First United Methodist Church Ventura
Friday, August 01, 2014
Open Heart, Open Minds, Open Doors.
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 . . .
In downtown Ventura, California, at 1338 E. Santa Clara Street, adjacent to Cabrillo Middle School and just west of the intersection of Main and Santa Clara streets.
Ventura is about 50 miles from Los Angeles on the northbound Hwy. 101, and 25 miles south of Santa Barbara. The city is on the coast, and the church is about a half mile from the beach.
Traditional, Sunday, 9 a.m. in the sanctuary, for those who prefer a more formal liturgy, long-standing hymns, and classical music.
Informal, Sunday, 11 a.m. in the chapel for those looking for more upbeat and current music and less structured pattern of celebration.
Take a brief 360 tour of the church.
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.
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
The Sunday traditional worship service is shown on cable TV Channel 6 each Sunday at 9 a.m., Wednesday at 4 p.m., Thursday at 6 p.m., and Saturday at 1 p.m. The schedule can be seen at http://www.capstv.org/schedules.htm.
The open door Coffee House
Our open door coffee house welcomes guests each 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
Middle school students are invited to join in the Middle School After School Program Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 3-5 p.m. in Trotter Hall for recreation, study, and snacks during the school year (September-May). To find out more information, please click the following link: https://middleschoolyouthcenter.wordpress.com.
“Teach Only Love . . . for That Is What You Are.”
A Course in Miracles
Thursdays from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Through October 30
Study with John and Ginny as they share support, experience, and encouragement with students of this life-transforming spiritual practice of forgiveness and inner peace.
WHO: For anyone interested in learning more about A Course In Miracles (ACIM) as well as to those who have already begun this study. Inquirers, beginners and experienced students are equally welcome. Group meetings are tailored to the level of those who come.
WHAT: Meetings consist of guided readings of the text, workbook, manual, and supplemental ACIM materials, as well as discussions of principles and practices, with times of quiet sitting in contemplative prayer.
Inquirers need bring no materials, except for a copy of ACIM available at bookstores and online.
"Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors."
Stained Glass Rose Window in the Sanctuary
Stained Glass Rose Window in the Sanctuary Balcony