Fostering a community committed to engaging in spiritual growth through study, fellowship, and service.

Small Groups

New Summer Small Groups are here!

We encourage every person at FMCSB to be part of 3 core things: worship, service, and a small group.  

So many good things happen when people gather to seek God together: we deepen our faith, our knowledge of the Bible increases, we build community, and we are encouraged in our daily walk with Jesus.  Many people choose one of our groups or one in the community. . . our prayer is that you find one where you can be yourself as you grow in your faith. 

If you have questions, or would like some help in finding the most appropriate group for you, please contact Pastor T.J. Breshears (, 805-965-1338 ext. 225).


Christian education is a life-long endeavor. At Encounter, we hope to provide a forum for discussion, questions, and teaching. Our aims are to encounter God, encounter his Word, encounter others, encounter yourself, and encounter a bigger picture.

We meet at 11:00 on Sunday mornings in the Upper Fellowship Room.

The current theme is "Justice and Creation Care." You can go to our media page to listen to some of our recent classes. 

Women's Events

Women’s breakfasts, lunches, desserts and events including our spring retreat are to foster fellowship, encourage faith, and provide spaces for outreach. Continue to follow our News and Events page and email newsletter for times and dates, or contact Astrid Guenthart ( or Ruthie Sutherland ( for more information! 

Men's Events
Our yearly retreat for spiritual growth and fellowship is held in the Fall.  

Our Men’s Morning Study is open to join at any time. This group meets at Mesa Café at 6:45 a.m. on Tuesdays in the Mesa Shopping Center for breakfast with the Bible!

The Foundry


It’s a forum for spiritual formation at FMCSB. The Foundry melds Sunday worship, spiritual disciplines and twice-monthly home groups - all aimed at fostering an authentic and deliberate walk with Christ and each other.


Simply put, we want to create a micro community within the church to encourage discipleship and life together, which will in turn inform how we engage with the world outside the church. Through smaller intimate worship services, home group gatherings to talk through our faith and our lives, and encouraging one another in spiritual disciplines, we’ll all move closer to understanding “how do I live this Christian life?” 

So, what are the key elements?

Sunday worship: We’ve created our own intimate Sunday worship experience for two Sundays a month. We’ll sing, read, practice and encourage one another in spiritual disciplines, pray for one another, and share from scripture. 

Twice monthly home groups: We gather in small groups of roughly ten people to discuss what we are reading, and to pray, eat, talk, and be cared for in a small group format. We also consider together how we can best translate all we are learning into our engagement with neighbor and the wider world.

Multi-generational: We want The Foundry to be as diverse as possible. FMCSB provides childcare and child education as needed.

For How long do people commit to the foundry?

Recognizing that spiritual formation does not happen in a weekend, we are seeking a commitment for 11 months. The current cohort began in February 2017 and will continue until Christmas 2017.

For further information, please contact Jim Wright: or 805-618-1468.

Bible Reading Plans

God's Word is a perfect avenue to explore the ways God has worked in history and the ways He promises to be active in our own lives. Here are a few guides for reading through parts or all of the Bible.

Upcoming Events - adults

See all upcoming events on our News and Events tab.