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FUMC Missions

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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 19 collection

 

Sign up for our next Stock the Shelves event

Lamb Center Lunch Ministry

At 9:00am on the fourth Thursday of each month, individuals from Fairfax UMC prepare lunches 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, sign up online or simply drop by the church between 9:00 and 10:00am; no sign-up required! If you have any questions, contact Kyle Johnson at kjohnson@fairfaxumc.org.

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.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

This fall, FUMC offers a free class for beginning English speakers. The class meets in person on Monday evenings, 7:00–8:30pm, from September 26 to December 12. For more information, contact the ESL coordinator, Laura Zotian, at eslatfairfaxumc@gmail.com. For a full list of English classes offered at churches in the area, visit the ESL and Immigrant Ministries site.

FISH

(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 16. The church is collecting new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages, as well as gently used books, coats, and stocking stuffers and new, unused items for the free room. You can also donate $20 Walmart gift cards. Place your gifts in the donation box in the Narthex or bring them by the church office during the week. 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

FUMC is hosting the annual Hypothermia Sheltering February 6–12. 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. Learn more and sign up by clicking here, or contact Kyle Johnson for more info.

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 17. Visit our Global Missions page or contract Andrea for more details.

Rebuilding Together

For our Rebuilding Together project on October 1, FUMC will work with New Hope Housing, a nonprofit that provides temporary housing for homeless families and rehabilitates them through job coaching and equipping them with the skills they need for success. Specifically, we’ll do various types of work on one of their temporary homes, including outdoor gardening and trimming, painting, power washing, minor repair projects, and hardware installation. Come be a part of a team that makes a tangible difference in people’s lives! To sign up, please click here or contact Kyle Johnson at kjohnson@fairfaxumc.org.

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.