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At Fairfax Presbyterian Church, Christian education falls under the Christian Formation Ministry. Each Sunday, we have a 10:00 Education Hour between the 8:45 and 11:15 worship services. This gives members of all ages the opportunity to grow in their faith in Christ. During the summer, when we only have one service at 9:30 am, we still offer programs afterwards. Learn more about our offerings below.

Christian Formation

Sunday Express

CHRISTIAN FORMATION

Sunday Express is our comprehensive Christian education program for children in grades K–5. It meets during our normal program year from September to May, beginning at 10:00 am on Sunday mornings and continuing after the Conversation With Children during the 11:15 worship service. In the summer, when we have only one service at 9:30 am, we offer Summer Express.

Sunday Morning Schedule

  • Kindergarten and first grade meet in room 254

  • Second and third grades meet in room 257

  • Fourth and fifth grades meet in room 234

Feasting on the Word, 10:00–10:45 am

Children will join parents in the Sanctuary for worship until the Conversation with Children, after which they will be dismissed to Sunday Express teachers in the Narthex

Feasting in Worship, 11:15–11:30 am

Feasting on Snack, 10:45–11:15 am

Children will have Carol Choir rehearsal with Associate Director of Music Erin Sanzero. Parents can pick up their children from room 244 after the 11:15 service.

Feasting in Music, 11:30 am–12:15 pm

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 fun events such as a lock-in at the church and teambuilding activities, and they also host the annual FPC Variety Show and the Easter Breakfast. In the summer, they travel on a mission trip within the United States and to Montreat Youth Conference outside of Asheville, NC.

GRACE stands for:

Glorify
Reach
Accept
Care
Equip

GRACE Youth Ministry meets on Sundays from 5:00–5:45 pm on Zoom. Please join us for fellowship and faith—all in a safe and unique environment. One of the defining features of our youth group is our small groups. Each grade level is mentored by an adult leader. In addition, friends of youth are always welcomed at GRACE Youth Fellowship!

During Sunday morning Christian Formation (Education) Hour (10:00–11:00 am), our 6th–12th graders can attend Youth Music in the choir room or any of our adult Christian Formation classes.

Each summer, GRACE Youth goes on a week-long mission trip to another part of the country. This year, our mission trip is TBD. Please contact Tempest for information or to sign up.

Summer Mission Trip

Each summer, GRACE youth leads a group to Montreat, NC, for their youth conference. Visit their website to learn more, and contact Tempest to sign up.

Montreat Youth Conference

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

This year, we will explore the theme of WE BELONG to GOD through different biblical teachings. For the Fall semester we will look at this theme through the topics of Presence, Time and Micah. Let's take God out of the Sunday box, because GOD GOES...

Yearly faith theme: "God Goes..."

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2019-2020 Confirmation class is led by Jean St. Clair.

Class materials can be found here.

Confirmation Class

September through May

Adult Classes

CHRISTIAN FORMATION

During the normal program year, we explore and study the scripture in depth during this lectionary-based Bible study class.

Feasting on the Word

Conference Room 110, every Sunday except first Sunday of the month

In this participant-led discussion class, members dive into current events through the lens of faith. Every voice is heard and respected as members reflect and engage in thought-provoking conversation.

Wired Word

Conference Room 110, first Sunday of each month

Previous Offerings

CHRISTIAN FORMATION

The 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.

Neighborhood Church

September 29–October 20, 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.

Public Witness Amidst the Immigration Crisis

October 27–November 24, 2019

The following are some of the other adult Sunday school classes that ran this past year. 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.

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.

Just War: A Christian Concept

December 1, 2019–January 19, 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.

Faith and Science in the 21st Century

January 9–March 22, 2020