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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 and during the summer at 10:45 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 Branden Burrell and Bill Reidway. If you are interested in getting involved in CF at Fairfax Presbyterian Church, please contact our CF elders at christianformation@fairfaxpresby.com


Sunday Express

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, erin@fairfaxpresby.com


Grades 6-12 Youth Fellowship

Students in grades 6-12 are invited to connect, learn, and grow through FPC's Youth Fellowship Program. Our youth meet on Sundays at 10:00 AM for "Faith and French Toast" in the Senior High Room. Please join us for brunch, fellowship and faith. Friends of youth are always welcomed! In addition to Sunday mornings, we connect with God and one another through social, adventure, and missional outings. Access our 2023-2024 Children & Youth Program Calendar here for a full list of opportunities and offerings this program year.

To learn more about our youth program, connect with Pastor Emilee Williams at emilee@fairfaxpresby.com.


Adult Classes


The Wired Word

10:00 AM, online and in person in Room 110

This discussion-based class looks at current events through a Christian perspective. Contact Ako Cromwell to receive the lesson by email. Frequency weekly in Room 110, and more exciting changes are forthcoming!


Previous Offerings

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.

The Reign of God

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 ran through December 2022.Bible's Greatest Hits

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.

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.