ONLINE Ministries and Events

ACT presents: “Christmas Choir” on Facebook Live
ACT(All Community Theater) and Ben Ing present “Christmas Choir,” a hilarious homage to a church choir, whose members are there for just about every other reason than to sing, (in contrast to our outstanding First UMC music program and Chancel Choir which we so look forward to hearing again in person!) The play features some of ACTs best actors in their ZOOM debuts. The show was written by Pat Cook, with direction by Ben Ing and Dorothy Nichols, and features First UMC members: Emily Payne, Linda Diane Anderson, Carol Reich, Kendra Gorlitsky, Cindy McQuade, Wynn Battig, Jack Fry, Chris Reagh, Carmen Herrera, Sarah Rold, Dan Nessel, Michael Lamb, Mark Labella, and with the very active help of understudies, Larry Young and David Penson.

The Story: Ten disgruntled choir members rehearse for their church’s Christmas concert under the direction of a little league football referee, whose only qualification is that he owns a whistle. As the rehearsal progresses we learn the reason each member is there – and it isn’t to sing. A sarcastic cameraman attempts to take pictures for the program as the group begins spinning out of control. Thankfully, their young, new pastor arrives and gives them some much-needed perspective.

When asked why he decided to tackle creating a Livestream video production, Ben Ing says, “In a time of isolation, I thought it would be important to bring our ACT members together to create a sense of community for them, and to share with our church members this entertaining project. The play “Christmas Choir” appealed to me because of its large cast, its humor, and its strong Christian message. Doing it livestream seemed the only safe way to do it, and so I decided to take on the ZOOM technical challenge and see if we could make it work. As entertaining as it is ending up to be, the most important thing for me is how much fun the cast has had in experiencing the use of this new “venue.” Thanks to Ben, Dorothy, and all of the cast, for bringing some Christmas cheer to us! We can’t wait to see the show.
Airs Friday, December 19, 7 p.m. on the First UMC Facebook Live page

Online Women’s Group

Listening Hearts: a women’s group for all self-identifying women
1st and 3rd Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. via ZOOM
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Ongoing Support Group

Grief and Graces: a sacred space for weary souls
2nd & 4th Sundays at 4 p.m. via ZOOM
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Church Groups / Connecting Ministries:

Sunday School for Kids: Sundays, 9:15 a.m. via ZOOM.
Sign up for the Children and Family email or email Tricia Guerrero for more info.

Youth Group: Sundays, 4 – 6:30 p.m. via ZOOM. Back for the Fall Sept 13.
Email Tricia Guerrero if you would like to join this group for youth in grades 6-12.

Men’s Breakfast/Bible Study: Tuesdays, 7 a.m. via ZOOM or telephone.
Email Jack Pearson if you would like to join this group.

Open Space Young Adults Virtual Community Soul Care: Wednesdays, 7 p.m. via ZOOM
Email Open Space Leadership for more info.

United Against Racism – The bishops of The United Methodist Church call on all United Methodists to act now by using our voices, pens, feet and hearts to end racism.  


Sundays Mornings:

Worship

  • Participate in Sunday 10 a.m. Worship Online – Two options: Watch Live Virtually on Facebook, or you may Watch On our website. Watching Live on Facebook gives you the opportunity to connect and say “Hello!” to others in the community during the service through the Comments section.
  • Messy Church – Interactive, fun and messy worship opportunities for families of all ages.

Sunday Mornings after Worship

  • Sunday Zoom Social Hour: Sundays, 11 a.m. via ZOOM
    • Get your coffee and donut (or whatever snacks you might have on hand) ready for a post-worship virtual “Coffee Hour” Sundays at 11 a.m. Say hi to some church friends or even make a new one! All are welcome via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/95709897528. Zoom ID: 957 0989 7528 Password: fumc. *Have a computer but no camera? No problem! You can still attend. Contact Sarah Rold (s.rold@santamonicaumc.org) by Fridays for the Sunday gathering

Other Online Events:

The monthly Mid-Week Recitals will continue through the Fall– read more HERE. Each performance will be livestreamed on FACEBOOK and our LIVESTREAM PAGE.

The First UMC Labyrinth: We are grateful for all that is in place to keep the world safe and healthy. With that, we offer you this full virtual Labyrinth walk.

New to Zoom?

Ahead of Time: Download Zoom on your computer, IOS or Android. It’s free! Don’t pay for a subscription. https://zoom.us/download
Once you are set up, go to “Join a Meeting.” 

Watch this video Joining a Zoom Call for the First Time