We have two online services on Sundays at 9am and 11am (all times EDT)
All are welcome to join us for these services. You can view them on our public Facebook page.
Dear Fairmount Families,
In light of our world's current circumstances, the church’s Prayer Ministry is conducting a "24 Hour Prayer Vigil". All across the globe there are people adversely affected by COVID-19. We see that fear has gripped those with and without the virus, we see that grief has fallen upon families who have lost loved ones, and we see that devastation is running rampant in our society.
While these times are uncertain, we as the church have the unique ability to bring hope, joy, and light to all those around us. Prayer is our most powerful weapon against COVID-19.
With this in mind, we invite you to join us in 24 hours of prayer for our community, nation, and world. We will begin this endeavor at 6 am on Thursday, April 9th and end at 6am on Friday, April 10th. During this time frame we encourage you to sign up via the Sign-Up Genius below for a 15 minute prayer window. Each time slot can be signed up for multiple times, and thus you may pray whenever is most convenient for you. Additionally, prayer points will be sent out this Wednesday with scriptures and guidance.
We hope that you will join us in prayer this Thursday and Friday. As a church, we can truly make a difference together in fighting against COVID-19.
Directions for Sign-Up:
- Click on the link OR scan the QR code above.
- Scroll through the available time options until you find a time that suits you.
- Once you have chosen a time slot click on the box titled "Sign-Up".
- Click on "Submit & Sign Up".
- Make sure that the quantity reads "1".
- Include your first and last name. (Note: email is optional)
- Click on "Sign Up Now!"
Video conferencing can be a great help for Bible studies, Lifegroups, and Bible school classes, especially now as we practice social isolation in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. The following free options are recommended for group leaders who want to arrange a virtual meeting. All of these tools can be used both on desktop/laptop computers (whether running Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook) and mobile devices (Apple or Android). Specific steps on how to utilize each tool are beyond the scope of this introduction, as the steps vary widely based on what device you are using to access the service.
- Strengths: Stable platform, records meetings that can be watched for up to 30 days, can be used in a browser on PC, screen sharing
- Weaknesses: 50-person limit in video meetings
Skype is one of the oldest video-calling platforms, but has continuously improved their product. Microsoft recently upgraded the video chat limit to 50 users, so it is suitable for all but the largest groups. Video meetings can be recorded, and the recording stays online for up to 30 days; you can also download the recording and upload it elsewhere (like YouTube) for people who missed the meeting. Skype has introduced a new "Meet Now" feature that allows anyone to create a Skype meeting and no one--not even the host--needs a Skype account.
- Strengths: 100-person limit, screen sharing, session recording, easy to use
- Weaknesses: 40-minute limit on meetings, some security concerns
Zoom is a popular video-conferencing app, and for good reason. It is extremely easy to use and set up--even for complete novices. You only need on Zoom account (the host) in order to host up to 100 people. The downside to the free Zoom account is the 40-minute limit on meetings. NOTE: If anyone in the meeting logs in with a paid account, the meeting will be updated to unlimited time, regardless of whether the host has a paid account. Once the host schedules a meeting, a link to the meeting can be sent out and clients only need to click the link and download a small Zoom app to join. The popularity of Zoom has led to a recent rash of security problems with the app, including people hacking into meetings and sharing inappropriate images. If using Zoom, please read how to secure your Zoom meetings.
Our ministers, staff and worship teams along with volunteers are continuing to work hard to provide online church services each week. This past Sunday, we had over 1200 people view our services.
If you have not already, we hope you can join us this week for Palm Sunday. You can join us for services this week at 9:00 AM (Traditional Service) and 11:00 AM (Contemporary/Modern Service) by accessing the link to the services available on the Fairmount Christian Church website.
If you are a group leader, please continue to explore options to stay connected with your groups, i.e. virtual meetings, phone calls, emails, and sending out cards.
We are so grateful for your continued generosity. Here’s an update on last week’s giving.
- Budget Requirements - $ 49,127
- Budget Receipts - $40,644
Please continue to give as the Lord leads. Here are some ways to give:
- Online – Fairmount Christian Church website
- Mobile – Text FCCGIFT to 77977
- Envelope – P.O. Box 788, Mechanicsville 23111
- BillPay – check with your personal online bank provider for details
As a reminder, Manna Sunday is April 5th 2-4 p.m. If you would like to give financially instead of donating items, you can do so by mailing a check to the church or by giving online. If mailing a check, please make the check payable to Fairmount Christian Church and write “Manna Sunday” in the memo. All checks should be mailed to P.O. Box 788, Mechanicsville, Virginia 23111. If you are giving online, please type “Manna Sunday” in the memo. Details for Manna Sunday can be found on the Fairmount Christian Church website.
Child Care continues to be open for those families who need childcare. Larry and the daycare staff will be taking a long Easter weekend break, the Child Care will be closed on Thursday, April 9th and Friday, April 10th. Day Care will re-open on Monday, April 13th.
Please continue to reference our Face Book page and our website as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website
Continue to Be safe – Practice good hygiene – Pray without ceasing and know God is in Control!