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.

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Conversations on a Way Forward  Sunday, April 9 from 3:00 to 4:30pm in the Fellowship Hall.You are invited for conversation and an update on the Bishops’ Commission on a Way Forward, facilitated by Dave Nuckols, a Commission member. The Commission on a Way Forward was proposed by the Council of Bishops and approved by the 2016 General Conference (our denomination’s legislative body). It is tasked --to do a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the UMC’s Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality; -- as well as explore options that will help maintain and strengthen the unity of the church. Tthe Commission’s work is tentatively scheduled to result in a called General Conference in 2019, that will determine the way forward and structure of our denomination. For more information, see the Commision website: http://www.umc.org/who-we-are/commission-on-a-wayforward. For other questions about this event, contact Mark Elder at markuselder@gmail.com.

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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