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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.

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)

This fall, FUMC offers a class for beginning English speakers. The class meets in person on Monday evenings, 7:00–8:30pm, from September 26 to December 12. The class is free, and registration is now open at this link. Registration closes on September 23. 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.

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

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.

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.



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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!