Who We Are

Who are we?

Fairmont Presbyterian Church is a community seeking to live transformed lives by and through the Holy Spirit.  We come from different backgrounds, cultures, generations, and races, yet we are all looking for a meaning and purpose that the secular world alone cannot provide.  We rely on the historic beliefs and practices of the Christian faith as our guide to help us discover more about God and ourselves.  We rely on each other to help us in joy and adversity to discover the meaning and purpose of our lives and how all our lives fit together as a part of God’s story.

Where do we come from?

Fairmont is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  Presbyterians emerged in the Sixteenth Century in Scotland as one of the original Protestant movements emphasizing the sovereignty of God, the singular importance of scripture, and the connectional authority of the church over and against the authority of the crown.  As Scottish and Scotch-Irish settlers moved to the New World in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, they brought their own independent-minded churches with them.  The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is older than the United States and the only clergy person to sign the Declaration of Independence was a Presbyterian

What do Presbyterians believe?

It is all about God.

Okay, perhaps you want a longer answer.

We believe that God is both the ultimate source, pattern, intention, and destiny of creation and all our lives within it.

We believe that every human person and indeed all creation is of infinite value and importance to God.

We believe that God entered into this creation in the historic person of Jesus of Nazareth whose life, death, and life, both demonstrated and made possible a new kind of human living that God intends and hopes for all people.

We believe that Jesus was a unique being, literally a God-Man whose very being bridged the separation between humanity and God.

We believe that God is present with us and for us in the Spirit, nurturing and guiding human lives towards Gods hopes and intentions.

We believe that the church is the community of messed up people who trust that there is something more to life beyond material satisfaction and have been called to share that hope with the world.

We believe that in God’s good time God will bring all things right and restore creation to the way it should be.  We just don’t know when that will happen.

We believe that the Bible is a sacred guide to life and belief, but it is also a human document mediated through culture, language, and traditions.  We further believe that we are called to share in the great ongoing conversation between God, God’s people, and this book.