FUMC of Arlington



Put simply, outreach and missions bring change. Those we serve find joy in showing hospitality and appreciate the help and encouragement that comes with people serving them. The truth, however, is that the life changed the most, just might be your own. Those who work alongside other believers return to our church with a new respect for Christ, a deeper love for others and a humbler view of themselves.

Below is a small sampling of the organization and projects we engage in locally throughout the year. We challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and step into the purpose of God for the world—to share the love of Christ.

Visit our Upcoming Missions page to see what projects are in the works.

Local Organization and Projects

The Arlington Life Shelter

The Life Shelter is Arlington’s primary homeless shelter. It provides short-term shelter and services that assist the homeless integrate into their own housing and find employment if needed. FUMC of Arlington supports the Life Shelter through two dinner teams and two breakfast teams per month.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Miscellaneous projects throughout the year such as helping process mailings, teaching classes, helping with the children, etc. 
  • To volunteer for other projects please call: 817-548-9885

Arlington Urban Ministries

Collaboration by Arlington United Methodist churches to provide assistance to those in transition or crisis through financial assistance, emergency food and toiletries and spiritual support.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Assist in the AUM office with clerical duties or seeing clients
  • Organize a food drive
  • Assist FUMC of Arlington as we participate in decorating stockings and stuffing them at Christmas.
  • To volunteer, please visit their website and fill out the volunteer application.

First Fridays

A program designed to provide an evening of respite for parents of special needs children once a month. A team of volunteers provides childcare the first Friday of each month while parents enjoy a night out with friends and family or tend to home needs.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Be a playmate to a special needs child or sibling
  • Provide a meal for the volunteers
  • Provide special entertainment such as storytelling, music, magic tricks, etc.
  • Volunteer coordinator: Rachel Patman 817-274-2571

Habitat for Humanity

An ecumenical partnership of God’s people in building affordable houses to help strengthen neighborhoods. Both FUMC of Arlington as a whole, as well as individual Sunday school classes, participate in Habitat projects during the year.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Construction—build on a worksite
  • Assist with special events
  • Help in the office with clerical duties
  • Volunteer Coordinator for Habitat: Angela Bills 817-926-9219 x105
  • Volunteer Coordinator for the church: Michelle Clark 817-274-2571 ext 229

Backpack Buddies

Backpack buddies is a feeding program for students at Wimbish Elementary.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Help shop every six weeks
  • Pack backpacks on a rotating schedule
  • Gently used backpacks are needed and can be dropped off in the church office


Other Ways to Get Involved

  • Volunteer with Big Hope
  • Join upcoming mission projects by contacting Michelle Clark, mission and outreach coordinator
  • Volunteer with HOPE Tutoring
  • Read for 30 minutes a week with underperforming children
  • Create an after school program for children at a local school
  • Host a special meal for church neighbors 
  • Volunteer at the Arlington Memorial hospital
  • Teach an ESL class at Arlington Reads
  • Volunteer with our Boy Scouts troop
  • Do home repair for shut-ins or persons with a handicapping condition
  • Bring a neighbor to church and then take them to lunch