Upcoming Events


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

Community Meal 

Thursday November 16 at 5:30 p.m. at Family Place (1020 12th St.) 

Note: The November dinner is a Thanksgiving-inspired potluck at Family Place. 

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).

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

Loving God With Our Minds Book Study & Potluck

Sunday November 26 at 11:30 a.m., Fireside Room

The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires our Trust more than our “Correct” Beliefs

By Peter Enns

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.

Angel Tree Project

The Angel Tree Project begins Sunday November 26. First UMC is supporting Family Place of Upward Bound House with household items for the families and their apartments. Stop by the Angel Tree table during Coffee Fellowship on Sunday mornings in Simkins Hall to choose a gift. Then return the wrapped gift back to the church office by Sunday December 17. For questions, contact Chris Ruud: chr10is@yahoo.com.

Boy Scouts Wreaths

It’s time to order your holiday wreaths and greenery from Boy Scout Troop 67. Orders will be taken: Sunday, November 26, 11 a.m., Alcove

A Christmas Celebration Music Concert

Sunday, December 3, 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary

An Evening of Carols, Etc.
Featuring Gerald Finzi’s Magnificat

The Chancel Choir; Ty Woodward, organ; The Mark Twain Ringers; Chamber Orchestra; Patricia Farris, spoken words; James E. Smith, conductor

Suggested donation at the door: $10/adult, $5/seniors and children under 12.

Categories: Community Event • Church Event • Health Ministry

DanceFit with Whitney!

Saturday, December 9: 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.

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

Messy Church

Saturday December 9 at 4:30 p.m., Simkins Hall & Chapel 

Messy Church is a 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. Be ready to get messy!