Community Outreach

Historically, there has always been a long-standing commitment of our congregation with involvement in the local community and societal concerns. Many members of our congregation are directly involved in missions and community outreach, actively participating in the mission statement of FUMCSB, namely:

"To share the inclusive love of God which we know in Jesus Christ with each other,

with the greater Santa Barbara community, and with the world".

Members of our congregation are extensively involved in volunteering in their community and we provide ways we can make a difference by:

  • Volunteering at or donating to the Warming Center: FUMCSB is part of a coalition of churches and facilities that hosts the homeless during inclement weather.
  • Being part of the Change the World small group: members from FUMCSB and St. Mark UMC collect white socks for Doctors Without Walls and prepare Care Bags for the homeless.
  • Picking up a Care Bag to give to someone living on the streets.Sewing
  • Donating non-perishable food items to the Unity Shoppe, which provides goods and services for low-income families and individuals. Donation receptacles are available in the sanctuary and in the office building.
  • Volunteering at Showers of Blessing as part of a non-profit organization that brings a portable shower trailer to different locations so that individuals living on the streets can enjoy a warm shower and clean clothes. FUMC assists once a month at the Alameda Park location. Congregants donate towels, dental hygiene products and new or used clean clothes for the guests using the showers.

FUMCSB also has a number of committees and groups that are dedicated to developing strategies for encouraging outreach into the community.

  • Faith and Society Committee is engaged primarily in encouraging members of the church to relate their faith to the social context within the local parish, but also in the larger society in which we all live. The committee has developed educational opportunities and organized forums for the congregation and community to face current issues such as organ donation, and end of life issues.
  • Health Ministries promotes the concept and practice of health as part of spiritual wholeness and ministry. To that end, the following activities are being undertaken by members of this committee: monthly blood pressure monitoring and collection of old medications, disaster preparedness information and readiness, organizing health education forums and disseminating health information.
  • Interfaith Prayer Shawl Ministry creates prayer shawls/blankets and presents them to recipients with prayers invoking God's blessing and comfort for their special need. It may commemorate the birth of a baby, give comfort during illness or convalescence, encourage someone undergoing medical procedures or in a care facility, or provide Prayer Shawl photo for websiteloving support to someone experiencing bereavement or loss. The group gathers weekly to work on shawls, exchange ideas and techniques, and to share the joy of creating a hand knitted or crocheted gift of love. Periodically the shawls are blessed during worship service before being delivered to an individual with a message of love and comfort as well as the physical warmth the shawl brings.

For more information on any of these activities and events, please call the church office: (805) 963-3579.

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