"Artful Wordship, Joyful Service"
"ARTFUL WORSHIP, JOYFUL SERVICE"
HOME OF THE FAIRFAX FOOD PANTRY
We are a warm, loving community of spiritual seekers. Our denomination is the United Church of Christ - find out more by going to http://www.UCC.org.
We are NOT a typical church, and we're proud of it! We are made up of young and not-so-young, gay and not gay, all different levels of education, married, single, divorced, widowed. We come from a variety of church backgrounds, or no church background.
Our theological stance is best described by the Center for Progressive Christianity's 8 points. By calling ourselves progressive, we mean that we are Christians who:
1. Have found an approach to God through the life and teachings of Jesus,
2. Recognize the faithfulness of other people who have other names for the way to God's realm, and acknowledge that their ways are true for them, as our ways are true for us,
3. Understand the sharing of bread and wine in Jesus's name to be a representation of an ancient vision of God's feast for all peoples,
4. Invite all people to participate in our community and worship life without insisting that they become like us in order to be acceptable (including but not limited to): believers and agnostics, conventional Christians and questioning skeptics, women and men, those of all sexual orientations and gender identities, those of all races and cultures, those of all classes and abilities, those who hope for a better world and those who have lost hope,
5. Know that the way we behave toward one another and toward other people is the fullest expression of what we believe,
6. Find more grace in the search for understanding than we do in dogmatic certainty - more value in questioning than in absolutes,
7. Form ourselves into communities dedicated to equipping one another for the work we feel called to do: striving for peace and justice among all people, protecting and restoring the integrity of all God's creation, and bringing hope to those Jesus called the least of his sisters and brothers, and
8. Recognize that being followers of Jesus is costly, and entails selfless love, conscientious resistance to evil, and renunciation of privilege.
All are welcome to join us at Christ's table.
Our Mission Statement
Using Jesus as our model, Fairfax Community Church is committed to embodying compassionate love in our congregation, our community and the world.
This banner, showing Peacemakers in our community and
in the world, was created by Eleanor Harvey, an FCC member.
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST HISTORY OF FIRSTS
We are proud to be a part of the United Church of Christ, which has a long and amazing history - including being one of the first American organizations to take a stand against slavery (1700), having the first woman ordained as a Christian minister (1853) and the ordination of the first openly gay Christian minister (1972).
To see more of our history of firsts go to: http://www.ucc.org/about-us/ucc-firsts.html
FAIRFAX COMMUNITY CHURCH HISTORY
On December 9, 1919, a small group of Christian women were invited to the home of Mrs. Paulson (see picture below) to talk about how a Protestant Christian church might be started in Fairfax. At the end of two years, this determined group of tireless women had earned enough to buy two lots on Park road. To make the project more attractive to generous donors, it was decided to construct a combination church, community center and Masonic Hall. It eventually also housed the first Fairfax Town Hall. More to come!
Vision Statement: Responding to God's love, the Fairfax Community Church strives to be: