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 and announcements for the most up-to-date information about Christian Formation classes.
The Christian Formation Ministry is overseen by our Christian Formation elders. This year, our CF elders are Ako Cromwell and Bill Reidway. If you are interested in getting involved in CF at Fairfax Presbyterian Church, please contact our CF elders at email@example.com
Sunday Express is our comprehensive Christian education program for children in grades K–5. It meets during our program year from September to May. These children will gather in Room 244 with their teachers for an activity, lesson, snack, and some play time. Additional activities outside of Sunday mornings TBD.
Come for a faith-filled socially distanced time. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Erin Sanzero, Director of Sunday Express, firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
GRACE Youth Ministry meets on Sundays at 10:00 AM for "Faith and French Toast." Please join us for breakfast as well as fellowship and faith—all in a safe and unique environment. Friends of youth are always welcomed!
Find GRACE Youth on social media!
10:00 AM, Room 110 and online
What does the kingdom of God mean to you? The Lord's Prayer says, "thy kingdom come, thy will be done."Is it a place? Or is it a movement? Pastor Henry will be leading a Bible study called "The Reign of God: God's Kingdom Come" in room 110. The class will be hybrid in-person and online, and will run through December. Contact Henry for the Zoom link.
10:00 AM, online
This discussion-based class looks at current events through a Christian perspective. Contact Elder Ako Cromwell to receive the lesson by email. Frequency TBD, and more exciting changes are forthcoming!
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. Please contact the CF elders if you are interested in teaching a class.
October 2021–May 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.