CHILDREN AND YOUTH

Children Christian Formation Programs

Fairlington United Methodist Church loves children and their families.  And, we offer a family friendly environment and a full range of programs that will meet children’s developmental needs from infancy to high school.  Sunday School takes place from 9:30-10:30 a.m. each Sunday and offers the opportunity for children to become grounded in the stories of the Christian faith. A team of two teachers leads each class, fostering the development of a strong faith based relationship between the teacher and student that provides the children a safe, warm, and welcoming environment.

A variety of special programs are also offered, including seasonal programs year around, as well as traditional programs like Vacation Bible School.  Our special programs provide open ended experiences for the children to encounter God’s Word with one another, in a fun, engaging environment.  Children are welcome as full participants in the worship life of the church and are invited to be as much a part of worship as their family desires.  We also provide special child centered worship opportunities throughout the year and children regularly participate in worship leadership.  

For information on Infants and Toddlers, click here:  Infants and Toddlers

For information on Preschoolers, click here:  Preschoolers

For information on Elementary Ages, click here:  Elementary Ages

Baptism:  In the United Methodist Church, we offer infant baptism for our children and their families, fully recognizing the presence of God’s grace in the lives of our littlest ones.  The covenant of Baptism also brings with it an understanding of the critical nature of community.  The child is baptized into the family of God, and we all covenant to care for and share the love of God with the child.


Holy Bible:  When the child reaches the third grade, we offer the child the opportunity to receive a Bible.  At this time in their life, there is a heightened awareness and ability to learn the story of God and God’s redemption of humanity.  A child is ready to read and learn on their own and begin to think about how their own story is part of God’s narrative.  The Holy Bible is presented to the child in worship- a ceremony underscoring the importance of scripture in our lives.

Children in Worship:  You can find more information on how we support and engage our families with children related to worship, click here:  Children in Worship

 

Our Volunteers:  All programs for children and youth are led by trained, loving adults dedicated to sharing their faith with our children.  These adults also agree to uphold our Child Protection Policy.  Our Child Protection Policy is a comprehensive document outlining the directives in place for protecting our children.  All volunteers are required to have a full Background Check completed by a third party.  Fairlington UMC is also a participant in the Safe Sanctuaries program, the official child safety program of the United Methodist Church.

If you have a question regarding our ministry to children,

click here:  I Have a Question


 

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Reconciling News

Pizza and a Movie! On Sunday night, July 16 at 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall, we will show the documentary film “An Act of Love.” This 90-minute award winning film tells the story of the Rev. Frank Schaefer’s fight for LGBTQ inclusion in the United Methodist Church. Rev. Schaefer had his ministerial credentials revoked in December 2013 after officiating his son’s same-sex wedding; they were later reinstated upon appeal.  See  http://www.anactoflovefilm.com for more information about the film.  Contact: Mark Elder markuselder@gmail.com. This event is free and no RSVP is required, please come!

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.

 

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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