First United Methodist Church of Ventura
Tuesday, July 07, 2015


    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.
     Worship on Sunday, June 28
       - Traditional service at 9 a.m. in the sanctuary.
      - Contemporary service at 11 a.m. in the chapel.
      - No Sunday School for children and youth offered at
           either service.
      - No child care provided at either service.
      - Children, babies and youth are to remain in worship.
     Sun., July 12, 10 a.m., Arroyo Verde Park, Ventura.
        - There will not be any worship services held in the 
         sanctuary or chapel. Instead the congregation will
         gather at 10 a.m. at Arroyo Verde Park in Ventura for
         an outdoor worship time followed by an all-day retreat.
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:
July Globe Banks for Family to Family
     Our July globe bank offerings will go to the Family to Family meal program in Ventura.  Bring your globe banks to worship for collection on Sunday, July 26.  
Church in the Park and Day Retreat
Sunday, July 12, 10 a.m. to dusk
Redwood Glen Area
Ventura’s Arroyo Verde Park
Theme: Exploring Identity

    We will have a church service in the morning with a barbecue to follow.
    The afternoon will be filled with different events on exploring identity. This is a great opportunity to worship in a new way and to spend a great day with your church family.
Vacation Bible School, July 13-17
G-Force: God's Love in Action
    We'd love for your children to participate in this year's Vacation Bible School of G-Force: God's Love in Action geared for children in kindergarten through 5th grade. VBS will be held Monday-Friday, July 13-17, from 8:45 a.m.-12 noon, on the church campus. Registration forms may be picked up in the church office or downloaded from this website's home page, lower left-hand column.
“Teach Only Love . . . for That Is What You Are.”
                         A Course in Miracles

  Thursdays and Fridays from 1:00 - 2:30 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
   The sanctuary main floor seating area is 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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