FUMC of Arlington

Caring and Support


The Congregational Care Ministry provides compassionate, caring concern through personal service to members of our church family and community who have special needs. You may be interested in participating in one of our various areas of service.

Faith Community Health Program

First United Methodist Church in Arlington has a partnership with Texas Health Resources in a Faith Community Health Program. This program recognizes the importance of taking care of the whole human being – mind, body and spirit. Through this partnership, our church will have access to wellness and prevention programs, presentations on health topics by healthcare professionals, caregiver support and resources as well as health assessments and screenings. Classes and support groups offered at Texas Health Resources Arlington Memorial are open to the public. Check out the list with the link below.


First Prayers

Each Sunday, we bring prayers before our congregation for families that have experienced a loss, as well as those that want to share their joy about the birth of a baby. Call the church office if you have a prayer to add to First Prayers. If you would like to view the most recent prayers, click the button below; it is updated daily.


We invite you to be a volunteer in our caring ministries. Our volunteers work in small groups or as individuals to provide for the needs of our congregation through:

  • Visiting homebound members
  • Providing a meal
  • Visiting at hospitals
  • Performing small fix-up jobs
  • Providing occasional transportation
  • Making caring calls
  • Writing caring notes

If you’re interested in volunteering in any of these areas, please contact Sharla Martin.

Stephen Ministry

Offers ongoing one-on-one spiritual care and support for persons who are experiencing illness, grief, divorce and other life difficulties. 

For more information please visist our Stephen Ministry page.

Support Groups

We offer various kinds of support groups both at the church and in our community.

For more information please visist our Support Groups page.

The Intercessory Prayer Ministry

We invite you to become a part of the ministry by spending one hour of your time weekly in the Prayer Room praying for others. The Intercessory Prayer Ministry respects the individual’s privacy while praying for all requests received. You may submit a written prayer request using the confidential cards in the church office or by calling the prayer line listed below. 

Our Intercessory Prayer Line is 817-860-1083.

You may also email us your prayer requests.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry prepares hand knitted, crocheted and fabric prayer shawls for those who have an extended illness or are recovering from surgery. You are invited to become a member of that ministry by attending a monthly meeting on the fourth Friday of the month at 10:00 am in Room 153. You do not need to know how to knit to be a part of this ministry.


For many of our members and their families, First United Methodist Church of Arlington is a crucial part of their lives.

As members of this community of faith, we are drawn closer to God and each other. As we grow in our faith through the sacrament of baptism, participating in worship, singing in the choir and serving God, we share some of the most important experiences of our lives.

So it is only natural that the church—which is a cornerstone of the city’s history—be the final resting place for those who choose it. Just steps away from the Sanctuary and Vandergriff Chapel, the columbarium will provide a sacred space for our loved ones.

This holy place will offer a peaceful setting for prayer, meditation, thanksgiving and remembering. For more information, visit the columbarium page.


Sharla Martin
Parish Visitor for Pastoral Care