A comprehensive structure of facilities, classes and activities caters to children ranging in age from newborns to pre-teens.
Starting with spacious, modern and clean nursery facilities and progressing through classes for children from first grade through sixth grade, the emphasis is on security and focused care where children can have fun and learn about the Bible. Well-trained and spiritually-motivated teachers ensure that the learning experience is positive and makes a lasting impression on the children entrusted to them every Sunday morning.
This is an innovative addition that takes place during the regular church service and includes all the elements of “big church”—except that the children play games at the end. There’s a time of singing, an offering is taken, Bible lessons are taught, and there is always a message from the Junior Church preacher.
Other activities planned throughout the year include cookouts and field trips, but the highlight for Junior Church is the annual summer camp at Rapidan Baptist Camp. For many children, this camp is the first extended time away from home without family. The week features fun and games and solid preaching from the Bible.
THE MASTER’S KIDS CHOIR
The Master’s Kids Choir is a ministry for children in the 1st through 6th grades with more than 50 children in the choir. Children present four musical dramas from September through April —missions-themed productions in October and April, a Christmas program, and a patriotic program in February. All of the doctrinally-sound programs present a Salvation message. There are plenty of opportunities for teens and adults to be involved in the choir by helping with props, costumes, and working with the children as they learn the songs and memorize the scripts.
Games. Candy. Activities. A model car Grand Prix. Hikes. And lots of Bible memorization. This is the essence of AWANA, a hugely popular program that entertains and educates children from K4 through 6th grade every Wednesday night during the school year.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
One week every summer brings in children from our church and surrounding community to teach them about Jesus. The week is filled with Bible lessons, crafts, singing and lots of fun games.
Fairfax Baptist Temple has a large and vibrant Teen Group that provides exciting and challenging opportunities for young people to grow spiritually, make good Christian friends, serve the Lord, and have fun! Teenagers meet each Sunday morning during the Bible Study Fellowship hour starting at 9.00 AM, and on Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM for CrossFlow.
Major activities through the year range from a summer camp at the Wilds in North Carolina, to a foreign missions trip, a visit to a leading Christian college and an annual Teen Crusade that includes teenagers from the surrounding community in a week of team competitions and spiritual challenges. Interspersed with these big events are monthly outings that include go-karting, pizza nights, sports nights, scavenger hunts, banquets, cookouts, and one surprisingly popular stay awake all night and play in the gym event appropriately called “Insomnia.”
Central to the life of this high-energy group of young people is its focus on the Bible—its wisdom and precepts inform all that the teenagers do, and study of the Bible is given first place. When the teenagers come together it is not as a social club but as committed young Christians learning how to walk with God, and to have a lot of fun while doing it!
World Evangelism is the heartbeat of Fairfax Baptist Temple that begins with a concern for reaching out to the local community. Teenagers share in this experience every Wednesday afternoon after school (and many continue through the school holidays) when they bus into a neighborhood, knock on doors, share the Gospel and extend invitations to visit FBT. The afternoon always ends with a stop at restaurant before arriving back at church for the evening service.
A different country is selected for each week-long trip that is financed to a large extent by the fundraising efforts of those who go. Last year it was Costa Rica. A large group of FBT teenagers travelled all over the country, visiting volcanoes, rain forests, and waterfalls, tasting exotic foods, meeting and making new friends, and sharing the Gospel at every opportunity. During these visits the teenagers work closely with a local missionary who acts as the host and ensures that they have many opportunities to make an impact on local communities.
Annual visits to different Christian colleges present an opportunity for high school students to see what college life is like first-hand. It is a trip of firsts for many students. For some, it is the first time flying. For some, it is the first time visiting another part of the country (last year it was California). For some, it is the first time seeing a college campus up close. For all the visitors it is always spiritually uplifting to experience a Christian college where young men and women are preparing themselves for full-time ministry or secular careers, in a positive, Christ-centered environment.
The contribution of single men and women to the life of Fairfax Baptist Temple is highly valued—for their energy and enthusiasm and the very diverse range of skills and experience they bring with them. To cater to this diversity there are Sunday Bible Study Fellowship Classes for professionals, for those starting a career path, and for singles attending college. Numerous monthly and annual activities flow from these classes.
Monthly activities include a dinner every third Sunday night, a “Singspiration” fellowship every first Sunday night, volleyball twice a month and Bible studies for men and women twice a month, hosted in different homes. Hiking, bowling, skiing and white-water rafting complete a busy program.
Annual highlights are a Singles’ Conference at FBT and a Singles’ retreat at the Wilds camp in North Carolina.
In addition to the usual activities of our church there are numerous events designed specifically for men to enjoy fellowship with each other and encourage their spiritual growth. Our aim is to edify, uplift, and train godly men who will serve as leaders in their homes, at work, and throughout their daily walk with God.
We meet at a local shooting range on the second Tuesday of each month for target practice and fellowship. The evening ends with a devotional time around God’s Word that includes a simple presentation of the Salvation message. This is a wonderful opportunity to invite unsaved friends and co-workers who may not otherwise be exposed to Christian fellowship and Bible preaching.
Delicious breakfast food, warm friendship, prayer, and challenging messages from different speakers each month make an inviting recipe! We meet on every third Saturday at 8:00 AM for about an hour, gathering first as a large group and ending with smaller group prayers at individual tables to encourage interaction and sharing. Many of the men follow up this time together by pairing up to go on door-to-door visitation in the surrounding community.
A vital contribution to the physical upkeep of the church during the summer months is a weekly gathering of teams of men who volunteer one Saturday every six weeks to mow, trim, weed, plant and generally maintain our 27 acres of lawns, trees, playing fields and flowerbeds. Friendly rivalry between the teams and good Christian fellowship make this a popular activity.
Other activities during the year include a father-son camping trip, golf tournaments and the occasional chili cook-off. In a church our size hardly a week passes without some opportunity for men to gather and interact in a way that strengthens their spiritual and emotional well-being.
Highlights are the Ladies’ Seminar in the spring every other year, featuring powerful speakers who offer unique teachings and insights into the role of women in the home, the family, the community and the church. Churches from around the area also attend, and it is always a great time to network with other believers and enjoy a full morning of encouragement and fellowship.
Ladies’ Refresh meetings
Monthly evening meetings are scheduled throughout the year, where the ladies are encouraged by testimonies, devotional challenges, and an evening out with friends. The aim of the activities is to provide support and encouragement for the wives, mothers, daughters and single women of FBT through fun, food and fellowship. Some activities are specifically designed to encourage the invitation of friends and relatives so that they can experience the warmth of Christian fellowship and hear about the saving and transforming life of Jesus Christ.
HELPING HANDS MINISTRY
The Helping Hands Ministry meets weekly to make prayer shawls, blankets, and greeting/event cards for those in need. There is a brief devotional and opportunity to go on visits. This is an excellent opportunity for fellowship, encouragement, and various involvement in reaching out to our FBT family. Bring a smile, yarn, and cards.
Fairfax Baptist Temple seniors meets for an hour every Sunday morning at 9:00 am. Once a month, our senior citizen leaders participate in an outreach ministry to a local health care center where they conduct a Bible Study and worship service. Other scheduled activities and times to fellowship are held on Thursday mornings or weekends.
There is no age limit for participation in the class, but it is generally for those aged 60 and above.
In 1988, Pastor Troy Calvert started the Templo Bautista de Fairfax as a ministry of Fairfax Baptist Temple. What started as a small group of men meeting together has grown into a church of over 250 people that gather together to worship the Lord every week. In January 2006, a transition took place as Dr. Bud Calvert transferred the pulpit of Fairfax Baptist Temple over to his son, Troy, who then transferred the pulpit of Templo Bautista de Fairfax over to his assistant Pastor Jack Ramos. We thank God for this “church within a church” and invite you to learn more by visiting their website at templobautista.org.
Pastor Jack Ramos
Pastor Jack Ramos has led our Spanish Church since January 2006, when he took over from Troy Calvert. A second generation Hispanic, Jack and his wife Esther have three children. Prior to joining FBT, Jack served at the U.S. Department of Justice as an investigative specialist in the Office of the Inspector General, and he also spent four years as an Operations Specialist aboard the USS San Jacinto visiting twenty-five countries during that time. He enjoys relaxing with his family, traveling throughout Northern Virginia, and visiting museums. He has earned an MPA, Public Administration and a BA, Government & International Politics, both from George Mason University.