Family Ministry

The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. - Deuteronomy 6:5-7


As families we have an awesome responsibility to pass along the faith that was handed down to us. Through us, the love of God is shared with our children and the world. Through our example, children learn the language of faith and what it means to live as a disciple of Christ. You are invited to join us in fun and fellowship, discipleship and service… as families



Contact Gina Dawson, Director of Christian Education

301-881-1881, ext. 2006


Weekly Family Newsletter

Distributed via email on Wednesdays, this weekly newsletter highlights what will be happening in our Sunday classes and any special family announcements, plus links to articles that provide tips for your family’s spiritual growth.

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Christian Education

Music and Fellowship

Online Resources

Christian Education
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Nursery for Infants & Toddlers

Warmly welcoming your Infants & Toddlers, our Nursery caregivers and volunteers care for your little ones on Sundays, 8:30-11:30am, while you worship at either of our worship services.

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Story Quest for Children (Preschool through 4th Grade)

Helping children come close to God to discover who God is, who we are, and what it means to be a part of God’s Story and community of Faith.

Nursery: Sundays, 8:30-11:30am in Room 102

Story Quest: Sundays, 10:00am in Rooms 105 and 203. Let’s go explore God’s Story! But first, we begin in worship first with our parents. After Children’s Time, we will go to our classes (Preschool-Kindergarten and 1st-4th Grade).

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Crossroads: An Older Elementary/Middle School Question Study (5th through 8th Grade)

Do we not still have questions about life, about growing up, about the world around us? This year, let’s have some fun asking questions! With goofy videos, a weird anti-workbook, and a group of strange friends and guides, let’s tackle some serious questions and see what we learn.

Crossroads: An Older Elementary/Middle School Question Study – Sundays, 10:00am in Room 205.

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The Well: A High School Bible Study

Each week we will focus on one passage, but will also launch into the larger context of how God’s story is being told through that passage. More importantly, each week we will explore how God’s story is intimately tied to our own stories, and how a God who is beyond our imagination can also be a God who loves us deeply and personally.

The Well: A High School Bible Study – Sundays, 10:00am in Room 206.

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Adult Education

Early Sunday morning Bible Study, churchwide studies, online learning, book discussions, movie nights, and more…

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Music and Fellowship
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Young Singers of Faith

Open to children Pre-K through 3rd Grade. Rehearses Sundays following the 10:00am worship service.

No previous musical experience is necessary and church membership is not required. The choir contributes to the 10:00am service at Faith about once a month, September to May. Movement and music are interwoven with singing and music reading.

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After Class:

You asked for more ways to connect with other families, so we are kicking off a new, fun, and simple way for you to get to know each other. After Class: is focused on our two elementary classes and their families, Preschool-Kindergarten and 1st to 4th Grade.

Every month, one of our two classes will host a special fellowship time in either their class or the playground (weather permitting) after the 10:00am worship service. We will learn the day’s song together, learn a little more about each other with a “question of the day” suggested by you, and enjoy a brief time of fellowship. Cookies and a drink will be served. Kids in the Young Singers of Faith choir can still go to their rehearsals.

  • December 16 - 1st to 4th Grade Class
  • January TBD - Preschool-Kindergarten Class
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Special Events

Faith offers families opportunities to gather together for family-oriented and integenerational events to celebrate the season and have some fun and fellowship together. Watch our Events Page for more information.

Got an event you would like to see, whether it’s for all families or a small group, let us know. We’d love to grow this ministry and you can help design where this goes!

Easter Breakfast, April 2019, 9-10:30am: Join us for some family fun and fellowship as we celebrate Easter. Invite your grandparents, grandchildren, friends, and neighbors. We’ll eat a yummy breakfast, dye eggs, and hunt for eggs filled with goodies. Bring a dozen hard-boiled eggs to dye and a basket for the hunt. In case of inclement weather, we will move the hunt indoors.

ChristmasFest, December 14, 2018, 6:30-8:30pm: Let’s celebrate the season with singing Christmas carols, fellowship, a Chili Cook-Off (with sides), decorating a cookie, communal decorating of a gingerbread house, and more! Bring your friends, family, and neighbors.

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Serving Opportunities

Manna Food Center Family Box Packing Days: Manna in Gaithersburg offers opportunities for families to serve in their warehouse at their Monthly Family Box Packing Days, as well as opportunities to serve in the community. Learn more about Manna volunteering opportunities.

Do you know of an opportunity where families can serve together? Let us know and we’ll add it to the list.

Online Resources
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Faith Family Formation Community on Facebook: Developed by the General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church, join the Facebook community whose hope is that this will be a place for you to have meaningful discussion, share ideas, and allow others to walk beside you in our faith journeys. Join the Faith Family Formation Community on Facebook.

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Pockets Magazine for Kids and their Families: From the Upper Room, you can find Pockets Magazine in our “worship bags” on Sunday mornings, which are located in baskets at both entrances to the sanctuary. You are welcome to take one home with you. Pockets also has an online presence with more for kids and parents. Check out Pockets Online.

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devozine for Youth: From the Upper Room, this online resources is for teens and by teens. Join the community, share your creative work, write on the prayer wall, read articles, learn about spiritual practices, and even write for the devo. Check out devozine.

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