First United Methodist Church of Ventura
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
    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 
   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.
Parenting Class May 18 for Parents and Grandparents
     5-5:30 dinner, Trotter Hall (free)
     5:30-6:45 workshop, Trotter Hall (free)
     Childcare provided (free)
     Topics: tools for raising infants through preschool age
     children such as behavioral challenges, discipline options.
     Will address your specific developmental questions and
     provide an opportunity to network with other parents and
     grandparents and find support together.
     Presenters: Rebecca Caron (educator and author, Special
     Educator of the Year in Vta. County, parenting workshop  
     leader) and Melanie Austin (preschool and parenting class
     RSVP number attending to or
     See flier to download on homepage left column.
Vacation Bible School "Surf Shack" July 11-15
     See flier and registration download on this homepage left hand column.
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:
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:
Pickleball Games on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
    Join in the pickleball play in Trotter Hall from 5:30-8:30  p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 5-8 p.m. on Sundays. Fun for all ages.
May Globe Banks for Congo Missionaries
     Our May globe bank offerings will go to support our missionaries in Congo. Bring coins to worship May 29.  

Disciples Forum Sunday Class
    DVD series on An Overview of Classical Apologetics
    Sundays, 10:15 a.m.
    Wesley Center Rm. 103
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). 
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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