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Weddings have been celebrated at First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica since our inception in 1875. Over the years, couples have held grand weddings in the Sanctuary or intimate ones in Gates Chapel. And have celebrated with large receptions in Simkins Hall in The Shelby Center or smaller gatherings in the Fireside Room.

Download the Wedding Brochure.

The Facilities

The Sanctuary, Chapel, Social Hall and other meeting and classrooms are available for events of all kinds. Large and small groups can be easily accommodated. The entire campus, including the parking garage, is handicap accessible.

And, for those attending events at the church, free, ample parking is available in the large three-level underground parking garage across 11th Street.

The Labyrinth

The First UMC permanent Labyrinth is open to the community and available for individuals, groups and retreats.  It is a replica of the Chartres Labyrinth laid in the cathedral around 1220 CE.  And is open 3rd Sundays of the month, 2:30 – 4 p.m., through walk-ins (depending on room use) and available by appointment.  Call the church office (310) 393-8258 or email to schedule a walk!

Campus is closed on the following holidays:
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
President’s Day
Good Friday
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving & Day After
Christmas Day through New Year’s Day