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, February 5, 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!


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.

We collect food weekly for the Westside Food Bank. Bins are located outside the Sanctuary Sunday mornings
View last Sunday’s Moments for Mission in worship, featuring The People Concern


Free Blood Pressure Screenings – third Sunday of the month

“This service of baptismal renewal creates a moment for all that, and more. We remember that baptism
is not a one-time thing. Not a one-and-done. Our life in Christ has been described as “Layers of
Epiphanies,” an intriguing phrase that reminds us that God’s Spirit washes over us again and again and
again throughout our lives—to heal, cleanse, renew and restore us. Remember that one of the meanings of the word “epiphany” is revelation, revelations that restore within us a sense of the beauty and grace and power of life in the Spirit…” 

– Rev. Patricia Farris, excerpt from ““The Magnitude of God’s Promise: From the Waters” Sermon from January 8, 2023. Read sermon


Prayer Quilt Ministry: Request a quilt for someone in need
Confidential Prayer Requests here


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!


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


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Horizons – February 2023
“The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 22. Lent is a 40-day season given to us as a time of spiritual preparation for the astonishing story of Easter. Traditionally, Lent is a time to fast—to refrain from excess and experience our hunger for God; a time to pray and study the Word of God—to quiet our thoughts and open our hearts to God’s call on our lives; and a time to repent—to turn away from words, thoughts, behaviors that close us off to the fullness of God’s kingdom and the fullness of all that our lives might become….”

Rev. Patricia Farris, from Horizons February 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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