Birth or Adoption

The birth or adoption of a child is both an exciting and a stress-filled time. Our congregation is here to provide resources for the spiritual maturing of your child. We build upon the Christian affirmation that God loves all the children of the world. Since children look to adults, and parents need help with helping their child grow strong in the values that matter most, we never pass up an opportunity to make a place for children. 
Q: What am I to do when a child is born or adopted into our family?

A: We welcome the opportunity to offer a prayer of blessing for your child at the hospital or in your home. Please call or email the church and also be prepared to give us the name, date and place of birth. This call will initiate a number of ways we announce the birth/adoption to the congregation. 

Q: What am I to do if I want our child baptized?

A: Contact the church at 703-671-8557 and you will receive a call from one of our pastors. 

Q: What worship resources are immediately available for parents of young children?
A: The sanctuary has a Family Room for parents of young children in the balcony. During our 9:30 and 11 a.m. worship services we have a nursery where parents and other approved volunteers provide a safe and secure environment. To obtain a copy of the nursery guidelines or to ask questions about the nursery, please contact Christian White.

Q: At what age does the Christian Education program begin?
A: We have an outstanding program that begins at the age of two. In our youngest Sunday school class children hear the smallest snippets of Bible stories accompanied by picture story cards and take home help for parents.  For the convenience of parents we have two parent classes that run simultaneously with the child’s classes. 

Q: Do you have a PreSchool Program?
A: Yes, we have a weekday morning program for children who are 2 ½ years and older.  Please contact Carol Keller, Preschool Director, at 703-671-3939 for more information.

Blog Posts

9 Ways to Embrace Gratitude and Joy

Posted by FUMC on July 5, 2018 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

  1. Keep a gratitude journal or calendar where you write down one thing each day for which you are thankful.
  2. Make a gratitude jar or box for the same purpose.
  3. At mealtimes say grace and then share around the table one thing for which you are thankful.
  4. Thank the people who serve you each day: the barista, clerk, banker, trash collector, etc.
  5. Write a letter of gratitude to a teacher, coach, old friend or mentor, or former pastor.
  6. Find a gratitude partner and share together daily or weekly.
  7. Tell someone how much they mean to you.
  8. Put a positive spin on your negative thoughts (You’re home with a sprained ankle but you get to read the book you’ve had by your chair for months.)
  9. Go on a gratitude walk, carefully observing and saying thank…

Reconciling Notes

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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