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. 

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



Community Interfaith Thankgiving Service 
Interfaith thanksgiving serviceFUMCSB will host the annual Santa Barbara Community Interfaith Service where a diversity of faiths participate in the celebration of thanksgiving. The Greater SB Clergy Assn. will sponsor this inspiring service at FUMCSB on Tuesday, Nov. 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. 

This year’s guest speaker will be Kathleen Moore, Ph.D., Chair and Professor, Dept. of Religious Studies, UCSB. The free-will offering will go to Unity Shoppe, a local non-profit that works with community volunteers to collect food donations and support for the “Free Store” where qualified people can shop.

FUMCSB Garden Preschool 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.


fish 3026aSmall Groups at FUMCSB

You are invited to include a small group in your plans for spiritual growth in the Fall season. Please call the church office for more information about these groups:

  • Disciple Bible Study: The class will continue in January, 2015. 

  • Interfaith Prayer Shawl Ministry: Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m. in the Asbury Room. 

  • Bible Study: Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. in the Asbury Room.  Led by Pastor Mark. 

  • Men’s Fellowship Breakfast: 3rd Thursday each month, 7:30 a.m. Moby Dick’s restaurant. Brief devotion, guest speakers, breakfast ($10).

  • Stephen Ministry: Meets 2nd Wednesday each month at 7:00 p.m. See Pastor Alan. 

  • United Methodist Women: General meeting and program 2nd Thursday each month, plus monthly Circle meetings. All meetings in the Asbury Room.

  • Volleyball Spirituality: Fridays, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Fellowship Hall. The indoor beach ball fun.

  • Wesleyan Fellowship Group: Meets monthly - dates vary and based on activities. 

  • Widows and Single Women Fellowship: Meets last Saturday of each month at 5:00 p.m. in the Asbury Room.

  • Women of Spirit: Fridays, 10:00 a.m. in the Asbury Room. Book study of “The Jesus I Never Knew” by Philip Yancey. 

  • Youth Group: Sundays, 4 p.m. Fun activities and fellowship led by Izzy, Elizabeth, Gary, and Pastor Alan.


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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