Below you’ll find a list of groups available to you through First UMC.  If you’d like more information, you may contact the church office (310) 393-8258 or simply fill out the inquiry form at the bottom of this page.  Be sure to include the group or class name(s).

Open Space

Open Space is a young adult ministry that offers community for young adults to journey alongside one another in spiritual discovery, growth, and belonging. Since mid-March, they have been gathering each Wednesday at 7 p.m. on Zoom for conversations on faith and life, engaging in prayer and study. Instead of one leader for the group, they have chosen to have a leadership team model consisting of the following group members Laurel Capesius, Mia Staraci, Brandon Searfoss, Molly Smith, Spencer Dewald and Lindsay Crossan, and Lauren Foxwell.

For more information or to view our upcoming gatherings and events, visit us here

Listening Hearts: a women’s group for all self-identifying women

1st and 3rd Thursdays at 6:30pm via Zoom, beginning October 1, 6:30 p.m.

For anyone who struggles to listen to their heart in the midst of life’s chaos. For anyone who searches for meaning and purpose. For anyone who seeks spiritual community. This group is for you. Led by Tricia Guerrero, Listening Hearts will be a group for women of all ages, grounded in the practices of sacred listening, prayer and reflection. Alongside one another, we will share our stories, listen to one another, and grow in God’s loving presence.

Contact Tricia Guerrero to join.

Grief and Graces: a sacred space for weary souls

Second and Fourth Sundays of the month, 4 p.m., via Zoom or Phone In
In this time of collective loss and upheaval, Rev. Keri Olsen offers an online gathering, “Grief and Graces, a sacred space for weary souls.” Meeting on the second and fourth Sundays of the month, come for a time of reflection, to name the challenges and gifts of this time, listen for God’s invitation, and close with prayer. It is a drop-in group, as needed. All are welcome, invite a friend.
To register, go to www.santamonicaumc.org/grief-graces-registration.

Family Connection

All are welcome!  Are you single, married with kids, without kids, not that old, not that young?  Then this could be the group for you.  Join us for fun, family and adult events including summer breakfast on the beach and great Christmas events, etc.  For more information contact Nikki Edwards: njedwards@usagb.net or the church office by filling out the contact form below.

The Open Table

Led by Ben and Karen Ing, this group consists of those already working in their careers, young families and not-so-young families. The group meets at members’ homes each Sunday night at 6:30 p.m. for dinner and discussion of current events. Open Table also plans social outings throughout the year, including seeing plays together, trips to Disneyland and the Santa Monica Pier.


The Shareringers is a group of mostly retired, but active people. We meet monthly for a Friday potluck dinner with a speaker in the Fireside Room. We alternate religious programs with travel, book sharing, and topics-of-current interest programs. Also, we have an outing each month, such as museum tours, barbecues and picnics, game nights, theatre outings, restaurant dining, and craft making. Each year in March we gather in Palm Desert for a weekend to catch up with people who have moved away, enjoy desert hikes, golfing, shopping, and a great BBQ. Our annual Christmas Party is full of delicious desserts, Christmas caroling, and warm friendship. We are a caring, sharing group and welcome new members!

For questions or to be added to the Shareringers email list, contact the church office by filling out the contact form below.