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 108

A safe and fun class for special needs children to attend on Sunday mornings to learn about and experience the Love of God. Other family members can enjoy 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. In addition to weekly Bible lessons, they participate in mission activities such as providing holiday meals for families in need, giving the church a beautiful live nativity scene before Christmas, and leading the church in the Your Change Can Change the World campaign during the season of Lent.

First Fridays Respite Program

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.

A Look Ahead Conference

The A Look Ahead Quarterly Conference Series brings together expert speakers for training focused on improving the lives of individuals with disabilities, the people who support them, and the community at large. Topics will vary quarterly. Conference paticipants will leave with information and resources they can use now and in the future. Conference fee is $10, with lunch included. To register or for more information visit the A Look Ahead website online.

2019 Dates:

  • Saturday, February 9
  • Saturday, May 11
  • Saturday, August 10
  • Saturday, November 9

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

June 23-25 | 6:00-8:00 pm | 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 highlights the participants and volunteers of our Special Needs Ministry during worship with some members of this ministry assisting during worship as ushers.

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.