Where You Belong!

Welcome to Fairlington United Methodist Church's Youth program.  The mission of our youth ministry is to create a safe and empowering community for our youth to grow in their relationships with God and one another, using our time together to increase their faith, confirm their hope, and perfect them in love.

Our youth program is for 6th through 12th graders and has three key components:  Service, Worship, and Fellowship.  We offer regular Sunday evening programs as well as a variety of missional, worship, and faith development opportunities throughout the year.

To read more about the foundations of our ministry to teenagers, Click Here

Our youth ministry is supported by a staff of paid professionals and a group of dedicated volunteers.  Our Youth Counselors are primarily relational, offering our youth a place that is safe and supportive.  All of our youth counselors receive annual training on effective youth ministry practices and have completed full Background Checks.  They follow the child safety guidelines of Fairlington UMC's Child Protection Policy and have been trained in Safe Sanctuaries, the United Methodist Church's official child safety program.

Sunday Evening Youth Program and Dinner Night

On Sunday evenings, 6th-12th graders are invited to gather for an evening of faith formation.  Our programs include dinner, games, a learning experience, and worship.  Our learning experiences are taylored to meet the needs of the different age groups, and allow teenagers the opportunity for reflection on how their faith is lived out in the world about them.

Special Programs

Our youth ministry offers a variety of special programs throughout the year.  Our special programs offer opportunities for fellowship, activity, and service.  From feeding the hungry, to roller skating, to nature hikes, we provide a different experiences for our teenagers to encounter God and grow in community.

For a copy of our 2017-2018 youth group calendar, Click Here

Sunday School

Sunday School classes for youth meet on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:30am throughout the year.  Middle schoolers are introduced to biblical and theological concepts in an active, fast paced, welcoming environment.  Teachers use the "Grow, Proclaim, Serve!" curriculum, allowing them great flexibility and variety in their design of learning experiences.  High Schoolers will experience a relevant, discussion based learning experience in their classroom.  Everyday struggles of high schoolers are tackled using a variety of media presentations, and they are allowed great freedom in struggling with questions in open ended ways.

Middle schoolers meet in Room 302 and High Schoolers meet in Room 306. 


In the 8th grade, children are invited to join the church.  We offer a 6 month program every Sunday morning where children are introduced to the practices and traditions of our church within a theological framework.  Each child is accompanied by a Mentor who guides the young person and journeys with them through the process.  Classes are lead by ordained ministers, offering the young people access to theologically trained adults in the church.  At the end of the program, the youth are invited to officially join Fairlington United Methodist Church as full members.


As the young person completes their education in high school, they participate in a worship service fostering their transition from our Children and Youth programs to the adult education programs.  They are featured as guest speakers in the worship, and offer their thoughts about the meaning of our community in their lives and the ways they have been spiritually prepared to take a larger independent step into the world.

Why all the Orange???

God is Orange
Orange has no rhyming word in the English language,
So the word is unique just as God is unique.
Orange is made up of two colors, red and yellow.
Red stands for the fire of the Holy Spirit, and yellow stands for the light of Christ.
These two colors come together to form a third color.
Thus, orange is a mystery.
Like the mystery of our God
as the Trinity --
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Science has discovered that orange is the only color that does not disappear or fade into the atmosphere.
Therefore it is always with us
Just as God is always with us.
So take notice of the presence of orange all around you as you come and go in God's world.
Remember that God is truly there with you.


If you would like to join Fairlington Youth Group

or have a question,

click here:  I Have a Question

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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