First United Methodist Church of Ventura
Friday, April 28, 2017
    We are a community of faith, letting love lead to make, mature, and mobilize disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
      We have two Sunday worship services: one a traditional and the other informal, more contemporary.
      Our programs span every age from Christian education, music, outreach and mission, Bible, and fellowship.
We Are Located . . . 
      - 1338 E. Santa Clara Street
        Ventura, CA 93003
       -  Downtown adjacent to
         Cabrillo Middle School                                                                                                                                                                           (photo by N. Cooper)
      - West of Main and Santa Clara street intersection
- On the coast about 50 miles north of Los Angeles
      - About 25 miles south of Santa Barbara
Worship Services:
Palm Sunday, April 9, Combined Worship at 9 a.m. Only
Easter Sunday, April 16, and onward the services return as follows:
   Traditional Services
      - Sundays, 9 a.m, sanctuary
      - Formal liturgy, long-standing hymns, classical music   
      - Sunday School for children and youth
      - Infant care offered
Informal/contemporary services
      - Sundays, 11 a.m., chapel
      - Upbeat, current music
      - Less structured pattern of celebration
      - Sunday School for children
      - Infant care offered
Celebrative Palm Sunday service at 9 a.m. in the sanctuary.
Child care provided. Sunday School for children and youths.

Maundy Thursday, April 13
6:30 p.m., sanctuary
Foot washing and Holy Communion
Good Friday, April 14
Experience a powerful and moving musical production.
Recall Jesus' journey to the cross at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. Chancel Choir and Instrumental Ensemble will perform Lloyd Larson and Joel Raney's work, “HOPE in the Shadows.”
All are welcome, free. Child care will be provided. 

Easter, April 16
All are invited to celebrate Easter with First United Methodist Church of Ventura. 
Sunrise Service at Ventura Botanical Gardens, 6:15 a.m.
If you are an early riser, head up to the Ventura Botanical Gardens for a 6:15 a.m. Sunrise Service. Take Kalorama St. north, turn left onto Summit Dr., see balloons for directions. Enjoy morning sun arising, music and the welcoming story of the First Easter, followed by light refreshments.
Celebrative 9 a.m. Easter Service
If you like sleeping in, begin your day Easter morning at 9 a.m. in the beautiful sanctuary.
Hear the brass ensemble, handbells and choir open the good morning news of Easter.
Sing the great Easter hymns.
Be inspired by the message of the Hope of Easter.
Discover how Easter makes every day a day filled with Hope.
Child care provided. Sunday School for children and youths.
Come and receive a free gift.

Easter Egg Hunt at 10:15 a.m.
The children will all love the fun at 10:15 for an Easter Egg Hunt in the beautiful Wesley Center Courtyard.
Celebrative 11 a.m. Easter Service
If you like really sleeping in, begin your Easter morning at
11 a.m. in the chapel with an Easter service led by a talented Praise Band.
Enjoy the casual welcoming community of others.
Be inspired by the message of the Hope of Easter.
Child care provided. Sunday School for children.
Come and receive a free gift.
Sunday School and Childcare
     Our 9 a.m. Sunday School starts in the worship service in the sanctuary where there is a young people's message.  Sunday School for children follows in the Education Building classrooms.
    Sunday School during the 11 a.m. service is for children, preschool age through fifth grade.
    Childcare for infants and toddlers is provided during both services.
Worship Services Televised on Cable TV & Vimeo
     The Sunday traditional worship service is shown on cable TV Channel 6 each Sunday at 9 a.m., Tuesday at 8 p.m., Thursday at 6 p.m., and Saturday at 1 p.m. The schedule can be seen at
     Sunday services may also be viewed online by clicking:
Rockin' the Cause Concert
Sunday, May 21
     You are invited to FUMC's spring Rockin' the Cause concert to be held at FUMC Ventura on Sunday, May 21, at 2 p.m.
     There'll be exciting music, bands, singing, and a chance for you to give your support to four organizations:
   Rise Against Hunger
  Musicians on a Mission
   Sierra Service Project  
  Project Understanding
     We hope that you will attend. Click here to make a donation of support.
The open door Coffee House
    Our open door coffee house welcomes guests eac
h Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Wesley Center library/parlor for espresso, selected tea, and hot chocolate.
    Further details about The open
door may be found under the Ministries Section of this website. 
    The open door is an ongoing outreach ministry of First United Methodist Church designed to build relationships and bring others into the loving presence of God.
Middle School After School Program     
    - For students from Cabrillo Middle School.
    - Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (September-May).
    - From 3-5 p.m. in Trotter Hall.
    - For recreation, study, and snacks.
    - For more information, contact the church office
      at 805-643-8621.
Pickleball Games on Sundays
    Join in the pickleball play in Trotter Hall from 5-8 p.m. on Sundays. Fun for all ages.
Sanctuary Hearing Loop System
   The sanctuary main floor seating area and the chancel pulpit area are equipped with a hearing loop system which operates by a special wire loop installed under the sanctuary floor and is activated from the sound system in our balcony. 
   The loop enables those hearing impaired to couple their
“T coil” within their hearing aids with the installed loop (this loop carries the sound/current from the sound system). It allows for full use of hearing aids and all the adjustments, controls, and modes provided by the manufacturer. In addition, use of the system with capable T coil hearing aids allows the user to hear other sounds in a normal fashion.
   For those who do not have hearing aids equipped with
T coils, we have six T coil receivers and ear muffs that can be checked out from our ushers.  This allows a person to adjust the level of loudness without significant feedback (loud high frequency pitch sound). 
Stained Glass Windows
     Handcrafted stained glass windows grace the sanctuary and chapel with color, drawing one to Christ's words and ministry. Two of the sanctuary windows are pictured at the end of this home page.

Christ Window in the Sanctuary


Rose Window in the Sanctuary Balcony


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