Small Groups

Community Opportunities:

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 2020, 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: 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.

Men’s Bible Study
Tuesdays: 7 a.m., via Zoom

Men’s Breakfast & Bible Study is a weekly meeting on Zoom where men of all ages and generations gather to ground themselves in the Holy Scripture. As men try to navigate the stresses and complexities of this modern world and daily life, Men’s Bible Study is a place for community, prayer and fellowship through the sharing of God’s Holy word. Come by as your schedule permits! For more information and to add yourself to the email list contact Jack Pearson.

United Methodist Women

The organized unit of United Methodist Women is a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church. Members raise up to $20 million each year for programs and projects related to women, children and youth in the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world such has Hanhane Women’s Shelter in Mozambique. For more information on the UMW, including their famous Peanut Brittle Recipe, click here.

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: 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. Currently, we meet monthly via Zoom. We alternate religious programs with travel, book sharing, and topics-of-current interest programs. 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.