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.
According to state and local guidelines, masks are recommended, but not required during service.
Click image above for the Online Sunday 10 a.m. Livestream for September 25, 2022
We offer several options for participating in online worship. You may join in the service Livestream in real time or later at your convenience.

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!


Your continued financial support of the church is now more important than ever. You may give online here, via mail, or onsite through the office mail slot. 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.

Mission Partner: Westside Food Bank: Sign up for the Hunger Walk
Mission Partner: Upward Bound House

Come Home to God. I pray that you’ll find a table where the Spirit can speak to your heart, and open your eyes, and re-set your soul, and surround you with the light of God’s love and fill you with peace. Come home to the God who gives us life, who loves us into the fullness of life, who sends us out in love to serve the world, the God who, at the end of our days on this earth, loves us into life beyond our imagining. Come Home to God.

– Rev. Patricia Farris, excerpt from “Come Home to God” Sermon from September 4, 2022. Read sermon




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Congratulations to the First UMC Preschool!
June 2022: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has awarded First UMC Preschool a new five-year term of accreditation.  Ranking among the top-rated preschools of the nation, our First UMC Preschool classes rated scores ranging from 97% to 99% in all class ratings and observations.  Thank you, teachers, for the outstanding environment and program you provide for our precious children everyday!  This NAEYC honor and recognition highlights the core values of our Preschool.  Congratulations to all!!  We applaud and appreciate your dedicated efforts and are blessed to work with an award-winning, loving community.  www.santamonicaumc.org/preschool


Come Home!
It’s time to revive an old First UMC tradition and look forward to
Homecoming Sunday, September 11th this year.

Homecoming will look different now as we live into being a Both/And congregation. Each week, many of us worship online, for all kinds of reasons—health, distance, work and family schedules, preference. We celebrate our online congregation. And if you’ve gotten to know First UMC online, consider in-person worship. Together we look forward to joining in prayer, worship, fellowship and service as the Fall begins.

Rev. Patricia Farris, from Horizons September 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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