Our goal in missions is to change the world and ourselves by living out love in acts of service to our neighbors — locally, nationally, and across the world. We strive to build partnerships, grow relationships and live God’s love out in sustainable and transformational ways that often take time and investment. If you have questions or would like to get involved with any of our mission ministries, contact Pastor Mike Rodden or Pastor Ginger Bassford.
The Polytechnic United Community Center in Fort Worth offers a range of services and programs for families in need. St. Barnabas partners with the center for our Angel Tree program, providing clothing and gifts for children ages 4 through junior high who might not otherwise have any gifts under the Christmas tree. As a part of that program, we also host a potluck dinner, games for the children and a wrapping room for parents prior to the holiday
If you would like to serve those in our congregation who need someone to drive them to a scheduled appointment such as a doctor's appointment, contact Shirley Lotspeich.
Arlington Life Shelter
The Arlington Life Shelter provides shelter and support services to help our neighbors who are homeless to integrate into society and become self-sufficient, thriving contributors to the community. Each third Sunday, volunteers prepare a meal at the church before heading to the Life Shelter to serve the meal for dinner.
Arlington Urban Ministries
Arlington Urban Ministries provides emergency assistance for utilities, rent, and food for those in crisis in the Arlington community. Our church partners with Arlington Urban Ministries by providing referrals, financial assistance through our benevolence fund and by collecting toys for their Christmas in July program.
Backpack Food Ministry
St. Barnabas partners with Fitzgerald Elementary School to provide students with backpacks filled with food for meals and snacks to ensure that they have enough to eat each weekend. Funds are collected and volunteers pack bags periodically so hungry kids know people in their community love them enough to share and serve them.
Martin High School juniors and seniors are invited to Feeding Frenzy in the Family Life Center Gym each Thursday during the school year for a hot lunch, community time and an opportunity to learn more about what's happening at St. Barnabas. The cost is just $3 per student.
Our Care Team volunteers offer compassion, support and care for the needs of those who are mourning the loss of a loved one, who have recently come home from the hospital and to parents of newborns in our congregation.
Habitat for Humanity
Our congregation has a 15+ year relationship with Habitat for Humanity. We annually contribute to the Fort Worth Methodist house build, and we participated in the Carter Work Project in 2014.
Neighbor Helping Neighbor
Neighbor Helping Neighbor is a helping hands ministry for seniors (60 and over) and physically-challenged persons who have small home repair jobs, ramp installations or other one-time household projects they don't have the ability or resources to do themselves. Applications for assistance are available in the Church Office.
Open Arms Health Clinic
The Open Arms Health Clinic was conceived by medical professionals at St. Barnabas United Methodist Church to help the many in our community with limited access to affordable healthcare. In November of 2011, God provided the path and the means to open the 2,500-square-foot clinic. Then, thanks to donors, in December 2017, they moved to a more spacious, newly remodeled building. Today, Open Arms Health Clinic operates as its own 501(C)3 organization, yet the ties to St. Barnabas remain strong. The clinic is completely funded by donations and grants. Learn more about the clinic and their mission on the Open Arms Health Clinic website.
Run for Another 5K and Fun Run
Since 2013, St. Barnabas has held our annual Run for Another 5K and One-Mile Fun Run/Walk. Through the help of corporate sponsorship and race fees, this event raises money to support the Open Arms Free Health Clinic. Multiple medals are awarded, the course is USATF certified and RunTIME officially times the race. Volunteers help plan and make the event a success every year.
Tarrant Area Food Bank
St. Barnabas partners with the Tarrant Area Food Bank to help eliminate hunger by providing food, education and resources. Our church family regularly holds food drives, in addition to partnering with the Open Arms Health Clinic to host Cooking Matters courses to help educate low-income families and individuals how to shop healthy and on a budget.
Thanksgiving Baskets with Arlington Charities
Arlington Charities helps stabilize families, individuals and the homeless by assisting them in covering their most basic needs through food, clothing, hygiene items and holiday baskets. Every fall, families and individuals at St. Barnabas partner with Arlington Charities to put together Thanksgiving baskets to ensure low-income individuals and families have a nutritious Thanksgiving meal.
Appalachia Service Project (ASP)
Appalachia Service Project is a Christian ministry open to all people that inspires hope and service through volunteer home repair in Central Appalachia. For 47 years, ASP has made homes warmer, drier and safer for families and provided transformational service experiences for volunteers. By transforming faith into ASP service, volunteers respond to a specific need — housing. By putting aside their own needs and desires, ASP volunteers free themselves to share talent, love and concern with the people of Appalachia and with one another. St. Barnabas students travel to Appalachia every other year to participate in repairing a house, and more adults volunteer than can go as chaperones every year. The next trip is scheduled for July 8-14, 2018.