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Christian Formation

At Fairfax Presbyterian Church, Christian education falls under the Christian Formation Ministry. Each Sunday, we have Education Hour at 10:00 AM. This gives members of all ages the opportunity to grow in their faith in Christ. Check the current bulletin for the most up-to-date information about Christian Formation classes.

Sunday Express

CHRISTIAN FORMATION

Sunday Express is our comprehensive Christian education program for children in grades K–5. It meets during our program year from September to May. Sunday Express is held during the 11:15 am service following the Conversation with Children. After the Conversation with Children time in the sanctuary, children are invited to proceed into the Narthex, and they will be with their Sunday Express teachers for the remainder of the service.

Come for a faith-filled socially distanced time. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Erin Sanzero, Director of Sunday Express, beansprout722@gmail.com

GRACE Youth Fellowship

CHRISTIAN FORMATION

GRACE Youth Ministry is a faith formation program for students in 6th grade through 12th grade. It consists of Sunday school, fellowship, small group, mission, and retreat. Every year, the youth participate in events that help grow them as people and Christians. Questions and doubts are welcomed!

GRACE stands for:

Glorify
Reach
Accept
Care
Equip

GRACE Youth Ministry meets on Sundays at 10:00 AM in-person. Please join us for fellowship and faith—all in a safe and unique environment. Friends of youth are always welcomed at GRACE Youth Fellowship!

Yearly faith theme: "Basecamp"

This year as we return to church and youth group, we have all been on different journeys this year. That is what a basecamp is for, a place to find rest, information, etc... It is not the end, it is merely for an encounter with others, self and God, a gathering place and then continuing our journeys.

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2021-2022 Confirmation class is led by Jean St. Clair.

Class materials can be found here.

Confirmation Class

September through May is our scheduled season

If you are interested in learning more about our youth program, please contact Tempest Brevard, Youth Director at tempest@fairfaxpresby.com or 703-273-5300

Adult Classes

CHRISTIAN FORMATION

The Wired Word

Every other Sunday at 12:30 PM, online only

Delve into the contemporary issues that are facing our world and the church. Led by Elder Ako Cromwell.

Previous Offerings

CHRISTIAN FORMATION

The following are some of the other adult Sunday school classes that ran in the past few years. We always have a variety of interesting topics offered by our members. In addition, there are many one-day seminars that occur over the course of the year.

Bible's Greatest Hits

?–May 22, 2022

Led by Pastor Henry Brinton, based on his new book The Bible's Greatest Hits. Come learn about the top sixty-six Bible passages.

Neighborhood Church

September 29–October 20, 2019The Co-Moderators of the 223rd PC(USA) General Assembly selected the book Neighborhood Church: Transforming your Church into a Powerhouse for Mission for a church-wide book study to inspire churches to become a vibrant and engaging community partner to the families and neighborhoods living around them. Authors Van Tatenhove and Mueller give practical, essential tools that lead to communal conversation, develop the DNA of listening, spur fruitful partnerships, promote integrated space, and sustain long-term visions. Our Mission Outreach Coordinator, the Rev. Susan Wisseman, will lead this class.

Public Witness Amidst the Immigration Crisis

October 27–November 24, 2019

The purpose of this class is to introduce the congregation to its call call to public witness. The class will explore how members of FPC can engage in public witness, specifically related to the crisis facing undocumented immigrants in the Fairfax area. The class will identify how our local government officials might best respond to this crisis and suggest opportunities for our congregation and its members to engage in public action to positively impact this crisis. The Rev. Jerry Hopkins and Elder Leslie Woods will lead this class, along with special guest the Rev. Jimmy Hawkins, who will lead the first class.

Just War: A Christian Concept

December 1, 2019–January 19, 2020

After Jesus admonished Peter not to take up arms to defend him, early Christians preached pacifism and did not allow their members to join the Roman Army. But this doctrine began to change after St. Augustine of Hippo wrote a treatise on Just War, arguing that Christians had a duty to protect the weak and defenseless from the deprivations of Visigoth's sacking Rome and Vandals attacking Carthage. This class will follow the development and implementation of this Just War Doctrine through the Crusades, the European Religious Wars of the 17th century, the American Civil War, World War II and the bomb, Vietnam, and the War Against Terrorism. Elder David Bush will lead this class.

Faith and Science in the 21st Century

January 9–March 22, 2020

This class is for youth and adults who desire to bring together their belief in science and their faith, or vice versa. With video input from eight noted theologians, we will discuss topics such as creation, time, genetics, and the cosmos—all in relation to God. Pastor Henry Brinton will lead this class.