In-Person Worship

All of our services are planned to provide those gathering online and onsite with a meaningful, safe worship experience regardless of their unique circumstances.

What to Know About Attending In Person

NEW: What's changing this summer for in-person gatherings?

Beginning in June – Nothing will change for children and students in June.

For adults, we will continue to social distance but face masks will be optional. The Hangar will serve as a venue where face masks are required for those who are more comfortable with that. We will continue to stream our services online.

Beginning in July – We plan to remove the social distancing protocols in all of our venues. Face masks will not be required for children or students (assuming the majority of students are vaccinated by then).

Several things factored into these decisions:

  1. We have a very high percentage of fully vaccinated individuals in our church and the percentage continues to grow.
  2. Our worship spaces are large and very well ventilated.
  3. The time that adults, students and children are gathered together in worship is relatively short (just a little over an hour).
  4. There is a growing level of comfort in the church with relaxing our protocols.

What do our on-site gatherings look like?

Pre-registration is required for each service to ensure we do not exceed our capacity in each venue. Services will be limited to 50% capacity.

Off-site parking and shuttle service will not be available.

Front doors open 10 minutes before each service and seating is on a first-come,
first-serve basis. When you arrive, please wait to be seated by an usher.

Our Great Room Coffee Shop is now open during our weekend services.

Our Hangar venue is available as an overflow seating option for those who would like
to participate in-person in a fully masked atmosphere.

What safety and health measures are being taken?

All of our worship venues will be operating at 50% capacity to allow for socially
distanced seating between attendees. Extra time has already been allotted between
services to allow us to sanitize each venue before the next service begins. Chairs will
be arranged to accommodate social distancing between families and groups.

While serving, all volunteers and staff will wear masks through the month of June. Masks are optional for all attendees, including children above the age of 2.

Do I need to register to attend services?

Yes. Registration is available 2 weeks prior to each service to give ample time to plan ahead and register.

Attendees, please self-screen before attending a service. Anyone experiencing a fever, cough, or other COVID-19 symptoms should not attend. Vulnerable populations should not attend at this time.

If you need to cancel or make any changes to your reservation, please email valerienolan@fairfax.cc.

What if I’m not ready to attend in-person services yet?

Until you feel comfortable attending in person, you are welcome to join us for Fairfax at Home, an identical online worship experience to our in-person gatherings. Each of our services will be broadcast on Facebook, YouTube, or on our Church Online platform.

How will response stations and offering work?

Our response stations (communion, candles, prayer and notes on the cross) will not be available at this time. However, we would still love to receive your prayer requests and pray for you through our online form. You can also submit prayer requests during live-streamed services in our Church Online platform.

We will not pass an offering basket. Tithes and offering can be placed in the bins in the back of the sanctuary or you may give online.

Spanish Translation services are available at our 11:15am service. Anyone attending in-person can connect to the live Facebook page to listen to the translated service on the phone. Headphones will be available if you do not have a pair of your own.

I'm new—how do I get connected?

If you are new to Fairfax, need care, want to join a group, or would like to talk to someone after the service, let us know! Get connected in person at our welcome table outside the lobby doors or online on our New Here form.

Does Fairfax Kids have in-person programming?

Fairfax Kids has resumed limited in-person services for preschool and elementary (K-6) kids during our 5:00pm, 9:30 am and 11:15 am services. In order to provide a safe space for your children, there are a limited number of spaces able to register for each service. You can reserve your child’s spot in Fairfax Kids on the same form used to reserve your ticket for the service.

How do Student Ministries services work?

Yes. The Hub (middle school) and The Hangar (high school) meets on-site in a limited capacity. The Hangar and the Hub will host services at 4:30 and 6:30pm on Sundays. Pre-registration is required, as capacity for each service will be limited to 50% capacity.

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What about Transit, Neighborhood Groups and Classes?

All groups and classes will continue to meet online. You can learn more about groups and sign up online.