Welcome to First UMC of Santa Monica!

Friends near and far, welcome to the worship, service, and fellowship of Santa Monica First United Methodist Church. First UMC is committed to a ministry that touches the lives of people in many significant ways. Through our worship and music, study opportunities, social groups, mission involvement and ministries of care, we proclaim the good news of God’s love for all people. We also work to help make the world a better place in which to live, here in the communities of the Westside and around the world, and eagerly invite your participation in this beloved community. Our church has been a significant presence in the larger Santa Monica community for over 125 years.


We worship on Sundays at 10 a.m. in-person in the Sanctuary each week.

Masks are optional, but always acceptable and welcome.  If you feel ill, please choose to worship from home online.
Click image above for the Sunday 10 a.m. service for Sunday, June 4, 2023
You may join in the service Livestream in real time or later at your convenience. Let us know if you need assistance in joining online.

If you have any questions, or are having trouble joining the Sunday online worship service, call the church office at 310-393-8258, or email us at info@santamonicaumc.org.  We welcome you into this community of faith!


The community of First UMC Santa Monica actively works to create a place where all people are celebrated and loved for who God created them to be, where all can encounter the deep love, peace, and grace of God, and where we serve together to transform the world. Your participation is now more important than ever to fund all we do, and we appreciate your generous and faithful giving. You may give online here. Thank you!




We at First UMC work in partnership with a variety of groups and organizations throughout our community and the larger UMC to bring hope and healing where it is needed most.  Together we can change lives and transform the world. To view our Outreach and Missions page, click here


Preschool enrollment happening now! Click here for form

First UMC Preschool is more than a school. It is a community of parents, teachers and staff to whom the children’s health, safety and well-being is the highest priority.  The Preschool was started in 1948 and over the years has gained the reputation as one of the finest in the city. Read more: www.santamonicaumc.org/preschool

“Here, through this community of faith, we do it already in many, many ways—mission, building shelter, working together walking together, having fun along the way, and finding ourselves changed in the process from the inside out. We’ve designated May as a Month of Service. You know, we at First UMC work in partnership with a variety of groups and organizations throughout our community and the larger UMC to bring hope and healing where it is needed most. Upward Bound House. The Westside Food Bank. Harvest Home. Habitat for Humanity. The People Concern. UMCOR—the United
Methodist Committee on Relief. And others. And for this month, we’ve highlighted—in the Sentinel, on our app, on our webpage—opportunities to simply show up and jump in. Give a couple hours to sort food, restock shelves, walk in the Home Run for Kids. Bring a neighbor or a friend or your whole family. These can be great opportunities for both service and outreach….” 

– Rev. Patricia Farris, excerpt from “What Do You See: A New Community Formed by Love” Sermon from May 7, 2023. Read sermon


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Horizons – June 2023

“Many of us United Methodists know that June has come as we’re preparing for the session of our Annual Conference. This year, the California-Pacific Conference will meet mostly in-person for the first time in three years. And we will be led by our new bishop, Dottie Escobedo-Frank. How wonderful it will be to gather with friends and colleagues to give thanks and to lean into God’s future—clergy and laity together.

To last year’s theme of “Ending Physical and Spiritual Hunger,” Bishop Dottie has added the word “Nourish.” Nourish God’s people—body, mind, and spirit. How well that fits our focus here at First UMC Santa Monica across these last months. Our community Conversations after worship have been opportunities for fellowship and to share our experiences, hopes and dreams about how we are in mission and how we nurture our spirits and deepen our faith…”

Rev. Patricia Farris, from Horizons June Sentinel. Read full article here

Read this month’s Sentinel Newsletter here

Safe Sanctuaries®

First UMC takes the safety of the children and youth very seriously. We follow Safe Sanctuaries® practices, which is our commitment to the physical safety and spiritual growth of all of our children, youth, and adults. Read More

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