11:00 am worship at Fairview is a traditional United Methodist service. Dress ranges from casual to Sunday best, so you can always come as you are. We use the United Methodist hymnal for most of our music, accompanied by piano or organ, but we often incorporate contemporary praise music as well, accompanied by guitar. At least once a month we are blessed by the singing of Sunnyside, a gospel group, which supplements our church choir. Communion is also celebrated monthly and on special holy days. Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunrise are celebrated with special evening services.
Each Sunday service includes a sermon by our pastor or by a lay speaker in her absence. Occasionally a guest preacher or someone from the community will speak on a specific topic, for example, Interfaith Hospitality Network.
There is a special Children's Sermon for elementary age children during the Sunday worship service. The children gather at the altar for a short message. On special Sundays like Mother's Day or Father's Day they give out flowers or candy to members of the congregation. A nursery for children under six is provided for Sunday services and other church events. A service of learning, worship, and communion is also held every Wednesday at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary.
Lay Servant Ministries
These people work with the minister to conduct the worship service and speak when the pastor is unavailable. These lay persons, those who are non-clergy, not only fill in for the pastor, but also teach, train, lead, and serve the members of their congregation in a variety of ways. See the Lay Servant Training Brochure for more information or contact Karen Woodby (341-6985).
Realizing that all tastes are not the same, a variety of music is provided during worship services and special events by our choir, children and youth, organist and pianist, our home-grown gospel group, Sunnyside, as well as other talented church members. To share your musical talents by joining our choir, offering to play a musical instrument or just suggesting a favorite hymn or guest performer, contact Karen Briggs (863-7829).
Ushers greet, pass out bulletins, help with seating, pass the collection plates and gather prayer request cards during worship services. They assist on a rotating schedule. For information on this excellent opportunity for men, women and youth to serve, contact Ralph Fulkerson (753-6667).
Each Sunday two of our elementary children bring the light of Christ or the communion elements into our worship service. The children are instructed, during a brief class, on the importance and meaning of this duty. This is also on a rotational basis. For more information, contact Vicki Taylor (753-4767).
Weekly prepares the Sanctuary for reverant worship.
Cares for and arranges Sanctuary for all services including Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals and other.
Works with Pastor, worship leaders, musicians, ushers and other.
Provides and cares for Holy Communion elements, candles and other articles.
DISCIPLESHIP - Growing people spiritually through education and other means
SUNDAY CHURCH SCHOOL (nursery provided)
Sunday School is provided for all ages with an opportunity to come together in a small group for Christian growth and fellowship.
CHILDREN'S CLASSES K - 6
These classes meet downstairs. For information on serving with this ministry, contact Anita Hensley (943-9028).
YOUTH CLASSES 7 - 12
For information, contact Brenda Hensley (753-2156).
YOUNG ADULT 18 - 35 (ish)
For information, contact Tony Banchetto, Tonya Banchetto, or Austin Horne (423-999-0284).
Bible studies are provided throughout the year with new studies announced in the bulletin and newsletter. If you are interested in teaching a study, contact Linda Parks (913-2806).
FRIENDS IN CHRIST
This class uses the "Adult Bible Studies Series Quarterly", an official resource for the United Methodist Church. Meet with Judy Jones (341-3759) in the room at end of new Fellowship Hall.
This class's primary focus is on biblical studies, for example, a particular book of the Bible or a biblical character (Max Lucado's study of Hebrews and The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey). The second focus is on maturing our faith. We look at faith issues and principles for becoming more like Jesus (30 Life Principles by Charles Stanley and James MacDonald's Lord, Change My Attitude. Occasionally the class will undertake a book review type study such as The Shack or Heaven is for Real.
This group meets in Room 3 downstairs with Kenny Archer (913-2302).
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (annually)
VBS provides a week-long evening Bible study for children K - 8, including music, crafts, storytelling, and snacks. Typically, this is the first full week of June. The children present a special program at the end of the week, which is followed by a cookout and fellowship, where the excitement of the previous week is shared with all who are present. Portions of their final program are presented during Sunday worship. There are many opportunities to help with music, crafts, storytelling, classes, snacks and transportation. Contact is Anita Hensley (943-9028).
CHILDREN AND YOUTH MINISTRY
A meal, Bible study, and fellowship are provided Wednesdays from 6:00 - 7:30 pm for children and youth K - 12. This evening serves as a mini-VBS program.
Fairview's Youth Ministry includes activities throughout the week and throughout the year.
There is Sunday School for 7th-12th graders on Sunday morning from 10:00 am to 11:00 am in the main upstairs youth room. These classes focus on Bible learning and practical application of God's word into our everyday lives.
Sunday afternoons youth can participate in WAM, The Worship Arts Movement. It is open to all youth grades 7-12 who are interested in how God might use them to be in worship, express their creative side, and work together to develop offerings of "art" to God. You don't have to be an artist to fit in this group. We explore many areas like crafts, singing, instruments, drama, dance, and media/technology. WAM is offered seasonally throughout the year.
Wednesday activities begin with a free supper at 6:00 pm, followed by class from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Class for Senior High 9th-12th graders is held in main youth room; Junior High 7th-8th graders meet in a downstairs classroom. Both classes look at current issues that students face, what the Bible says about them, and how we can work together to support each other through life.
On Fridays and Saturdays many fun activities and local mission projects are offered throughout the year. Stay tuned to the website, bulletin, class announcements, and youth facebook page for details.
Every January the youth travel to Gatlinburg, Tennessee for a weekend retreat. We stay in a cabin, share meals together, and take part in a spiritual retreat that refreshes us and builds our Christian community with other students in the area. During the summer we take two trips. We attend a week-long camp called Assembly that is held on the campus of a Methodist college in the area. We also take a week long mission trip out of the area to experience other communities and to be in service to the people.
To serve with our youth, contact Jan Orchard and Michelle Watts (423-218-7900). To serve with our children, contact Anita Hensley (943-9028).
WEDNESDAY NIGHT ADULT PROGRAM "Where two or more are gathered"
This adult study group meets Wednesdays at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary for Communion and Bible study. The group is currently studying the Apostles Creed. For more information, contact Mike Woodby (753-2726).
NUTURE - Ensuring church members remain in community
We offer small groups and classes to help us connect with others, grow deeper in our faith and inspire us to live out our God-given purposes. Small group opportunities include Bible studies, Beth Moore studies, and the following:
UNITED METHODIST MEN
This group ministry is available to all men of Fairview, offering them opportunity for fellowship, spiritual growth, and service. We offer our men ways to become involved and use their talents to help others in the community, deepening their spiritual lives in the process. This group meets on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 for a meal and fellowship. It is active in mission projects including special outings with the youth, local disaster relief, and providing repairs to property of members and those in the community. UMM has worked with other church members and area churches in site cleanup and rebuilding after tornados and floods struck the area. They are also involved with the E.T.Y.O. - East Tennessee Youth Outdoors turkey hunt in the spring and usually sponsor a co-ed skeet shoot in the fall. For more information, contact Carl Hensley (943-9029).
This group of women meets at 7:00 pm the first Monday of each month for a meal, devotions, and fellowship at the church or a member's home. Holiday cards are sent to the elderly, fruit baskets taken to shut-ins and nursing home residents, and food and clothing donations made to needy children of the community. Members also enjoy participating in area women's conferences. Projects are funded by preparing banquets for various church functions or catering for outside groups. This group is open to all age groups. Contact is Anita Hensley (943-9028).
This is a ministry of presence. Blood Pressures are taken the 1st Sunday of each month. Included in this ministry is visitation of the congregation in sickness and those in need. Also, health education is provided when needed. For more information, contact our Parish Nurse, Debbie Carr (753-4606).