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 about any of these groups, contact Ruth Swingle.

Care Corps

First Allen Care Corps provides assistance to facilitate receptions (i.e. Celebrations of Life) for members of our church family.  This group is also the core of our cookie bakers that provides cookies when needed, especially first time visitors!

 Care Notes

First Allen offers Care Notes booklets located east of the sanctuary that provide valuable information to help cope with life-changing events, such as divorce, depression, and grief.  Other booklets help to guide spiritual growth.

Grief Support

VNA Collin County offers three grief support programs at FUMC Allen for adults who are grieving the death of loved ones.

Grief Support Luncheons

Join us for sharing and support on loss and grief issues. Contact Susan Bryan, LPC, 214.733.5543 or check our event page for upcoming luncheons.

Grief Seminar

This six-week seminar provides support and learning about grief and how to go on living when someone you loved has died. Contact Susan Bryan, LPC, 214.733.5543 or check our event page for upcoming seminars.


This group is for anyone dealing with the death of a spouse.Contact Susan Bryan, LPC, 214.733.5543 or check our event page meeting dates.

Meals of Love

The Meals of Love Ministry is available to serve our church family in need.   If we can help you by providing a warm meal for you and your family and a friendly smile during a challenging time, as a hospital stay, a prolonged illness, an accident or the birth of a new baby please email MealsOfLove

Military Support Group

This group provides support for our church families with loved ones in the armed forces and conducts an annual Christmas Stocking Drive for our overseas soldiers each fall.


There are many ways to be involved in caring through Prayer at First Allen. If you wish to be a part of the Prayer team in any way, please contact Ruth Swingle.

Prayer Cards

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


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


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.


Our Reach Out ministry contacts church members throughout the year to inquire about their families and gather prayer concerns.  This is done by email, hand written card, or phone call.  If you would like to be a part of this ministry, please contact Ruth Swingle.

ReBuilding Life Widow Support Group

Reaching out in love and compassion, this support group is for women who have lost their spouses. Group meets for lunch at a local restaurant or occasionally in the church parlor.

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 accessing the services of this ministry, contact Ruth Swingle.


If you are the parent of a college student, we invite you to join us at Touching Lives in College (TLC). TLC is a ministry of FUMC Allen that reaches out to our college students while they are in school. We would love for you to participate in supporting 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 Susan Hale.

Worship Ministry Assisted Living

Participate in worship and music at Belmont at Twin Creeks and other assisted living centers with residents and families on Sunday afternoons. Contact Ruth Swingle.