Children in Worship

All Children are Welcome

At Fairlington United Methodist Church, all children are welcome as full participants in the worship life of the church.  Children are invited to be as much a part of worship as their families believe they can be.  To support children in worship, we offer numerous opportunities for children to engage at their developmental level.  But, whatever their level of engagement, all children are invited to find a place in the sanctuary.

Our Family Room

Families with infants and toddlers who need a separate space are invited to our Family Room in the balcony.  The Family Room is a sound proof space where infants and toddlers can move around and make the noise they make. Parents can be with their children, and still feel a part of worship while they are here.  There is also a space for nursing mothers.

Our Nursery

There is also a Nursery available for infants and toddlers during all worship services.  The Nursery is staffed by a paid professional, and assisted by trained volunteers dedicated to caring for your child.  Ms. Sabina, our Nursery Worker, is eager to get to know your child and to care for her or him while you take time to refresh and renew in worship.  If you are hesitant about leaving your child in the Nursery, parents are invited to stop and spend some time there.  Get to know Ms. Sabina and introduce your child to the space.  We are here to support you in the transition.

Engaging Kids

For Preschool and Elementary aged children, we offer numerous learning experiences for them to begin to learn how we worship.  Parents can review the Parent's Guide for Children in Worship which gives parents ideas about how to engage children in worship.  We also offer Kid’s Packs for children.  These are kid friendly items available in the Narthex with age appropriate Bibles and drawing supplies.  Parents can also pick up Children’s Bulletins which provide simple activities for the children to complete, activities that are connected to the worship service.

"Let the Children Come"

There is also a special time during worship, “Let the Children Come”, in which children are invited forward to the front of the church during the worship service.  During this time, one of the Pastors or a trained lay worship leader offers the children a time of reflection connected to the day’s scripture in an age appropriate way.  This allows the children to hear and experience the Good News in a way that they can understand.

Children's Church

We also offer our children ages 3-7 the opportunity to attend Children’s Church.  Immediately following “Let the Children Come”, children are invited to Room 210, for a more active time of worship led by a team of trained teachers.  Children are offered a few minutes of play, which is then followed by a learning experience that engages the children in the scripture of the day.


Regardless of age, all children are invited forward to receive Communion.  Pastors and Communion servers will assist children in the process when they come forward.  For children, Communion is an expression of God’s love for them.  Infants are invited forward to receive a blessing from the Pastors.

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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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