Adult Formation Groups

Sunday School (9:30am on Sunday mornings)

Our Journey on The Way

Room 110

The Christian faith is a journey, filled with adventure, hope, loss, grace, loneliness, and joy.  Where is God in all of this?  Always present, even in the silence, holding us, teaching us, welcoming us with open arms, and loving us beyond measure.

In this class, we walk the faith together, sharing God’s presence among us, struggling with the questions of faith arising from our journey, and gaining insights from one another.  We read, we watch, we interpret, we discuss, always with our hearts open to hearing and knowing the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Facilitator:  Ken Chadwick

Parents- Come As You Are!

Room 111

The challenges of parenting cannot be done alone- this group finds its bond in the gift of parenthood, and discusses the myriad ways we can share with our children the love of God through who we are.  If you know the joy and sorrow of parenting, and want to connect with others who know this too, this class if for you!

Facilitator:  Daphne Miller

The Studio Group

Room 109

The Holy Bible is the story of God’s redemption of humanity through Jesus Christ.  It is our main source of inspiration, direction, and connection to God and one another.  The Studio Group is at its heart a class that studies God’s Word through reflection and discussion.

If you would like weekly in-depth connections to God’s story, you will find it here.  If you would like a space that is an open, accepting, and caring place for you to be, you will find it here.

Facilitator:  Ashley Moore


Find Your Own Way- For Parents

Room 114

Parenting is a great challenge in our lives, and  all of us have a vision of what we want to offer our children.  It is hard though not only because of our own busy lives, but everything going on around us, in our community and our world.  We all need people around us to support us and help us find our way.

The vision for this group is to create a space for us to grow and learn as parents, and to have a space in our lives that is judgement free, confidential, and where we can have some fun together.  If you are a parent, this class is for you.

Facilitators:  Matt and Jen Weronski

For questions regarding our Sunday morning adult formation groups, or if you would like to join a group,

click here:  I Have a Question


 Relational Small Groups


What is a small group?

A small group is an opportunity for individuals to grow in their faith and relationship with God by spending time with others engaged in conversation.  The hope is that Christian friendship will develop and our love of God will grow.

What do you do in a small group?

You spend time with others talking and hanging out!  There is no curriculum, the group will choose what it will do.  You might read a book together, or you might reflect on the sermon each week, or you might read scripture together.  It is up to you and your group!

When do we meet?

Your small group will decide when you meet.  Ideally, it would be no less than once a month.

For how long?

There is no time limit for how long a small group meets.  Our small groups will be open, that is, membership in the group might change as people move away, join the church, or simply want to change their group involvement.  However, memberships in all small groups will be renewed twice a year to allow for transitions and changes as people’s schedule changes.

What are the requirements for joining a small group?

Anybody can join!  Only a desire to grow in your faith and a commitment to others in your group is necessary.

How do I join?

Numerous groups will be formed over the next couple of years, so there is ample time and space for anybody who wishes to join.  Groups will start at certain times of year, so there may be a wait period to join a group as they are begun or group membership is renewed.  But we will find a group for anybody who desires to join one.

For questions regarding our relational small group program

or if you would like to join a small group,

click here:  I Have a Question



Special Christian Formation Opportunities


Making Sense of the Bible by Adam Hamilton

Sundays, beginning September 10th (7:00-8:30pm in Room 109)

Facilitator:  Jim Dooley

In this study, Hamilton invites us into an honest conversation about the Bible. The book begins with foundational questions such as, how and when was the Bible written? Who decided which books made it into the scriptures and why? How literally must we read it? And, is the Bible ever wrong?  Sunday evenings for 6 weeks at 7:00pm beginning on September 10th.

Old Testament Characters:  Learning to Walk with God by Peter Scazzero

Wednesdays, beginning September 27th (10:30am-12:00pm in Room 109)

Facilitator:  Anne Wilson

Abraham is an unforgettable portrait of faith. Daniel is a classic example of holiness. And through her willingness to risk her own life, Esther shows us what commitment means. This Bible study introduces you to twelve remarkable lives described in the Old Testament. The stories of these people from the ancient past can help you learn to live a life with God.  Study takes place on Wednesday mornings at 10:30am beginning on 9/27. Please RSVP by 9/25.

For questions regarding special adult formation opportunities,

or if you would like to join a study,

click here:  I Have a Question


Blog Posts

Overcoming Worry

Posted by FUMC on November 16, 2018 at 12:48pm 0 Comments

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had these dolls in my collection. Somewhere along the way I learned that they were from Guatemala and called worry dolls. According to Wikipedia, they were given to “brooding and sorrowful” children who would share their worries with the doll, then hide it under their pillow at night.  By the next morning, all the concerns would have been taken away by the worry doll.    


Matthew 6:15 says, “Do not worry about your life. . .” 

Is it as easy as all that?  Life is learning, over time, to put things in perspective.  It’s having ways to share and then let go of the anxieties that most paralyze us. What are you worried about today?  Who can you share it with?  What new perspective helps you see things differently?  


~Pastor Mary Beth



Reconciling Notes

Immigration 101: 

 Sunday, September 23, in the Fellowship Hall immediately after the 11:00AM service. Light lunch to be served.

An Overview of U.S. Immigration Law

Do you ever wonder about immigration laws?

What’s a visa, a green card, DACA?

Why immigrants don’t just apply for citizenship?

Would you like to have a better understanding of immigration rules in a non-political format?


Lunch will be followed by Just Neighbors presenting an easy to understand overview of the ins and outs of our country’s very complex immigration system.


Regardless of your political views, this presentation will focus on facts about who is eligible for the various types of legal status in the U.S. and what the various types mean. There will be time for Q&A. 


No RSVP necessary, just come! For more information contact Mark Elder



Co-hosted by FUMC’s Reconciling Ministry Team

and the Church in Society Team.


Download Here: Our 5 Year History as a Reconciling Congregation

We celebrate Fairlington's 5-year anniversary of becoming a Reconciling Congregation, intentionally welcoming all people as beloved children of God.

Our celebratory theme, “Love in All Colors,” reflects the breadth and diversity of God’s human creation as proclaimed in our church’s welcoming statement.

Check out our audio for personal testimonies from FUMC members. They share how being part of a reconciling congregation has personally affected them and shaped their faith journey.

~Mark Elder,


Follow this link to see the extensive work and accomplishments of this :church and its Reconciling Ministry Team over the last five years, since we became a reconciling congregation in February 2013.  Thank you church!


Fairlington UMC is a 

Reconciling Congregation with open hearts, open minds, and open doors. We proclaim and welcome every person as a beloved child of God regardless of age, race, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, family structure, faith history, or life experience.

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