FUMC Hurst opened our arms and hearts to our neighbors in January 2022 to build community relationships through the sport of “Pickleball”. Pickleball is a simple sport that is contagious in bringing people together for the good of all. Since January 2022, there have been a LOT of neighbors visiting FUMC Hurst to:
Pickleball by the numbers:
Every Wednesday from 2-8 pm in Fellowship Hall there are 65-90 of our neighbors visiting FUMC Hurst, building relationships as FUMC Hurst guests. If you are curious about learning to play the game, we’d love to have you! If you are curious about who this community is, we’d love to have you as well! If you would like to help with hospitality and building relationships with our neighbors, we invite you to come as well! People come and go as they can, some staying from 2 to 8 p.m. without a break!
Feedback from our pickleball community players include:
We are using Pickleball to engage, equip and empower our neighbors to unite, inspire and develop meaningful community relationships with our neighbors. Want to make some new friends and have fun?...Just come to the Fellowship Hall any Wednesday between 2 and 8 p.m.! Questions? Contact Steve or Cindy Brown Harding at 817-807-0050, Jill Novelo, or Rev. Sarah Boyette at .
I have always enjoyed playing BINGO, but have never really had much luck with it. So when I heard we were playing Neighborhood BINGO and I heard how it would work, I knew this would be my chance to redeem all my other losses. Mom and I hit it hard and heavy the first two weeks and it’s a good thing we did because she got COVID the third week and we were quarantined. Fortunately, we only had three things left on the card and were able to finish them once quarantine was lifted. As a result of playing, I learned a lot about Hurst that I didn’t know or had forgotten. I learned that people are people and were genuinely surprised and pleased that our church was making an effort to get into the community. I learned there were tons of diverse restaurants in Hurst, much more than I realized. I learned that playing BINGO isn’t about the prize; it’s about building relationships. It’s easy to view a part of town I don’t frequent as “poor” yet I saw abundance instead of scarcity. And we had a lot of joy while playing and hopefully brought joy to other people.
The wind might be blowing, ice may be predicted, and temperatures could be hovering below freezing, but volunteers and students have been warm at ELL. English Language Learning (ELL), a collaboration of White’s Chapel Methodist Church and First United Methodist of Hurst, has been admitting new adult learners of English and welcoming them each week at 9 a.m. on Saturday to hot coffee, tea and intimate chats at our Conversation Café. We welcome any adult or high school student who wants to donate an hour on Saturdays to learn about people from places like Afghanistan, Korea, Ukraine, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Peru.
January brought Cathy Hendrickson, an attorney who works with refugees and immigrants, to present tips on “How to Avoid Legal Trouble in the U.S.” Students asked many questions and vowed to take her advice.
Over 30 volunteers also benefited from a “Lunch and Learn” workshop on the unique benefits of the Accelerative Learning methodology for outstanding results in more effectively teaching adult learners. Karen Gentry-Sizemore, CEO of Learning Elements and volunteer with ELL, has over 30 years of experience as a teacher, curriculum writer and education consultant at major corporations, like American Airlines, around the globe. Teachers will take their increased knowledge of Total Physical Response and Brain Gym into their classrooms to stimulate learning in their multiple intelligences.
In February, we welcome adults and high schoolers to come listen to our adult students read one-on-one at our monthly Listening Day on February 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
You will go as a group to each of our six classes encouraging students who proudly read English to you. Be prepared to see the precious face of God as the students proudly master the pages!