Memorial services

When someone we love dies, Christians mark their life and death with appropriate ending rituals. A service of Christian worship is suitable for funerals and memorial services. The services of Death and Resurrection are part of the larger ministry of the Church at the time of death. 
Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: Who do I call first?
A: The pastors should be notified immediately when a death has occurred with those related to our congregation. Prayers and other acts of worship are helpful even before there is the planning of funerals or other services. Call the church office at 703-671-8557 to reach the pastors during business hours.  After hours the message will direct you to an alternate phone number. You may also email Pastor Mary Beth or Assoc. Pastor Devon Earle.

Q: How do I handle all the details of planning a service?
A: Members of the parish are well served to contact their pastors before they make arrangements through funeral homes, cemeteries, florists and others who play a role in the service.   

Q: Is it possible for a person who is not a member to have a service in the church?

A: Yes. Fairlington United Methodist Church is here to help people in the community during times of celebration, dying and death. 

Q: Is it appropriate to have an anniversary memorial during a birthday or anniversary?

A: Yes. Recurring memorial acts and services are occasions both of healing and of celebration. The pastors have resources to help you plan and mark these occasions.   

Blog Posts

Coming Up at Fairlington

Posted by FUMC on June 21, 2018 at 4:42pm 0 Comments

Dear Fairlington Members and Friends,

This Sunday many important things will be happening. In worship, we will focus on finding peace in the midst of storms while we light candles to represent prayers for ourselves and our world. Our three summer mission teams will be commissioned at 9:30 and 11 am, and a reception honoring newly ordained Pastor Devon will be held following each service.

A workday is being organized on Saturday, and again June 30, 8:00-11:30 to help renovate the woods near the upper parking lot.  Here’s some helpful information about this new project for our church and community.

Next week, on Tuesday and Wednesday, our church parking lots will be resurfaced and painted.  The church will be open and parking will be available with our neighbors at Fairlington Presbyterian…


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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