Upcoming Events


Categories: Community Event • Church Event • Health Ministry

DanceFit with Whitney!

Saturday, January 20: 10 – 11 a.m., Simkins Hall 

Dance your way to fitness with First UMC member Whitney Hagan, licensed Zumba instructor. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring a towel. Sponsored by the Health Ministry Council, the class is a great way to start your weekend! No charge.  New dates added for 2018!  Visit the Health Ministry page.


Categories: Community Event • Church Event • spiritual growth • ways to serve

Labyrinth Open for Walks

Sunday January 21: 2:30-4:30 p.m., Simkins Hall

Walking the Labyrinth is an ancient spiritual practice, a way to quiet our minds and open our spirits to the presence of the Holy.  Every step a prayer.  Donations accepted.


Categories: simple church • Community Event • Church Event •  ways to serve

Community Meal w/ Family Place

Thursday January 25 at 5:30 p.m. at Family Place 1020 12th St.

The Community Meal potluck is an opportunity to help feed about 30-40 adults & children, served buffet style. Attending the potluck not only provides a delicious meal for the families and allows the parents an evening free from cooking dinner but is a way for all who attend to be a part of a warm and accepting community.

Invite your friends and join the next potluck for an evening of conversation, crafts/games with the kids, and a shared meal.

For more information, contact Rev. Robert English: r.english@santamonicaumc.org.


Categories: Worship service • Youth Ministry • Community Event • Church Event

Youth/Scout Sunday

Sunday, January 28 during 10 a.m. Sanctuary Worship

Scouts Pancake Breakfast: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., Simkins Hall

Come enjoy the annual Youth/Scout Sunday service. The youth of First UMC lead the Sunday service, from reading scripture to preaching the sermons that they have written.  This day also celebrates the Scouting Ministries (Boys & Girls Scouts) and their long-standing traditions of service to the community while transforming the lives of the youths.  After worship, stay for the Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast.


Categories: grow • Fellowship & Classes • Community Event • Church Event

Loving God With Our Minds Book Study & Potluck

Discussion led by Rabbi Jeff Marx!

Sunday January 28 at 11:30 a.m., Fireside Room

And God Said: How Translations Conceal the Bible’s Original Meaning
By Joel M. Hoffman

Pick up your copy at the Sunday Hospitality Table or the church office.  Bring a dish to share!  View the full book study schedule here.



Categories: Music Ministry • Community Event • Ways to Serve

Mid Week Recital 

Wednesday, February 7 at 12:10 a.m., Sanctuary & Fireside Room

Althea Waites, piano *Note date change to 1st Wednesday.
Internationally acclaimed American Pianist, Althea Waites, has concertized extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia as a brilliant soloist, chamber musician and collaborative artist. She is currently on the keyboard faculty at California State Univerisity/Long Beach, and organist/pianist at Rolling Hills United Methodist Church

As always, no charge.  Stay for a reception with the artist after!  For a full list of the year’s schedule click here.



Categories: Messy Church • Worship Service• Fellowship & Classes • Community Event • Church Event • Ways to Serve • Children & Youth Ministry

Messy Church

Saturday February 10 at 4:30 p.m., Simkins Hall & Chapel

Messy Church resumes its monthly worship where we learn about God’s love through crafts, activities, story and a shared meal. Children, families, and adults of all ages are welcome to this worship experience as we explore a monthly theme together as one church family. This month’s theme: Love God.  Be ready to get messy!  *Note the time change.


Categories: ways to serve • Community Event • Church Event

UBH’s Home Run for Kids Walk/Run

Sunday February 11

Upward Bound House presents the 6th Annual Home Run For Kids in the Brentwood community of West Los Angeles. There will be a 10k, 5k and a Kiddie K fun run for the little ones. The event expects to draw over 1,200 participants and is open to the entire community, with all proceeds benefiting Upward Bound House. This will be a morning of exercise, food, and fun.

The Home Run for Kids is a great opportunity for parents, kids, local businesses, schools and the community to come together to help solve family homelessness, a growing crisis across Los Angeles.

Bring the whole family out for the morning! The race course is both stroller and dog friendly. Run or walk, enjoy the entertainment and expo.

For more information about Upward Bound House or to find out how you can help, please contact us at HomeRun@upwardboundhouse.org.

Join the First UMC Team!  Register on the website under “First United Methodist Church.” Before the race, attend a brief on-site worship service at 8 a.m. Look for the white First UMC tent. Find out what it means to pray on your feet!

For more information contact Rev. Robert English r.english@santamonicaumc.org


End of Life Series – Two Part Seminar

Congregation Care Visitor Anne Premer and Rev. Robert English will lead a 2-Part Series open to all.  Light refreshements will be served.
PART 1 – Five Wishes 
This seminar will address your medical, personal, emotional and spiritual needs at the end of life. We’ll take a look at a living will that’s changing the way we talk about and plan for care at the end of life.  Led by Anne Premer.
Sunday, February 11: 11:30 – 12:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room
PART 2 – Funeral/Memorial Planning  
Discover the importance of funeral/memorial service planning, and other spiritual considerations when dealing with end of life care.  Come for yourself as well as your family – it’s a wonderful gift to yourself and your loved ones. Led by Rev. Robert English.
Sunday, February 18: 11:30 – 12:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room

Categories: Preschool Event • Community Event

The FUMC Preschool presents…

Discipline: Do’s & Don’ts with Betsy Brown Braun

Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 7:30-8:30 p.m., University Synagogue 11960 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles – Onsite parking available.

In this seminar, Betsy presents discipline from a developmental perspective, with both the parent and child in mind. She offers hands-on tips for responding more effectively to children’s misbehavior. We will address such topics as consequences, time-outs (not!), and parental anger. You will leave this talk equipped with tools for being more effective and responsive when it comes to discipline.  No charge.  View and share this event flyer.

Betsy Brown Braun, best selling author of Just Tell Me What to Say: Sensible Tips and Scripts for Perplexed Parents (HarperCollins) and You’re Not The Boss Of Me: Bratproofing Your Four To Twelve Year Old (HarperCollins), is a child development and behavior specialist, parent educator, multiple birth parenting consultant, and founder of Parenting Pathways®, Inc.  Read more…