Upcoming Events


UMCOR/First UMC: Collecting Hygiene Kits

To help provide immediate relief to the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, First UMC is collecting kit materials/donations for the UMCOR Hygiene Kit.
To view the list of kit contents click the link below.

$12 covers the cost of one complete kit. Donations towards the kit may be made online, select UMCOR from the drop-down menu, or make your check out to First UMC, memo line UMCOR Hygiene Kit.

Kits will be assembled by volunteer groups (Youth and Messy Church) in the near future. If you would like to volunteer contact Sarah Rold.

VIEW Hygiene Kit List

GIVE towards UMCOR/Hygiene Kit


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First UMC Communications Survey!

The clergy and communications team want to hear from YOU.  Our survey will take about 5-7 minutes to complete and once you hit the “Done” button a $1 donation will be made to the ministry of your choice.  Click here to begin the survey.


Categories: Spiritual Growth • Fellowship & Classes

Growing a Faith That Matters – Class

Sign-ups will begin on September 10. Class dates: October 1, 8, and 15, in Room 203.

Growing a Faith That Matters will be the topic of new adult class to be led by Rev. Larry Young following worship for three consecutive Sundays. The class will focus on a variety of strategies for deepening one’s personal faith and making it relevant in life situations. This class is for anyone with a desire to grow, whatever the level of faith you now claim.


Categories: fireside room art • Worship Service• Fellowship & Classes • Community Event • Church Event • Ways to Serve

Upcoming Fireside Room Art Exhibit!

Big & Small: Animal art exhibit to promote love for all God’s creatures, in all sizes.

First UMC is excited to announce a call-out to all artists, animal artists to be exact, in the community! Submit your animal paintings, photographs, sketches, etc. by September 1. The exhibit will open Saturday October 7 during the annual First UMC Blessing of the Animals. All artists invited to attend. After service stay for light refreshments, photo booth fun, and craft activities. Send submissions and inquiries to Shalimar Carducci s.carducci@santamonicaumc.org.  View photos from past exhibits here.


Categories: Community Event • Church Event • preschool event• ways to serve • children’s ministry

Church & Preschool Fall Kick-Off!

Sunday September 24 at 11 a.m. in the Courtyard

Invite your friends, neighbors, and co-workers to the First UMC Fall Kick-Off as both the church and preschool celebrate the beginning of a new year together.  Enjoy your community with delicious food, fun and festivities for all ages!


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

Community Meal is back!

Thursday September 28 – New start time: 5:30 p.m. at Family Place 1020 12th St.

simple church hosts a monthly potluck for Family Place. A program of Upward Bound House, Family Place provides transitional housing for families with minor children in crisis. In addition to secure, safe accommodations for each family, the program features intensive wraparound case management, counseling, a food program and other stabilization services. The potluck feeds about 30-40 adults & children. We serve buffet style and eat as one big family! Please share and invite your friends to this wonderful community gathering. Contact: r.english@santamonicaumc.org.


Youth Service Report Back Luncheon

Sunday October 1 at 11 a.m., Simkins Hall

Each year, First UMC sends a Youth Service Project team for one week to travel and engage in service and mission with struggling communities around the United States.

This year’s Youth Service Project team helped repair homes for people in need in Bland County, VA.  Come here their stories of transformation and grace.  No charge, donations welcome.


Categories: Spiritual Growth • Fellowship & Classes

Lay Servant Ministries School

Fall 2017 Classes: Saturdays: September 30, October 7 & 14, 2017

Downey United Methodist Church

Early Registration Deadline:September 16, 2017.  View the registration form here for more information.


Categories: Worship Service• Community Event • Church Event • Ways to Serve

Blessing of the Animals

Saturday October 7 at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtyard

All pets large and small and in-between are welcome to First UMC’s annual Blessing of the Animals.  Come early at 9:30 a.m. for refreshments and children’s activities. Blessings begin at 10 a.m. If your pet is too large or not interested in being social then bring a photo.  Children are also welcome to bring their stuffed animal lovey for a blessing.

Please bring new pet food and supplies for the shelter animal. Pick up a pet tag and be sure to visit the NEW photo booth.

Animal Art Exhibit to officially open on this day!  Learn more here.

*Volunteers are needed to help with the event. Contact Karen Hopkins for details on volunteering.


Categories: Messy Church • Worship Service• Fellowship & Classes • Community Event • Church Event • Ways to Serve • children & youth ministry

Messy Church

Saturday October 14 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: The story of Joseph.  Be ready to get messy!  *Note the time change.


Categories: ways to serve • Community Event • Church Event

Third World Handarts Fair Returns!

Sunday October 15 at 11 a.m. in Simkins Hall in The Shelby Center
Missions Council and First UMC welcomes back Third World Handarts! After wroship all are welcome to come and shop these wonderful artisan crafts. Unique and beautiful, these items are handmade by artists in developing countries as a means to support themselves and boost the local economy.

flu-shot

Categories: ways to serve • Community Event • Church Event • Health ministry

Flu Shot Clinic

Wednesday October 18, 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Simkins Hall in The Shelby Center

First UMC has the privilege of hosting one of the first flu vaccination clinics in the fall provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. This gives us the opportunity to both keep ourselves healthy and help keep our community healthy. There is no charge for the flu vaccine and no appointments necessary.

For more information, questions, or to volunteer, contact  Dorothy Williams


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

Loving God With Our Minds Book Study & Potluck

October 22 at 11:30 a.m., Fireside Room

Rebuilding the Foundations: Social Relationships in Ancient Scripture and Contemporary Culture
By John Brueggemann and Walter Brueggemann

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

Community Meal – Break bread with our neighbors!

Thursday October 26 – New start time: 5:30 p.m. at Family Place 1020 12th St.

simple church hosts a monthly potluck for Family Place. A program of Upward Bound House, Family Place provides transitional housing for families with minor children in crisis. In addition to secure, safe accommodations for each family, the program features intensive wraparound case management, counseling, a food program and other stabilization services. The potluck feeds about 30-40 adults & children. We serve buffet style and eat as one big family! Please share and invite your friends to this wonderful community gathering. Contact: r.english@santamonicaumc.org.


Categories: Church Event • ministry/committee meeting

Save the Date: Sunday November 19: Charge Conference Sunday

Join First UMC for the annual Church Charge Conference as we engage in a joyful and worshipful celebration of this year’s accomplishments. Church Charge Conference: November 19, 11 a.m. Simkins Hall (Brunch served).