stories, leaders are helping them create, act out, and video tape their own telling of the story! The presentation of their weekly stories will be shown at the conclusion of VBS during coffee fellowship time. For more information, please see Aimee Dutch, Coordinator of Children’s Ministries.
Here's a sample of a recent video they made of the story of the Prodigal Son with Pastor Alan helping with the narration:
It's Pictorial Directory Time!
A new FUMCSB Directory is being prepared and everyone in our church family is invited to be included in it. This year you may include all members of your family in the portrait, including your precious (and willing) pet! Each individual or family group will receive a complimentary 8x10 portrait and a free FUMCSB Directory just for participating!
Schedule your portrait session today - available days are August 26 - 30, and September 12 - 14. Please call the office if you can't make any of those dates so we can help you find a nearby photo session in the area.
Don't rely on selfies! Capture yourself and your loved ones professionally!
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
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 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.