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
  • Work on a food team, make sandwiches

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.
  • Mobile food pantry, once a month

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: Rev. Kay Lancaster 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


Other Ways to Get Involved in Arlington

  • Volunteer with Big Hope, be a lunch buddy at Webb elementary school by eating, talking, ready, and encouraging an at-risk student.
  • Join upcoming mission projects by contacting Michelle Clark, mission and outreach coordinator
  • Work with the children at the Life Shelter with reading and evening activities while parents are in classes.
  • Bake cookies and make placemats for Kairos Prison Ministry that participate in four weekends per year at the men’s and women’s prisons.
  • Assist at the Christian Women’s Job Corps by mentoring a participant, helping out in the office, leading or assisting in the classroom, helping with technology – there is something for everyone!
  • Go on a short-term trip to the south Texas coast to help rebuild after Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
  • Build with Habitat for Humanity or provide food for volunteers that are working to provide affordable housing to families in Tarrant, Johnson, and Erath counties.
  • Partner with Project Transformation team at FUMC to provide meals or be a summer reading buddy for a week for struggling students trying to improve their reading.
  • Connect with the Wesley Foundation student ministry at the University of Texas at Arlington. Provide a meal for worship night, “adopt” a student not from this area, assist pastor with special projects.
  • Be a Clinic Day Volunteer at Justice for our Neighbors. Do you have good people skills and an interest in meeting people from foreign lands? Can you provide a warm welcome while at the same time collecting very personal and confidential information? Help 1 or 2 times per month on a weekday for 3 or 6 hours (morning or afternoon… or both!) Days of Service: Second Wednesday at Genesis United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, Second Thursday at Arapaho United Methodist Church, and Second Saturday at First United Methodist Church Grapevine.
  • Help receive and sort food at Arlington Charities.
  • Drive for Meals on Wheels and connect with local elderly or disabled who need the nutrition and friendship.
  • Sing, play the piano, do crafts at a nearby nursing facility