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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.

Commonwealth Fairfax

Commonwealth Fairfax is a community church gathering for people who long for witnessing new hope in our fragmented society. We believe this new hope comes through Christ, who calls us together  through being with God, being with one another, and being with our neighbors (local community). Commonwealth is a multicultural community that invites all peoples to the table with love and grace, rather than judgment or fear. We worship every Sunday at 11 am. at Daniels Run Elementary School.

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English as a Second Language (ESL)

We offer six levels of classes on Monday and Wednesday evenings during the fall and winter semesters. Classes range from beginning to advanced English. On Wednesdays from 7-9pm, we offer a Preparatory Citizenship class. There is always a place for more volunteers, including high school students. For more information to enroll or volunteer, contact Judy Blanchard or call 703-591-3120. Fall 2019 Registration and Class Schedule.

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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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.

Rebuilding Together

This nationwide organization provides home repair services free-of-charge to low income families. In 2019, Fairfax United Methodist Church renewed its relationship with Rebuilding Together by providing financial support and a volunteer team on National Rebuilding Day Saturday, April 27. 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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FUMC Youth serve dinner during March 2018 hypothermia sheltering.
FUMC Youth serve dinner during March 2018 hypothermia sheltering.

Hypothermia Sheltering

The 2019 Hypothermia Shelter was a week of fellowship, sharing and calm for our guests. FUMC served over 300 guests during the week. Thanks and gratitude to the over 100 FUMC volunteers who served dinner, offered fellowship, stayed during the evening and overnight shifts, as well as, the breakfast volunteers and clean-up crews. Laura Zotian was the “Captain of all Hypothermia meals” and did an amazing job coordinating all of the food preparation with the various groups! While over 650 meals were served, donations from FUMC members also provided recharges for SmartTrip cards, gas cards and gift cards. Clothing donations were plentiful every day during the week. Our regular volunteers showed up in force and importantly, we also attracted a number of new volunteers. When we open our doors and our hearts to brothers and sisters in need it is ironically we who receive the greatest blessing.

Military Ministry

Our Military Ministry has been able to extend hospitality and support to over 300 soldiers and their families at Walter Reed Fisher Houses and the VA Medical Center in Washington, DC. Currently, we provide support through COSTCO  Cash Cards for families to purchase sheets, towels, diapers and laundry supplies. VISA Gift Cards and movie tickets for an evening out are also offered. Please contact Alan Kriskowski at 703-591-2017.

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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.