FUMC of Arlington

Special Needs


FUMC of Arlington surpasses the usual worship service, Bible study and fellowship opportunities with an exceptional focus on families with special needs members. We understand that each family has individual needs and it is our goal to meet those needs.

Sunday School Classes

Shining Stars

Sundays | 11 am–12 pm | Ages 3–12 | Room 153

A safe and fun class for special needs children to attend on Sunday mornings. Other family members can enjoy the Sunday school classes offered at 11:00, or may choose to attend one of two worship services held during this time. Parents must notify us each week that their child will be attending so that we can match up volunteers to the child’s needs. Please contact Rev. Kay Lancaster no later than the Thursday before the Sunday you wish for your child to attend. 

Amazing Grace

Sundays | 9:30–10:30 am | Teenagers & Adults

Amazing Grace members have a heart for serving others. They provide holiday meals for families in need and give the church a beautiful live nativity scene every year. The class also leads the church in the Your Change Can Change the World campaign.

Small Group

Amazing Grace Small Group

Sunday Evenings | Teenagers & Adults

Amazing Grace Small Group is for youth and adults that meets along with the other student ministries groups on Sunday evenings. Members participate in Bible studies and mission projects throughout the year.

First Fridays Respite Program

First Fridays

First Fridays is a program that provides an evening of respite for parents of special needs children once a month at no charge.

A team of volunteers provide childcare for special needs children and their siblings on the first Friday evening of the month while their parents enjoy a night out.

We maintain a one-to-one ratio with the special needs children to ensure safety and individualized care. We have one or more nurses to assist with medical-related tasks, as well as other volunteers who enjoy playing with the siblings.

Each child has the opportunity to play in a group or by themselves based upon their needs and preferences. We offer music, crafts, gym time, quiet activities, movies and special entertainment.

You can also check out a great video from MyArlingtonTX's Dream Builders series, featuring our First Friday program.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Rev. Kay Lancaster or call 817-274-2571.

Annual Events

Amazing Grace Live Nativity

Come and walk through the Manger Scene performed by our very own Amazing Grace members. The nativity is performed one Sunday in December each year in Room 153.

Special Needs VBS

Summer 2019 | School-Aged Children, Teenagers & Adults

An evening-based Vacation Bible School for our special needs children, teenagers, and adults. With a one-on-one caregiver, participants rotate through a variety of activites, including music, art, story time, and games.

Special Needs Sunday

Open to All Special Needs Members

Held one Sunday morning a year, Special Needs Sunday incorporates the entire church congregation. This event integrates special needs ministries in the sermon, music and scripture, and special needs children and adults participate in the services. 

Your Change Can Change the World Lenten Offering

Each year, Amazing Grace Sunday School sponsors a Lenten offering at the church called Your Change Can Change the World. The congregation is encouraged to collect change from their pockets at the end of the day in cups provided by Amazing Grace. These cups are brought to the church each Sunday during Lent and are received and counted by the class. Amazing Grace selects a mission project to fund with the money collected.