At SDUMC, we believe that it is OUR responsibility to “clear the way” for you to come to church. We want you to be able to experience the great music, encouraging messages, friendly people and enjoyable atmosphere that are a part of SDUMC. And we know that your first time at a church, any church, brings up some questions. Below is a quick look at what you can expect when you come to SDUMC.

We hope this helps you to get a welcoming first look at SDUMC, but we realize that this is just a web site. The best way to find out all that’s here for you and your family is to visit us.




How do I get there?  San Dieguito United Methodist Church is conveniently located just off the 5 freeway in Encinitas. Situated on a hill just a half mile from Moonlight Beach. Our address is 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas, CA 92024   Directions:From I-5 exit Encinitas Blvd and turn East, Turn Right on Calle Magdalena  and proceed to parking lot on right.  Go to the top

What should I wear at SDUMC?  Wear what’s comfortable! We’re more concerned with meeting real life needs than with what you wear. So, dress casually and you’ll fit right in!

How do I know were to go?  You will find a welcome tent in front of the church with information about our church and its ministries. A welcome team is available to answer any questions. If you need more information at any point during your visit, just look for someone wearing an “Ask Me” nametag. .

What is a typical service like at SDUMC?  At SDUMC you’ll notice a casual atmosphere and people of all ages and walks of life. A host will welcome you when you arrive on campus and give you a bulletin, which includes church announcements and other helpful information. You can sit wherever you’re comfortable and if you ever need help finding a seat, an usher would be more than happy to help you!

SDUMC is a great place for children and teens!  Our weekend children and teen programs are the perfect place for children from birth through 12th grade. The staff and volunteers create a safe, fun atmosphere in which children and teens can learn Bible stories and participate in age-appropriate worship.

The children and teens at SDUMC have a place to call their own! Our goal for each weekend service is to create an environment that would both be educational and entertaining. We plan to capture your child’s imagination, intrigue them and set them on a course of discovery.

When your child/teen arrives on our campus, they will be greeted by one of our Children’s/Teen Ministry volunteers. These leaders have completed an extensive orientation and training program, been carefully screened and are committed to the safety of your child.

Click Here to find out more information about our Children’s Programs and Teen Programs and what to expect during our weekend services.

Do you have a nursery?  Our nursery is adjacent to the worship area and is available for infants and toddlers to age 3. Our childcare staff is attentive and nurturing, so attend worship knowing that your young ones are in good hands. (Our childcare staff are experienced caregivers who have completed background checks.)

What is music like at SDUMC?  Music has the power to speak to the heart! Since we all have hearts that thrive on encouragement and that need to be energized – the music at SDUMC is encouraging and energizing. We want you to get a lift and not a letdown when you come to church!

We all like different styles of music, so you will experience several music styles in a worship service. This time is set aside for communicating with God from our hearts.

Do I have to give money to SDUMC?  If you are new to SDUMC, please don’t feel any pressure to give. People will never be pressured to give money here, but regular attenders and members are encouraged to invest in the work of ministry at SDUMC by generously sharing from their God-given resources. The offerings which we receive during our services support the many ministries of our church and gives SDUMC the means to reach more people for Christ in the future.

What are the sermons and messages like at SDUMC?  Every weekend, you will hear a relevant, straightforward message that is based on Scripture and is designed to be helpful in your everyday life. We want you to be able to say that what we talked about on the weekend gave you something that could help you on Monday, in your family, at your work, with your life.

Will I understand the message even if I don’t know much about the Bible?  At the core of it all this is the fact that God has made all of us to live lives focused on glorifying Him. It’s not about religion, it’s about a relationship with God. It’s not about pretending that we’re perfect, it’s about a God who is willing to give His grace to grow us. We trust that these messages will help you develop a growing, vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ and provide a strong biblical foundation for your life.

What if I come from a different faith background?  Our messages are prepared to connect with people’s lives by using the ageless wisdom of Scripture and presenting it in a creative, yet straight-forward way. The services are designed to be easily understood by individuals checking out what it really means to have a personal relationship with Jesus as well as those who have been committed Christ-followers for many years. We hope you’ll find our services to be very helpful in your personal spiritual growth.

Your denominational background isn’t what’s important. Together, we focus on biblical truth and teachings, and pursuing an active relationship with Jesus Christ. You don’t have to be a member of a specific religious denomination to do that.

How do I get involved at SDUMC?  Attending weekend services is a great start, but we hope you’ll move beyond being just part of our weekend crowd. You can further your faith, meet people and learn more about life as a Christ-follower by getting involved in one of our adult programs

What if I’m not even sure I believe in God?  If you haven’t made a decision to accept Christ, but would like to know more about it, you’re definitely heading in the right direction! We’re excited that you’re asking questions about spiritual things and how they might relate to your life. You are welcome to explore answers to your questions here.

Be sure to visit our Welcome Tent and talk to one of a variety of people available to answer your questions and provide you with printed resources on the ministries and events at our church.  Browse the rest of the website for even more information.  The top and bottom navigation bars will guide you to information on our many programs and ministries available.

You may still have more questions. Please feel free to call us anytime 760. 753.6582 or e-mail:  We’ll be happy to take the time to answer any question you may have.  Better yet, why not visit us this weekend and see for yourself what a great place SDUMC can be!