Enter Our Sanctuary, Be Yourself.

No Dress Code Required. Feel the Comfort of Pews, Bask in Stained Glass Glow, and Be Serenaded by the Organ. Tradition and Warmth Await in Our Relaxed Atmosphere. Join Us in Song, Prayer, Scripture, and Reflection.


341 S Kalmia St. Escondido, CA 92025


341 S Kalmia St. Escondido, CA 92025

What To Expect at Sanctuary

What is Sunday Worship Like?

Our aim is to create a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere where everyone feels welcome and accepted. We believe in the beauty of gathering together as a community to worship, pray, and learn from Scripture.

Our worship typically begins with everyone coming together to sing uplifting songs, read and reflect on Scripture as a community, and join together for a time of communion. This collective time allows us to connect with each other and with our faith in a meaningful way.

What Does Sanctuary Believe?

Sanctuary is part of the First United Methodist Church of Escondido. The United Methodist Church is a global denomination that opens hearts, opens minds and opens doors through active engagement with our world. The mission of The United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. To learn more click here.

Do You Get Together During the Week?

We believe spiritual growth happens best when you are journeying along with others in authentic and thoughtful relationship. Groups meet in homes, coffee shops, and the church. Take the next step to join one of our groups by clicking here.


Is There Anything for Children?

Of course! Alongside our Sunday service starting at 9am, we also provide a nursery for our youngest members, ages 0 to 3 years old. Parents can rest assured that their little ones will be cared for in a safe and nurturing environment while they participate in the main service. Within the sanctuary space, we’ve created a dedicated kids’ area with exciting activities to bring joy to our little ones’ faces during the service. Join us for a fulfilling and inclusive experience for the whole family!

Additionally, at 10am, we offer “Godly Play,” a special children’s service for ages 3 to 6th grade, where kids can engage with biblical stories and activities tailored just for them.

Learn more about our Godly Play here.

Is Sanctuary an Inclusive Space?

The world is a divided place. Sadly, the church often feeds this spirit instead of putting us back together. Rise is committed to doing better. One of the big issues of division in the church today is around the welcome, inclusion, and co-powerment of LGBTQ+ persons.

We want to be clear because a lot of churches aren’t.

We are a faith community where LGBTQ+ persons are welcomed, wanted, and empowered. Rise is committed to the full inclusion, at all levels of involvement from worship to small groups to church leadership, of LGBTQ+ persons and all persons seeking to live life with God.