First United Methodist Church of Ventura
Wednesday, December 17, 2014


    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.
      - 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 
   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.
     Christmas Eve
       - 4:30 p.m. Family friendly service in the sanctuary
      - 7:00 p.m. Traditional in the sanctuary
      - 11:00 p.m. Informal, alternative, casual in the chapel
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
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,click the following link:

Christmas Cookie Walk, December 14
     Sunday, December 14th, Mission Market will feature the church’s fifth annual “Christmas Cookie Walk.”  A large variety of cookies and other goodies will be on display during the
10 a.m. Coffee Hour in Trotter Hall.  Shoppers will be provided with a container they can fill with a selection of their choice.   This is your chance to “mix it up” to create a one of a kind gift for a family member or friend.  If you aren’t feeling benevolent, you can always gift yourself.  
     Join in the spirit of this special event by providing a batch or two from your favorite, sweet morsel, recipe.  Drop items off at the Mission Market table prior to the 9:00 a.m. service.  The mission focus for the month of December for this ministry is Family to Family.  As you make a freewill donation, think of families in our community who are struggling to meet even the most basic of needs.  Mission Market is one of many ways we come together as a congregation to show God’s love to others.

Candlelight Labyrinth Walk December 14
     The Candlelight Labyrinth Walk is a walk of the Spirit from 5-6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14, in the Wesley Center labyrinth courtyard.
     Walking a labyrinth is one of Christianity’s great forgotten reflective practices. The labyrinth has reemerged as a metaphor for the spiritual journey and as a meditative practice for spiritual transformation. A facilitator will be on hand to give instructions for beginning the walk while soft music plays in the background.

Christmas Caroling, December 14
     Everyone is invited to the Christmas caroling and sing along on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. in the Wesley Center parlor at The Open Door Coffee House.

“Teach Only Love . . . for That Is What You Are.”
                         A Course in Miracles

  Thursdays from 1:00 - 2:30 & 6:30-8:00 p.m.
                             Wesley Center
     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.
Sanctuary Hearing Loop System Installed
   The sanctuary main floor seating area recently was 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 will enable 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 will allow 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 will allow a person to adjust the level of loudness without significant feedback (loud high frequency pitch sound). We will continue to provide our present radio frequency hearing aid system, as necessary, until we are comfortable with the new loop system.
    Many churches, theaters, and auditoriums are being equipped with hearing loop technology. For additional information please go to the web at  
“Ring Out 2014” Game Night
     Sunday, Dec. 28, 5-8 p.m. (The Open Door Coffee House).
Panoramic View
     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.

Christ Window in the Sanctuary


Rose Window in the Sanctuary Balcony


            "Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors."




















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