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, September 24, 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!



Walk the Labyrinth
First Fridays of the Month,
from 1 p.m. -3 p.m.
Prayer Quilt Ministry: Request a quilt for someone in need
Confidential Prayer Requests here


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 Mission 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

“…But still, here we are in 2023, a new both/and church, worshipping, praying, giving, serving in-person and online. The bedrock is solid. Everything may be changing around us—not just the church, but retail businesses, restaurants, the United States Postal Service, college football—changing. Sometimes it feels like a great “hurriquake,” doesn’t it? And yet we proclaim: “Jesus Christ is the same—yesterday, today, and forever.” And that, folks is in Scripture, Hebrews 13:8…” 

– Rev. Patricia Farris, excerpt from “You Got This!” Sermon from August 27, 2023. Read sermon


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Horizons – September 2023

“Gather us in—the lost and forsaken, gather us in—the blind and the lame; Call to us now and we shall awaken! We shall arise at the sound of our name.”

Let’s all COME HOME on Homecoming Sunday, September 10th. Come home to worship in person to see one another’s face and share one another’s joys and needs. Come home to worship online if that fits your circumstance and share in worship and prayer. Return home to be renewed.

“We are the young—our lives are a myst’ry, we are the old—who yearn for your face. We have been sung throughout all of hist’ry, called to be light to the whole human race.”

Rev. Patricia Farris, from the 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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