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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.

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Hypothermia Sheltering

Fairfax UMC is hosting the 2022 Hypothermia Shelter on February 6–12. Winter is an especially challenging season for the homeless community, and the shelter this ministry offers provides a brief respite that saves lives. Between 40 to 60 guests each night are provided shelter, safety, fellowship, dinner and breakfast the following morning. Due to COVID concerns, only FACETS staff will have direct contact with the evening guests, but you can still share love and care for our guests in several other ways. The church needs groups or individuals to set up in the afternoons before guests arrive, to prepare evening meals, and to provide breakfast items. In addition, the program needs donated items such as clothing, snacks, and funds to purchase bus passes ($18 each) and gas cards ($20 each). You can explore volunteer opportunities and sign up to help at this link: signupgenius.com/go/70A0B48A4A72FA0F85-fairfax. Contact Kyle Johnson at kjohnson@fairfaxumc.org with any questions. Thank you for your help and support!

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!




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FACETS Hot Meals

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.

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.

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English as a Second Language (ESL)

Fairfax United Methodist Church works with Christ Lutheran Evangelical Lutheran Church to provide ESL classes for those who need them. The Winter/Spring 2022 session of ESL classes at FUMC runs February 9 through April 27. Classes meet virtually on Wednesday evenings at 7:00–8:30pm. Registration is available by clicking here and closes February 1. Available classes include beginning, intermediate, and advanced English, as well as a citizenship class.There is a $30 fee for each class, which covers the cost of the book(s). Each class emphasizes conversation and speaking. For more information, contact eslatfairfaxumc@gmail.com or call or email Fairfax United Methodist church. If you are interested in volunteering to help with the ESL program, please complete the ESL Volunteer form.

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.


If you need assistance from FISH, please contact the Office of Coordinated Services Planning “CSP” at 1-703-222-0880.


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, 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.

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.


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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.