First Time Visitor?

Attending Sunday worship at a new church can be a little intimidating. You might have questions, which we will try to answer here in order to make your first visit as enjoyable, stress-free and meaningful as possible.

We truly believe in practicing Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors. Every person is a beloved child of God and of sacred worth. Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. So we welcome into full participation in the life of this church people of every race, ethnicity, age, income, ability, physical or mental condition, political affiliation, gender identity, sexual orientation, family structure or marital status. We invite all people into the way of Jesus Christ to grow together in Christian faith and go out into the world to serve!


Before You Arrive

Dress however you feel most comfortable. Some people wear "church clothes" or "office casual." Others wear Santa Barbara casual, including sandals! Whatever the case, please just come as you are comfortable.


If you arrive by car for either our 9:00 or 10:45 a.m. worship service, you'll enter the church parking lot from the Garden Street entrance. You can park anywhere but we save a number of spaces by the church office door for our first time visitors.


When You Enter The Sanctuary

Greeters in_sanctuaryBy the side or front door to the sanctuary, you will be warmly welcomed by greeters and given an Order of Worship and an Insert which includes announcements, a calendar of "This Week at FUMC," and contact information. Please feel free to take the Order of Worship and Insert home with you.


Hearing assistance headphones are available at the back of the sanctuary, and we have a new Hearing Loop installed for those with hearing aids to accomodate it. An usher will be happy to assist you with this apparatus or answer any other questions you might have.


Once you are sitting in the pew, you will see a red "Friendship Book" being passed along. Please sign in and pass it to your neighbor. We would appreciate your telephone number, home address, and Email address as we would like to contact you to see if we can answer any questions you may have or be of any special assistance. This is optional and meant as an informal opportunity to offer you additional information about our church.


During the Welcome moments in worship we will ask if we have any guests or visitors. By raising your hand, you will be given a welcome gift to let you know we are glad you came!

If You Have Infants or Toddlers

VeronicaThree choices are available: Infants and toddlers can remain with you in the service, enjoy the family corner in the back of the sanctuary with you, or can be signed in to the nursery, located in the Education Building. Quality child care in the nursery to age 5 is available during both services. The sanctuary family area includes child size chairs, pillows, a book section, and an assortment of "busy bags" which can also be brought with you to the pew (but please return after the service). Be sure to ask an usher if you have any questions.



If You Have Children or Youth

Children (Preschool through 6th Grade)...

Are invited to attend Sunday school classes during the 9 a.m. worship service. Children share in the opening of worship and then at the appropriate time (as noted in the Bulletin), will be escorted to the Education Building for their activities. On the first Sunday of the month children return to the service for communion.


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Youth, ages 7th grade through 12th grade...

Youth are encouraged to attend weekly worship with their families or as a group. Youth also sometimes assist in worship as liturgists, acolytes, greeters or ushers. Following the 9:00 a.m. worship service each Sunday, the youth meet for fellowship and discussion in the Youth Room.



After The Service

You are invited to be seated for the Postlude music or go quietly in peace after the benediction. Coffee and goodies are provided in Fellowship Hall behind the church from

10 -11 a.m. Please join us after the first service or before the second service. During the summer months, we often have fellowship time under the Redwood tree, next to the church.


We want you to feel at home...

And hope you find First United Methodist Church to be a place where you can meet new friends, experience an inspiring worship service, and find many different opportunities that will help you continue on your spiritual journey. FUMC is "family friendly" and all generations are cherished. Whatever your background, even if you have never been to church before, WELCOME!

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