Upcoming Events



Preschool Spring Fair

Sunday, April 22: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Courtyard

Come to the First UMC Preschool Spring Fair for great fun for the whole family! Featuring moon bounces, arts & crafts, pony rides, petting zoo, taco stand, and lots more! Proceeds from the Fair go to funding Preschool programs, scholarships and school improvements.

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

Loving God With Our Minds Book Study & Potluck

Sunday April 22 at 11:30 a.m. in the Fireside Room

Love in a Time of Climate Change: Honoring Creation, Establishing Justice
By Sharon Delgado

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

Community Meal w/ Family Place

Thursday April 26 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: Community Event • Church Event • Health Ministry

DanceFit with Whitney! A Free Exercise Class!

Saturday, April 28: 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

World Labyrinth Day – May Labyrinth Walk

Saturday May 5: 12:30-2:30 p.m.

In collaboration with The Labyrinth Society, all are invited to the global celebration of the Labyrinth at the 10th Annual World Labyrinth Day on May 5, 2018. Join over 5,000 people taking steps for peace, “Walking as One at 1” in the afternoon. Last year’s gatherings were held in over 20 countries and 45 US states!

This day will replace the regularly scheduled 3rd Sunday walk for May.  Also available by appointment.  Simply call the church office (310) 393-8258.

Share the Labyrinth on Instagram and Facebook!

Chancel Choir Spring Concert

Sunday May 6, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary

First UMC Chancel Choir, and members of the Long Beach Chorale, with the Los Angeles Concert Orchestra will combine to present Kirke Mechem’s Songs of the Slave at the First UMC Sanctuary. Featuring Wayne Shepperd, bass baritone, singing the role of Frederick Douglass, and Zanaida Robles, soprano. Also, selected pieces from Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem featuring Alexandra Grabarchuk, mezzo soprano, will be performed. Dr. James E. Smith, conductor, Ty Woodward, organist.

Reception to follow in Simkins Hall.

View and share the concert flyer!

Suggested donation at the door: $10.00
Seniors and Children under 12: $5.00


Messy Church Family Camp!

Saturday May 26, Off-site

Messy Church is going camping Memorial Day Weekend!  This weekend will replace the regularly scheduled 2nd Saturday Messy Church for May.   Read more…

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

Labyrinth Open for Walks

Sunday June 17: 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.