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 one of the Children's Church leaders.
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.
Other activities planned throughout the year include cookouts and field trips, but the highlight is the annual summer camp at The Wilds Christian 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.
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! We have named our group FBTeens, and we seek to instill in the young people an attitude of creating change without compromise in our culture. Teenagers meet each Sunday morning during the Bible Study Fellowship hour starting at 9.00 AM, and most Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM.
Major activities through the year range from a summer camp at the Wilds in North Carolina, to 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 once a month on 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.
Each summer the teens have the opportunity to travel to the Wilds Christian Camp in Brevard, NC. This is a wonderful opportunity for God to work in their lives through Godly preaching, teaching, and music, apart from the distractions of every day. It is also a chance to make new friends as well as lasting memories with old friends. For more information and to view what is currently going on at the ministries of the Wilds, check out their website at Wilds.org.
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 dinners on Sunday night, “Singspiration” fellowships, volleyball, and Bible studies for men and women, hosted in different homes. Hiking, bowling, skiing and white-water rafting complete a busy program.
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 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.
Breakfast food, warm friendship, prayer, and challenging messages from different speakers each month make an inviting recipe! We meet one Saturday a month 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.
FBT Ladies meetings
Special events and activities 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 often to make prayer shawls, blankets, and greeting/event cards for those in need. This ministry also assists teachers in sorting and preparing materials for the school year. There is often 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.