FUMC Allen Support Groups

FUMC Allen Support Groups

Whether you are looking for an opportunity to show your love and compassion for others, looking for a support group, or seeking help for a problem or situation you might find yourself in, our Care and Support Ministries at FUMC Allen are here to serve. For more information, contact the individual listed with each program.

Care CorpS

FUMC Allen Care Corps are volunteers who serve our church family by serving at Celebration of Life receptions or by providing meals to families going through a life transition (death in the family, new baby, etc.) To serve on this team, contact Rev Josh Esparza.

Grief Support

VNA Collin County offers three grief support programs at FUMC Allen for adults who are grieving the death of loved ones. For more information, contact Susan Bryan, LPC, at bryans@vnatexas.org or 214.733.5543.

Grieving Hearts Group: This group is for anyone dealing with the death of a spouse and meets in person on the second Tuesday of each month. Masks are required for this group.

Grief Support Group: This group is for anyone dealing with the death of a loved one and meets via Zoom on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

Military Support Group

This group provides support for our church families with loved ones in the armed forces. They conduct supply drives to provide spring care packages and stuffed Christmas stockings for our overseas soldiers each year.
Contact Betty Matthews or Debbie Wilson.


We are a church that believes in the power of prayer to connect us with God and transform lives. If you would like to be a part of our prayer ministry, please contact Rev. Josh Esparza. Below are a few ways you can serve:

prayer Cards

Prayer cards are hand written cards of heart-felt prayers that are mailed to anyone who is on our prayer chain for whom we have an address. 

Prayer Chain/Prayer Requests

Our Prayer Chain consists of individuals who pray for the needs expressed in our congregation each week. Each week the joys and concerns shared are added to the prayer chain for prayer.

To submit your prayer to the prayer chain, send a prayer request to prayerrequest@fumcallen.org.

To sign up as a member of our Prayer Chain, click HERE.

Prayer Shawls

Prayer shawls have been a long tradition at First Allen.  Many members make and pray over the beautiful knitted or crocheted shawls.  The shawls are gifted to individuals, who are ill, hospitalized, facing hard times, the birth of a baby or whomever is in need of prayer and support. To learn more, contact Rev Maxie Moore.


Touching Lives in College (TLC) is a group of parents of college students who reach out to our college students while they are in school. You are invited to participate in this ministry through your gifts and/or assisting in our packaging sessions! We send two care packages a year (fall and spring) and two notes with gift cards near exam time. Contact Ed Whipple.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen ministers are trained lay people who provide quality, one-on-one Christian care to those facing a crisis or life-changing challenge. For more information about this ministry, contact Ruth Swingle.