Area Outreach

Trinity United Methodist Church is a very Christian service-oriented family of believers. Below are descriptions of the many ways in which our members find themselves called by God to be in service as a witness for Jesus Christ to others. 

Trinity is known as a praying church for sure. So many times prayers have been answered and miracles seen with these prayers.
The Cover the Badge program is sponsored by the Arlington Police Department and many churches of all denominations.

Dottie Johnson has a list of Officers from the Arlington Police Department. You simply pick a name and commit to pray for that Officer for a year.

Let’s keep those men and women who keep Arlington safe covered with prayer each day. If you have questions, please contact Dottie Johnson.

Are you or someone you know experiencing the loss of a treasured pet? Grief is a normal, healthy and natural response to loss. Join us for a Pet Grief Session where you can express feelings of loss in a safe supportive environment where you can listen to others tell their story or share your personal experience.

Pet Grief Sessions are held at Arlington Animal Services on the 4th Saturday of each month from

2:00-4:00 PM. If you have any questions, please contact Dottie Johnson.

Trinity has entered into a partnership with local ministries of The Gideons International to offer a special “Tribute Card” program and Bible donation. In the East Corridor by the Sanctuary, and in the South Gallery by the Activity Center, you will find wall display racks housing a variety of Gideon “Expressions Tribute” greeting cards. The greeting cards include “In Memory” cards, where you can dedicate Bibles and New Testaments as an expression of love and sympathy; “In Recognition” cards, to honor a friend or loved one by dedicating Bibles or New Testaments for special occasions; and “Thinking of You” cards to let someone know he or she is on your mind and in your prayers as you dedicate Bibles or New Testaments in their name. These “Tribute” cards acknowledge your gifts of Bibles and Testaments sent all over the world through Gideons International.

Trinity will continue playing softball with the City of Arlington. If you have ever played, or never played, we encourage you to come out and join us.  You are not too old, and you don’t have to be a slugger!  It is a great way to build a community within Trinity.  For more information contact Brent Pilgrim or call the church office at 817.274.1345.

Trinity’s BackPack Ministry serves Arlington ISD elementary children in need with seven meals a week, provided each Friday during the school year.  All items must be non-perishable, individually wrapped or single serving items that require very little preparation.  Items need to be easy open pop type that do not need refrigeration, no frozen items. 

Drop food items in the BackPack Ministry carts near the north and south entry doors.  Food is distributed by volunteers from Trinity throughout the year.

Join a group of Trinity’s committed and compassionate members whose passion is to offer Christ through the construction of homes for the needy. Trinity’s Habitat for Humanity Building Team has been involved in the construction of three Habitat homes. Team Leader, Doug Christianson, says, “Building a Habitat house is a wonderful local mission that truly changes the lives of new homeowners and their families for years to come.” For more information, contact Doug Christianson or the church office at 817.274.1345.

Trinity United Methodist Church, as a part of its mission outreach into the community, supports the Arlington Life Shelter. ALS provides shelter, training, and counseling to those in our community who are temporarily homeless to help them become self-sufficient again. The Shelter relies on over forty Arlington faith organizations to provide volunteers who assist in its operation. Trinity members prepare and serve a wholesome dinner to shelter residents on the first Friday night every month. During the past year, Trinity members have contributed well over 500 hours in volunteerism, as well as over $2,500 in food, to the Shelter. For more information, please contact Brian Dietz or the church office at 817.274.1345.

In January of 2012, Trinity began offering financial support to Dieudonne Karihano, a United Methodist missionary serving in Cambine, Mozambique. Dieudonne is an agricultural missionary whose work includes agricultural development and food production for an orphanage, a boarding agricultural and vocational high school, and for a Methodist seminary. The support that Trinity directs to Mr. Karihano helps him to buy chickens, pigs, and vegetable seeds for his farming ministry.  Mr. Karihano is also the Mozambique representative for Heifer International. For more information about Mr. Karihano’s ministry, please contact Joi Burton or the church office at 817.274.1345.

In fiscal year 2011, Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County prepared and delivered 941,587 meals to elderly and disabled persons. The median age of clients is 76 years. Pet food is also provided, and additional aids such as electric fans, home repairs, and wheelchairs are available – all at no charge to the clients.  Approximately 40 TUMC members are volunteers for Meals on Wheels. Currently, the MOW volunteers are attempting to raise $15,000,000 for a much-needed larger meal-preparation facility. For more information on how to volunteer in this wonderful ministry, please call Al Vincent or the church office at 817.274.1345.

H.O.P.E. Tutoring provides one on one free homework tutoring to at-risk 1st through 8th grade students in the AISD. Tutoring sites are located in Arlington churches, and both after-school and at-night sessions are offered. Summer Reading and Math programs are provided during the summer. To volunteer with H.O.P.E. Tutoring, call: 817.860.7775.

The School Supply Squad provides elementary grade-school supplies to the extremely poor and disadvantaged children living in east Arlington. With ten volunteers, we cover 28 elementary and 2 Jr. High schools, working with school counselors to identify the needs for each classroom. Ten years ago, this ministry served 17 schools; we now supply all current Title I schools and all identified “At Risk” children. To volunteer to work with the School Supply Squad, please call Jim Burgess or the church office at 817.274.1345.

In 2001, the United Methodist Churches of Arlington established Arlington Urban Ministries to assist families in crisis. AUM provides emergency assistance for rent, utilities, and food. In 2002, Trinity volunteers were instrumental in opening Nu2U Resale, a funding source for AUM programs. Nu2U Resale is located at 2220 W. Park Row. Trinity members faithfully volunteer as case managers, donate food, sort donations at Nu2U Resale, assist 600+ families at the monthly Mobile Food Pantry, and serve on the AUM Board of Directors. To learn how you can be blessed in service to others, please call Don Henderson, 817.261.6066 or the church office, 817.274.1345.

Trinity volunteers have formed a Disaster Response Team who will, when needed, assist neighbors and church members who have suffered the physical effects of a natural disaster. Seven of the team members have been certified as Emergency Response Trainers (ERT). Teams of volunteers from our church will be deployed to disaster sites as the result of tornadoes, flooding, fires, etc. Often, Trinity’s team will work in collaboration with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), the Salvation Army, and the Red Cross. To volunteer or to learn more information, please call Bill Burgess or the church office: 817.274.1345.

The Global Hands of Healing Medical Missions was started in 1998 to provide basic medical, dental, and vision care to individuals in Latin American countries who do not have access to such services. We currently travel to remote villages in Guatemala and Panama, where our team of professionals and assistants pull teeth, conduct medical exams, distribute needed medications and vitamins, and create prescription glasses for adults and children. Each team includes physicians, dentists, vision specialists, translators, and other volunteers who are willing to make glasses, clean dental instruments, help with crowd control, or play with the children. The days are long, hot, and tiring, but are also some of the most rewarding times you will ever experience. For more information about the Hands of Healing ministry, please contact D’Ann Shidler at or the church office: 817.274.1345.

Room A-203  9:45 AM

This Bible study group is made up of mostly couples, ages 35+, with children.  They enjoy working with local missions opportunities, and they frequently hold social activities within their class.

The Wesley Foundation at UTA is a campus ministry sponsored by the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. The Director of the UTA Wesley is Rev. Joseph Nader. Trinity UMC has a history of serving the Wesley Foundation through volunteer service via church members participating in leadership positions via the Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees. The United Methodist Men also volunteer assistance to the Wesley, primarily through the provision of a monthly evening meal for the college students who attend a weekly Worship service there. Many of Trinity’s members offer financial gifts to support the Wesley Foundation in its outreach ministries to students. For more information about how to support the UTA Wesley Foundation, please contact Steve Brooks at or the church office: 817.274.1345.

Trinity has a group of dedicated adults who offer themselves and their gifts as opportunities arise to be “in mission” to those less fortunate. Our Adult Mission Team is involved with the Texas Ramps Organization to construct ADA-compliant wheelchair ramps at no cost to the qualifying clients. The Team also assists in offering minor home repair/renovations for homebound elderly clients of our city’s Meals on Wheels program. They offer pickup and delivery assistance for customers of the Nu2U Resale Shop in Arlington.  Also, the Team partners with Arlington Urban Ministries to distribute food items to needy clients at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church’s outlet of the Tarrant Area Food Bank. For more information about the Adult Mission Team, please contact Mike Colin at or contact the church office at 817.274.1345.

The Trinity Mental Wellness Committee seeks to provide insight into mental wellness and support for caregivers of family members with serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. Topics such as how to more effectively cope with the impact on the family and reduce the stigma of mental illness within the community are discussed. Trinity hosts a once-a-month meeting of a support group for caregivers of persons diagnosed with serious mental illness. For more information about the Committee or about the monthly caregiver support group, facilitated by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), please contact Martha Meyer or the church office: 817.274.1345.

The Salvation Army Angel Tree ministry provides Christmas assistance for disadvantaged children and senior adults meeting the federal minimum poverty guidelines. Through the Angel Tree program, volunteers can assist at local Salvation Army locations with registration procedures for Christmas gift needs of qualifying persons. Donors can become personally involved in helping to meet the needs of these persons by selecting a specific child/adult and providing the tangible gift item(s) requested through the registration process. Selections are made from written requests hung from a Christmas tree placed in Trinity’s Great Hall during the Christmas season. Gifts are then returned to Trinity upon their purchase. For more information about the Salvation Army Angel Tree, please contact Sue Irwin or the church office: 817.274.1345.

Every year at Christmas, Trinity sponsors a Salvation Army Christmas Kettle and Bell-Ringing station.  Our members volunteer for the entire schedule of bell-ringing duty at the Trinity kettle station, which has historically been at a location near the Parks Mall in south Arlington. A sign-up sheet for a bell-ringing shift on available dates will be displayed in the Great Hall in November each year. Members are encouraged to sign up for this wonderful ministry and to take their place “ringing the bell” for the Salvation Army in receiving financial donations so that the less fortunate can come to know the love of Jesus Christ through the sacrifice of others. For more information, please contact Sharon Holman at or the church office: 817.274.1345.

A group of dedicated Trinity members volunteer to reach out and offer support to church members and their family members who have long term illnesses. At the bi-monthly meetings of Trinity’s Long Term Illness Outreach Team, the members sign cards to be sent to patients, discuss ways to serve these people, and plan future activities. The team is involved in many of the church activities such as the Garage Sale, the Children’s Trunk or Treat event held at Halloween, and they sponsor an annual “Cancer Awareness Sunday.” Some of the team members usually participant in the locally-held Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Contact the church office: 817.274.1345 for more information.

Trinity has become a host church for the sponsoring of a nationally-based Christian divorce support network called DivorceCare. Through this ministry, Trinity facilitates a 13-week divorce support group program on our campus twice a year. DivorceCare is a weekly meeting that consists of a time of viewing a short DVD-based testimonial session, working through Participant’s workbook, and holding a small group discussion on the topic of the day. These confidential sessions are open to anyone who is experiencing marital separation or divorce in our community. Child care for persons attending DivorceCare is not offered.

We have wonderful Christian volunteers who have facilitated dour sesions thus far, but there is a need for us to have additional facilitators who can lead the next 13-week series.  We would need a male and a female facilitator, both of whom have been divorced.  We want to offer this much-needed ministry again in the summer or fall.  If you are feeling the call of God to serve as a facilitator or for more information about DivorceCare, please contact Rev. Brenda Beaver at the Church Office: 817.274.1345.

This eight-week course, Beyond the Broken Heart: A Journey Through Grief, meets every Thursday evening, from 4:30 – 6:00 PM in Room C-205.  Each week we will watch a short video and then discuss aspects of the video and workbook.  The cost is $15 per person. No childcare is being offered at this time. For questions about this new ministry, contact Lorrie Vincent or Rev. Brenda Beaver at the Church office: 817.274.1345.

Trinity UMC offers financial and prayer support to the Aldersgate Enrichment Center, a not-for-profit sheltered workshop with a vocational program and a residential program. It is a ministry related to the Central Texas Conference to meet the needs of physically and mentally challenged adults. Employment and life-skills training are provided for those of our society who otherwise would be considered unemployable. For more information about how you can participate in giving and praying on behalf of Aldersgate Enrichment Center, please call Rev. Brenda Beaver at the Church Office: 817.274.1345.

Each summer, Trinity hosts a summer mission trip for college-aged young adults.  This event is always offered during the week of the 4th of July, and is usually attended by college-aged young adults from two other United Methodist churches in Arlington.  Any young adult who is the age of a typical college student (18-24) is invited to participate.  This group has traveled to New Orleans, Oklahoma City and Fayetteville, Arkansas over the course of the past four years to engage in Christian mission work for a 7-day period.