The Crusaders meets weekly on Sundays at 10:30am in Room 113. Singing, prayer, and Bible study represent the core nature of the Crusaders class. The group is a loving and caring class that offers Christ to all. Our door is always open to new and mature Christians who want to know more about the Bible. The Crusaders Class uses the International Bible Series and offers open discussion and emphasizes the sharing of our thoughts and experiences. Crusaders welcomes visitors and reaches out to care about each other and about you! Contact Jim Conklin for more details.
Reading and studying scripture is an important part of Christian discipleship. Bible studies of various lengths and topics are offered throughout the year. Our upcoming Bible studies are listed below.
What exactly did Jesus do and say while he was on earth? What were his primary and his controversial teachings? How was he different from other religious leaders, and what does he want from us today? If you’d like answers to these types of questions and want to grow your faith, join Pastor Pamela Kipps on a Journey Through the Gospels. We’ll begin our journey on September 21 with a six week study of the book of Matthew. Classes will run weekly through October 26, with identical sessions on Wednesday mornings at 11:00am to noon and Sunday mornings at 10:30–11:30am. Light breakfast will be provided, and kids programming is offered on Sundays. Have questions or want more information? Contact Pastor Pamela at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the third Monday of each month, gather for Lunch Bunch at the University Drive parsonage across the street from the church and enjoy a relaxed lunch full of conversation and laughter with old and new friends. Please plan to bring a packed lunch; drinks are provided. We hope to see you there! Look for the Lunch Bunch sign in the yard and come up the back stairs by the driveway (which is on Stratford Avenue). We’ll be ready to greet you with a big welcome! To learn more, contact Pastor Pamela Kipps.
Our home group ministry is a Wesleyan tradition — John Wesley implemented small groups or class meetings to inspire creativity, foster accountability, and nurture spiritual growth within the body of Christ, the church. At Fairfax United Methodist, small groups are a place for grace, God’s presence to be realized, extended and received. To learn more, contact Pastor Pamela Kipps.
Men in this group partner with their pastor to invite and initiate spiritual growth opportunities, realizing that everyone has different gifts, graces and areas of interest. Opportunities for participation include diverse ministries of the church, such as prayer groups, missions, Bible studies, retreats, workshops/seminars, small groups in the Wesleyan tradition, leading and participating on church committees, teaching Sunday school classes, youth ministries, scouting, and mentoring and assisting in worship service leadership. The focus is outward (to all men)—assisting them to engage in the process of spiritual growth. Some of our regular events include pancake breakfasts, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, Holy Thursday Drama: The Last Supper, mulch sale, Saturday Bible Study, spiritual retreats and more. To learn more and/or join, contact Jim Conklin.
This inter-generational group of women gathers for friendship, fellowship, prayer, support, service, Christian learning and spiritual growth. We meet throughout the year in both large and small groups to learn more about missional opportunities and the teachings of Jesus Christ. During our meetings we feature missionaries and mission reports, and participate in varied events, projects, and issues of local and global significance. Our service work takes various forms: assembling Kits for Conference, collecting items for Cuba, furnishing toiletries to the less fortunate; taking staple items to the Lamb Center; and adopting families for holiday giving. Our Bible study is enhanced by the UMW Library materials purchased annually, and by participation in both District and church mission studies. To learn more and/or join, contact Leslie Carter.
If you enjoy reading, consider participating in our FUMC Book Club, UnCover! Each week while the group is in session, you and others will read designated chapters in a selected book and then gather to discuss the book. This is a low stress, fun way to connect with others in the church—you can participate in the discussion as much or as little as you like. To learn more, contact Pastor Pamela Kipps.
To answer God’s call for justice, and to fully love our neighbors as ourselves, it’s important to examine how we engage with people of other races, genders, nationalities, and backgrounds to see if we carry inherent biases or live with unholy prejudices. The Be the Bridge series of studies offers an opportunity to do just that. To learn more, check out the Be the Bridge page.
The GIft Class is temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. When it returns, it will meet weekly on Sundays at 9:30am. This class is for members of the congregation with specialized learning needs. The group enjoys a Bible story, craft, shared snack and rousing fellowship. Contact Jane Ciorba to learn more.