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GriefShare is a safe, welcoming place where people can explore the difficult emotions of grief and discover helpful ways to move through it. During this thirteen-week program, you’ll discover the ebbs and flows of grief and its accompanying emotions and learn ways of coping with its unpredictability. For more information, contact Pastor Pamela Kipps at pkipps@fairfaxumc.org. For more information on the current GriefShare session, click here.

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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: The Book of Acts

If you’ve ever wondered what happened after the Resurrection and in the early days of the Christian church, you’ll want to be a part of our Bible study focusing on the book of Acts. In this six-week study, we’ll read through Acts together and examine the exciting and challenging moments that the church experienced. This is a perfect follow up to our Journey Through the Gospels study or an excellent way for beginners to dive into Scripture. The group meets on Wednesdays at 11:00am in the Fellowship Hall, February 21 through March 27. To learn more, contact Pastor Pamela Kipps at pkipps@fairfaxumc.org.

Next Study: To Be Determined

Check back later to discover our next Bible study.

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.

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 has since offered additional workshops on topics including planning for the future, dealing with grief during the holidays, managing and preventing Alzheimer’s and dementia, and more.


Click here to learn about our next Discovery Days Workshop, “About Your Church,” scheduled for January 28.

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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.