Update from Pastor Tim and the Session
Dear Fairview family,
Ecclesiastes 3 begins “For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under Heaven” and this year has certainly been a season of trials, of sacrifices, and of difficult decisions for all of us. As a church, we are passionate about both worship and also loving each other and our neighbors. We have prayerfully considered how to honor the Gospel and the calling on our lives in this complex and dynamically changing moment.
In response to the rising cases in Pennsylvania, the Session has decided to cancel in-person worship and all in-person indoor gatherings at Fairview from December 13th through January 3rd. This includes Christmas Eve services as well as all small groups that meet in the church building. The worship teams will continue to lead the Sunday morning service and the Tech team will have it livestreamed to our Facebook page and website. This was not a decision made lightly but one made through discernment, prayer, and thoughtful consideration.
Fortunately, our worship does not depend upon a building or being in person. In Psalm 132, we read “let us go to His dwelling place; let us worship at His footstool.” We know that the miracle of Christmas is that God’s place of dwelling is not any temple or church building, but you and me. We are His dwelling place – that God took on human form and came to dwell among us! We do not need to be in a specific building to worship but can make a joyful noise from our homes to celebrate the Risen King this Christmas season.
Thank you for the sacrificial spirit you have all embodied throughout this time and I hope we will continue to embody God’s treasure in jars of clay: “afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair.”
Please join us at our virtual worship service: 10:30 AM
Our mix of traditional and contemporary style worship embraces the rich heritage of our Reformed Presbyterian faith through the preaching of God’s word, scripture readings, prayer, congregational responses, singing of classic hymns and contemporary spiritual songs, as well as anthems by the Fairview Evangelical Presbyterian Church choir.
Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, our service is open to you. We want you to deepen your relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ and seek to help you grow in your understanding of the Bible.
Children in Worship
Children up to 8 years old are encouraged to participate in their “Time for Young Disciples,” a brief message during the worship service, after which children ages 5 through 2nd grade are dismissed for Junior Church, where an age appropriate lesson is taught. Childcare is available for children through age 4 in our Nursery.
Christmas and Easter Cantatas
On the Sunday before Christmas, and on Easter Sunday, the Fairview Evangelical Presbyterian Church Choir, offers a musical cantata, accompanied by a full orchestra.
Fairview confesses Reformed Covenantal Theology. Baptism is based upon confession of faith in Jesus Christ. For an adult, that confession of faith must be their own. For an infant, that confession of faith must be made by at least one of the child’s parents. In presenting a child for baptism, parents are promising to do all in their power to raise their child to honorable, faithful adulthood, knowing and loving Jesus Christ. If you have questions about baptism, please speak with Tim Latham.
The Lord’s Supper
Baptism is the entry point to the community of Christ. The Lord’s Supper, (also known as Communion or the Eucharist) is the sign of continuing to walk with Christ in faithful adulthood. The Lord’s Supper is offered on the first Sunday of the month and on Maundy Thursday, during Holy Week. We also provide extended communion for members unable to be present when the sacrament is celebrated.
The key events of life should be marked by a solemn ceremony in God’s presence, followed by a time of celebration. Fairview Evangelical Presbyterian Church’s beautiful second floor sanctuary, with a center aisle, is located in a picturesque part of Chester County, PA. For more information about wedding services at Fairview, contact the church office and/or Tim.
We believe, as we sing in the words of hymn “In Christ Alone,” that “From life's first cry to final breath, Jesus commands [our] destiny.” A memorial service (funeral) at Fairview Evangelical Presbyterian Church is Christ centered. It is a witness to the hope of resurrection for those in Christ. For information about hosting a memorial service at Fairview, or interring a loved one in Fairview’s graveyard or columbarium, please contact the church office.