Older Adult Ministries

Fairlington’s Older Adult Ministry was consecrated on December 22, 2002. The objectives of the ministry are:

1. To fully involve older adults in every phase of worship, ministry, and mission.

2. To keep our older adults who no longer drive or can no longer attend Fairlington on Sunday morning because of physical impairment within our fellowship using programs of shepherding, visitation,  and communion delivery .

3. To promote intergenerational fellowship experiences such as the Foster Grandparent Program so that our traditions and commitment to the faith and to each other may be transmitted to generation after generation.

 

Foster Grandparent Program

This program matches middle and high school youth with older adults for visitation, occasional church gatherings, and sharing. The highlights of the program include the annual high tea, which honors the paired grandparents/grandchildren.  The group sponsors other activities, such as the July ice cream social which brings church members and Fairlington neighbors of all ages together to socialize.  If you are a youth 6th grade through 12th grade and you desire to become a foster grandchild, or if you are an adult member of the congregation, 60+ years old and desire to be a grandparent to one of our youth, contact the church office at 703.671.8557.

 

Fairlington In Touch

These are church members who have a special relationship with one of our older members and serve by regularly visiting them at home or a retirement community or nursing home. Some members do more than simply visit, and actually act as “shepherds” for persons who need an occasional ride to the doctor’s office or to have an errand run. If you feel the call to serve members of our church family in this way, contact the church office at 703.671.8557 or office@fairlingtonumc.org.

 

Aged to Perfection (ATP) 

Fairlington’s Aged to Perfection group shares Christian fellowship and a love of adventure, as they make monthly trips to locations in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. Many of the trips are to historic landmarks, while others are to regional theaters for plays or musicals. Lunch always follows, either on site or at a nearby restaurant. The group generally meets the 3rd Thursday of the month, and meets in January to plan the trips for the entire year. Some recent trips have included: The George Washington Masonic Temple, The National Portrait Gallery, the Riverside Dinner Theater, Hillwood Mansion, and Gunston Hall Plantation. Click the link above to see our current list of trips.

Communion Delivery

Fairlington pastors and lay members are available to deliver Holy Communion to those who are homebound or hospitalized on a Communion Sunday. If you or a friend or relative wishes Communion delivered, please contact the church office to have your name included. You will be contacted by the pastor/lay person prior to their visit.

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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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