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What We Believe

Mission Statement

Fairfax Presbyterian Church is an uncommon Christian community, embracing all people with God's love and grace. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we at FPC:

Worship God with honesty, joy, and imagination;

Nurture our lives of faith in Christ;

Extend hospitality and grace to all people;

Serve a world in need; and

Work for reconciliation among peoples of diverse perspectives.


Presbyterian Church (USA)

As a member of PC (USA), Fairfax Presbyterian Church affirms the beliefs set forth in part one of the PC (USA) Constitution: the Book of Confessions. For more information on PC (USA), visit their website.

PC (USA) Theology

"Some of the principles articulated by John Calvin are still at the core of Presbyterian beliefs. Among these are the sovereignty of God, the authority of Scripture, justification by grace through faith and the priesthood of all believers" (Presbyterian Mission: Theology).

History of the Presbyterian Church

"Presbyterians trace their history to the 16th century and the Protestant Reformation. Our heritage, and much of what we believe, began with the French lawyer John Calvin (1509–1564), whose writings crystallized much of the Reformed thinking that came before him" (Presbyterian Mission: What We Believe).

Social Issues

The General Assembly of PC (USA) "affirms its responsibility to speak on social and moral issues for the encouragement and instruction of the Church and its members, seeking earnestly both to know the mind of Christ and to speak always in humility and love..." (1958 Statement—PC(USA), p. 537).

What's unique about Presbyterians?

"At the core of Presbyterian identity is a secure hope in the grace of God in Jesus Christ, a hope that, by the power of the Holy Spirit, empowers us to live lives of gratitude" (Presbyterian Mission: What Makes Us Unique).

Love is Love

Fairfax Presbyterian Church is a "House of Prayer for All Peoples" (Isaiah 56:7) and welcomes LBGTQ to worship with us and become part of our community. In keeping with the very foundation of Fairfax Presbyterian Church and consistent with the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Session has decided that FPC is all inclusive without consideration of race, color, national or ethnic origin, handicap, or sexual orientation of individuals, couples, or organizations. See also our Wedding Policy.(Presbyterian Mission: What We Believe)

Earth Care Congregation

Fairfax Presbyterian Church was certified as an Earth Care Congregation by Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in February 2021. The Earth Care Congregation certification recognizes churches that make the commitment to take seriously God’s charge to “till and keep” the garden. FPC has taken an Earth Care Pledge and is integrating environmental practices and thinking into our worship, education, facilities, and outreach. We are one of 276 Earth Care Congregations who are responding intentionally to God’s call to care for the earth. Learn more about green initiatives at FPC.