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The Crusaders

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.

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Bible Studies

Bible Studies

Reading and studying scripture is an important part of Christian discipleship. Bible studies of various lengths and topics are offered throughout the year. Past studies have covered topics including the Gospels, the Lord’s Prayer, and Christian character, as well as special studies for Lent and Advent.

Current Study: Journey Through the Gospels: John

Our Journey Through the Gospels study series concludes this fall with a six-week study of the book of John. Come find out why this book is often called the “Gospel of Life” and discover how John differs from Matthew, Mark, and Luke in focus and purpose. Whether you’re a beginner Bible reader or a seasoned student of the Scriptures, we promise you’ll be blessed by this time of fellowship and joyful learning. Can’t be present for the entire study? No worries; you’re welcome to come for any or all of our sessions. Our Wednesday morning (11:00am) study begins September 20 and ends October 25, and an identical Wednesday evening (6:30pm) study begins September 27 and ends November 1. Refreshments are provided at both studies.

Upcoming Study: Check back soon!

Check back later to find out what studies Fairfax UMC has planned for the future.

Lunch Bunch

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.

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Dinner Out

Dinner Out is an opportunity for you to connect with your church family and share conversation and laughter over a meal. The group gathers at a local restaurant or venue or at the University Drive parsonage to talk, eat, and build community. This event typically meets on the last Tuesday of the month. To learn more, contact Pastor Pamela Kipps.


Learn more about the September Dinner Out Event!

Discovery Days

Discovery Days is a series of one-off workshops presented by the Learning Pillar and hosted by Fairfax UMC. These workshops provide learning opportunities on present-day life challenges of various types and for adults in all stages of life. This series debuted in March 2023 with a workshop on stress, anxiety, and depression, and many more workshops are in the works! Our next Discovery Days workshop, “Planning for the Future,” is planned for September 24 at 10:45am.. Click here to learn more.

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Women’s Bible Study

If you are looking for an opportunity to connect with other women while growing in your relationship with God, you are invited to attend this Women’s Bible Study. The Women’s Bible Study meets the fourth Saturday of each month from 9:00 to 10:00am in the Multi-Purpose Room. Come and bring your friends and neighbors if they’re interested. The group studies the Scriptures using Lysa TerKeurst’s book, Twelve Women of the Bible: Life-Changing Stories for Women Today, as they share food and fellowship and examine how the Biblical women parallel our lives today. Each study is a standalone, so no need to worry if you miss a month. If you have any questions, please reach out to Leslie Carter at lesliecarterre@aol.com.

Fairfax United Methodist Men

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.

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Fairfax United Methodist Women in Faith

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.

UnCover Book Club

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. (Note: this group is not currently in session, but keep an eye on our website and Snippets for updates!)

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Small Groups

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.