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Missions 2021

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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.

Fill-the-Van

The Fill-the-Van Food Ministry was begun in response to the growing need for food in our community due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On the third Saturday of each month from 12-3pm, 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 June 19 collection

 

Sign up for our next Fill-the-Van event

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!

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.

 

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE LAMB CENTER MINISTRY

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)

Fairfax United Methodist Church (FUMC) and Christ Lutheran Evangelical Church (CLEC) are working together to offer free, online English classes. Beginner, intermediate and advanced conversation classes are offered. For details, please contact Judy Blanchard.

 

The ESL class schedule for Fall 2021 has not yet been set. Please check back in August for an update!

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 two 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 18. Identified parents in our community have the opportunity to pick out a new toy for each of their children. Each family also receives a small gift card and a coupon for a Butterball turkey. Donations of new, unwrapped toys, gently used coats and books, Walmart gift cards, and monetary donations are also needed.  All donations may be dropped off in the church office. These gifts go directly to families at the Holiday Market.

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

Our local Rebuilding Together affiliate has begun handling small projects in Arlington, Fairfax, and Falls Church. Teams are limited to 4 or 5 people. Safety protocols are being tested before larger projects are scheduled. During the spring and summer, Rebuilding Together conducted significant outreach to previous project recipients to provide some companionship. As needed, they provided hygiene and cleaning products. They hope to be able to resume a full project schedule in 2021. To learn more about how you can support this ministry in the future, contact Mary McDaniel or call her at 703-385-2149.

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.