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Local Outreach

Be the Hands and Feet of Christ in our Community

To serve in our local ministries, please contact Kyle Johnson.

Mobile Ministry

Fairfax UMC recognizes the current crisis due to COVID-19 is impacting many of our neighbors’ ability to meet basic needs. Due to a generous donation, the church is providing supplemental fresh food to 30 families in the Fairfax City and Falls Church High School attendance areas. Volunteers are delivering $50 worth of fresh groceries directly to their homes every other Saturday. The church needs your help to get it done! Volunteer roles include: drivers, pick up, bag assemblers, and delivery. Time commitment varies from 1 to 3 hours depending on the role. If you would like to know more about this initiative or know of other families in immediate need of food, please contact Kyle Johnson.

Fill-the-Van

Our Fill-the-Van initiative began in response to a need in our local community. Due to the economic impact of Covid-19, the community experienced an increase in the need for food resources and other support for local families and assistance to food banks. Every other Saturday from 12:00pm-3:00pm, the church provides a drive-by collection for everyone to participate! Please bring food and other donations to the church.  As you enter the church parking lot, volunteers receive donations from your vehicle. Thank you for assisting our neighbors in need during this time! Please contact Kyle Johnson with any questions.

FACETS

On the first and third Fridays of each month, FACETS volunteers from FUMC prepare and deliver hot meals for families and individuals who are homeless in our community. Please contact Jim Conklin to assist with this critical ministry. Volunteers to cook and deliver the meals are always needed.

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Fairfax FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help)

This volunteer, non-profit ecumenical outreach organization provides funds and volunteers to serve the needy and the elderly in the greater Fairfax City area with life’s necessities: food, clothing, financial assistance for delinquent rent, mortgage, utility bills and prescriptions. Requests for assistance are coordinated through Fairfax County Department of Human Services. Fairfax UMC is one of the founding churches of Fairfax FISH and continues to provide leadership and support. Please contact Tony Almond to assist with this ministry.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Fall 2020 English classes are offered online only.  Our church is working with Christ Lutheran Evangelical Lutheran Church to provide online classes two evenings each week from 7:00pm-8:00pm on Wednesday and Thursday evenings starting September 16. Classes are free and are not using textbooks. Each class emphasizes conversation and speaking. On Wednesdays from 7:00pm-8:00pm the Citizenship Class is offered for intermediate and advanced speakers. For information or to register, contact judyblanchard47@gmail.com.

 

Fall 2020 Registration and Class Schedule.

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Hypothermia Sheltering

This is an opportunity to open our doors to our brothers and sisters in need. Winter is a particularly challenging season for the homeless community and the shelter we offer provides a brief respite that saves lives. Each night, between 40 to 60 guests are provided shelter, safety, fellowship, dinner and breakfast the following morning. Each year volunteers from FUMC come to prepare meals, clean, secure the area and provide overnight shelter to ensure the safety of our guests. If you have never volunteered to serve in this way, consider sharing your love and support with this vulnerable community. Sign up at http://bit.ly/fumc-hypothermia. If you would like to add your name, or if you have any questions, please email Brian Cute.

Rebuilding Together

National Rebuilding Day, which was scheduled for April 27 and postponed due to COVID-19, is not taking place in 2020. That’s the bad news. The good news is that 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.

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Holiday Market

The Holiday Market focuses on Providence Elementary families and others in the immediate area surrounding our church that need support for Christmas. We offer the parent(s) an evening to come and receive a free, new, unwrapped age-appropriate toy for each of their children and then some gently used books and coats to add to their holiday gift-giving and a gift card for a turkey or ham dinner. An endowment gift from the church provides the turkey and ham. Supervised activities and a light meal for the children to enjoy while parents shop are offered. Also, a free gift wrap room for the parents to festively wrap their child’s toy is available. Lots of hands are needed to make this mission event a success. Please contact Leslie Carter to become a volunteer and to bless others at this blessed time of year.

Fairfax Church also serves in partnerships with local community organizations

For more information, please contact Kyle Johnson.

New Life International UMC

New Life International United Methodist Church (NLI), a new Ghanaian church meeting at FUMC, has been a wonderful partner at Fairfax Church.  Since its beginning , NLI Church has provided some important reminders about what makes us vital, healthy, and growth oriented as a local church and a denomination. NLI Church is being blessed by God and prospering through intentional Bible Study and prayer as their new church is launched.  Fairfax Church is privileged to provide space and meet our own goal to “partner with an ethnic congregation within our facilities”.

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The Lamb Center

This is a weekday shelter for people in our community who are homeless. The center offers showers, laundry services, meals, chapel services and more. If you would like to participate in FUMC’s monthly meal delivery, contact Sue Almond for more information.