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Missions 2021

Be a part of what we love to do

We Need Your Help

At Fairfax UMC, we have various missions and ministry opportunities to serve both locally and globally. It is our belief that by serving, we are sharing God’s love and creating disciples to transform the world. Throughout the year, there are ministries that give back to the community through fresh grocery delivery, hot meals, English classes and emergency assistance. All ages are encouraged to participate.

Stock the Shelves

Fill-the-Van is now Stock the Shelves! As this ministry has grown since its creation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have added a fully-equipped ongoing food pantry to our building. You can help Stock the Shelves of that pantry on the third Saturday of each month from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Participants may drive under the church portico and drop off needed pantry staples for families experiencing food scarcity in our area.  You don’t even have to get out of your car–the volunteers take groceries right out of your vehicle!


Supplies needed for November 20 collection


Sign up for our next Stock the Shelves event

FACETS Hot Meals

On the first and third Fridays of each month, FACETS volunteers prepare and deliver hot meals to over 125 individuals and families who are homeless in our community. Please contact Jim Conklin to assist with this critical ministry.

Lamb Center Lunch Ministry

On the fourth Thursday of each month, individuals from Fairfax UMC provide lunch for the guests of the Lamb Center. The Lamb Center is a local ministry that provides important services to the local homeless population such as meals, showers, clothing and other social services. If you would like to participate in the Lamb Center Lunch Ministry please use the link below to sign up. If you have any questions, contact Kyle Johnson at kjohnson@fairfaxumc.org.



Mobile Ministry

Through our mobile ministry, FUMC provides supplemental food to 20 families in the Fairfax City and Falls Church High School area. The church is delivering fresh groceries to food insecure households every other Saturday from June 12th to October 16th. Your help is needed to serve!  Volunteer roles include drivers, bag assemblers, and deliverers. The time commitment ranges from 1 hour to 3 hours depending on your choice of roles. This has been a crucial ministry provided by our church and is a great way to serve individually or as a family! If you’re interested, you can sign up at the link below.


Sign up for the Mobile Ministry!

English as a Second Language (ESL)

ESL classes at Fairfax UMC are expected to resume in late January. Our church works with Christ Lutheran Evangelical Lutheran Church to provide ESL classes for those who need them. These classes include beginning, intermediate, and advanced English, as well as a citizenship class. All classes are free and are do not use textbooks. Each class emphasizes conversation and speaking. For more information, contact eslatfairfaxumc@gmail.com or call or email Fairfax United Methodist church.


(For Immediate Sympathetic Help) Volunteers coordinate assistance for life’s necessities: food, clothing, rent assistance, utility bills and prescriptions. Please contact Tony Almond to assist with this ministry.

Seasonal Missions

Holiday Market

Holiday Market is a wonderful ministry our church initiated three years ago and it has found a special place in the hearts of the church and the community at Christmas! This year the Holiday Market is on December 17. Beginning November 12, the church is collecting new, unwrapped toys and gently used books for kids 0 to 17 years old, as well as gently used coats for all ages, and $20 Walmart gift cards. In addition, if you have new, unused gifts appropriate for adults, a “free” room for these items is being set up to repurpose the items you may prefer not to use yourself. This is a church-wide mission event with lots of hands needed to make this a success. A sign-up sheet is available here for you to reserve one or more hour-long volunteer slots. Let us bless others in this blessed time of year.

Hypothermia Sheltering

Winter is a particularly challenging season for the homeless community and the shelter we offer provides a brief respite that saves lives. Volunteers prepare meals, clean, secure the area and provide overnight shelter for our guests. To help support this vulnerable community, please email Brian Cute.

Mission to Honduras

Our mission teams have built dormitory and teaching space, practiced English with teachers and students through music and crafts, and visited local homes and farms. If you feel a calling to experience a short-term mission trip to Honduras or just want to know more, please contact Andrea Kennedy.


We are excited to be planning another trip to Honduras the week of July 24. Visit our Global Missions page or contract Andrea for more details.

Rebuilding Together

This organization makes safety and health-related repairs to the properties of low-income homeowners in Arlington, Fairfax, and Falls Church. On October 2, 2021, Fairfax Church is participating in a rescheduled National Rebuilding Day. This year, the church is working on 2 group homes (a block apart) in the Reston area. The houses need some painting done, general maintenance, and gardening. If you can work a shovel or identify the “best side of a plant”, you can do what we need. Please email Mary McDaniel or call 703-385-2149 to participate in this rewarding and vital ministry.

UMCOR Relief Ministry

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), is dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. Groups and individuals (all ages) are needed to plan, assemble, and distribute items such as backpacks, hygiene kits, and flood buckets. To volunteer, please contact Christie Johnson.