What to Expect

What time do worship services start?
9:00   Celebration worship service – sanctuary
  • Children start in the worship services and, after the children’s moment in the service (about 10-15 minutes), they are invited to attend Sunday School classes (ages 2 or 3 through 5th grade).
  • Childcare for children younger than 2 years old is available in our nursery.
  • Adult Sunday School meets at 9:00 in the parlor (across the patio in the Benedict Hall building).
  • Fellowship time with light refreshments is available in the parlor after worship.
10:30   Classic worship service – sanctuary
  • Children in kindergarten through 5th grade start their Sunday School class right at 10:30 in their classroom. At about 11:00, they move to the choir room next door and have Joy Singers children’s choir rehearsal.
  • Childcare for preschool children is available in our nursery.
  • Youth Sunday School classes (for 6th grade and older) are known as “Breakfast Club” groups. The younger youth (Middle School) and older youth (High School) meet at 10:30-11:30 in the youth rooms in Benedict Hall building. Youth families take turns providing breakfast items (treats, juice, etc.).
  • Fellowship time with light refreshments is available in the parlor after worship.
Information about children’s Sunday School can be found on the Children’s Ministry page here.
Here is a link to a United Methodist General Board of Discipleship site with fun and short informative videos about various elements of worship and things about the United Methodist church (e.g. the liturgical colors, our hymnal, Confirmation, etc.):  www.chuckknowschurch.com
What is your dress code?

We do not have a dress code, some come in casual sportswear, others in business attire – come in what is comfortable for you. Please be aware that some of us are sensitive to fragrances.

What are the services like?
Our school year 9 a.m. Celebration Service has a more contemporary feel with music led by our Praise Team.  Newer songs sing our praise and touch our hearts.

Our school year 10:30 a.m. Classic Service has more traditional elements but is still warm and inviting.  Hymns of our faith are sung and an anthem is usually presented by our Choir.

Will I have to give an offering?
Offerings are received each Sunday – which supports the mission and ministry of the church.  If you choose to do so we welcome your offering but it is not necessary to be able to worship with us or to be a part of our faith community. Our offering plates may seem empty as they are passed among us on Sunday mornings because many people choose to donate to church through our online giving or via text.

Will my children feel comfortable?

Children are welcome during worship services and invited to come up with Pastor Joyce or a layperson for a special message early in the service. We offer children’s bulletins and clipboards with paper and crayons for children to use – see the table just to the left before you enter the sanctuary. Nursery care is available for children ages four and younger during the entire service.

On a regular basis, both services are delighted to invite our youth and children’s choirs to offer songs to God.

I am single, divorced, widowed, gay, from a different church, a different culture, rich, poor, and/or my spouse doesn’t attend church – will I be welcome at Fairwood?
We know God loves all and welcomes all to worship.   We have worked to truly be open and inclusive to all persons – and are now recognized as a Reconciling congregation in the Reconciling Ministries Network. We hope you experience our welcome as a reflection of God’s love for you just as you are!

Special Needs?
The church, sanctuary, parlor and rest rooms are wheel chair accessible. We have a unisex bathroom located in the nursery room.  Assisted listening devices are available for the hard of hearing.  Please ask an usher for assistance. ASL interpretation can be made available by calling or e-mailing the pastor pastor@fairwoodumc.org– we have a volunteer interpreter who needs to know in advance!
Where will I park?
Parking is available around our building. There is usually parking in the back if the front lot is full.
What do Methodists believe about Communion?

We believe in regular participation in Holy Communion.  It is also called The Lord’s Supper or Eucharist (the biblical Greek word for Thanksgiving). We believe that the spiritual presence of our Lord Jesus Christ is experienced in the sacrament of Holy Communion. The bread represents the body of Jesus, broken for humanity. We offer a gluten free alternative to the bread. The wine (we use unfermented grape juice to allow for the participation of all, including children and those addicted to alcohol) represents the blood of Christ shed for the forgiveness of sins. The liturgy of the sacrament of Holy Communion recalls the entire gospel story, the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Holy Communion celebrates the unity of all the members of God’s family in heaven and earth. We practice “open communion” which means we welcome everyone to the Lord’s Table. Christians from other denominations and seekers who do not yet consider themselves Christians are welcomed to the table.worship

To find out when we next celebrate Holy Communion, visit our Communion & Sermons Schedule page.


What do you believe about Baptism?
For United Methodists, baptism is the sacrament of belonging, of initiation that joins us with the Church of Jesus Christ and with Christians everywhere. It is a symbol of the new life in Christ and promise of God’s saving love. By this act we acknowledge our entrance into the family of God. We baptize persons of any age, infants through adults. We believe a person should only be baptized once, but that rededication and renewal of baptismal vows is always to be encouraged. United Methodists may be baptized by sprinkling, pouring, or immersion.

Can I have my wedding at your church?

Fairwood Community UMC facilities are available to the community for weddings by arrangement with Pastor Joyce. To inquire, contact us at (425) 228- 4577 or email Pastor Joyce at pastor@fairwoodumc.org.

How do I join the church?

New members are received after attending a new members class with Pastor Joyce.  Contact her if you’re interested in this.

Expectations of Members?

The purpose of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Members of Fairwood Community UMC are expected to actively participate in the life and mission of the church by supporting the church with their prayers, their presence, their gifts, their service, and their witness.

How do I receive Pastoral Care?

Please contact Pastor Joyce at the church office to request an appointment. We also offer well trained lay Stephen Ministries visitors – also contact the pastor for more information.

Prayer Concerns / Requests

Opportunities for intercessory prayer are included in every worship service – these are then shared with the whole congregation; in addition requests can be made for prayer by our confidential prayer team. Contact the church office (425) 228-4577 or email us your prayers or concerns to pastor@fairwoodumc.org