Fairmount is a big place! One way for you to make meaningful connections is in one of our Sunday morning adult Bible School classes. We have a nice array of choices for you to explore as you deepen your connections here at Fairmount. Classes are offered during both the 9:30am and 11:00am worship times to facilitate your attendance at both worship and Bible School. Included in this booklet are short descriptions written by the class members and teachers. We encourage you to visit as many classes as you desire to explore each one’s style, make-up of adults, and the way it conducts its time of study, fellowship, and prayer. All of our Bible School teachers are approved by the church Elders. In fact, a number of the teachers are or have been Elders or Deacons. We hope to see you in class soon. If you have further questions, please email our Associate Minister, Mike Langley, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give him a call at 804-559-8070.

Christian Homemakers Class - 9:30am - Music Suite

Allen MeltonTeacher: Allen Melton

The Christian Homemakers Class study the books of the Holy Bible which gives us a more rounded description on the meanings of scripture than a pick and choose, one scripture at a time method.  We approach each book from a history as well as a ministerial stand point, going through each verse and chapter to gather the whole meaning of God's word. We normally gather at 9:35 for refreshments and fellowship.

Our class commitments include producing the annual Hanging of the Greens Christmas season kickoff celebration,  serving the less fortunate through CARITAS and helping our Impact Team raise funds from the sale of our legendary strawberry shortcakes at the Spring Fair. We look forward to having you visit our class and maybe even become part of this growing group of committed followers of Christ.

Friends in Christ Class - 9:30am - Activity Center

Ken PowellTeacher: Ken Powell

The Friends start each class period with a social time starting at 9:30. At 9:50, we begin the lesson time and finish at 10:45. The Friends Class has a diverse age group, from early twenties to early eighties and our curriculum is a diverse as our ages. We strive to take the Biblical teachings and put them into everyday life as we discuss the topics and grow together, loving God and each other. Our class sponsors the Christmas Eve worship services and you don’t want to miss our annual Christmas social!

Thrive – 9:30am - Rm. 123

Mark BaldwinTeacher: Mark Baldwin

Thrive is a study specifically for College and Young Professional Adults and Couples (ages through 30), who have not yet gone down the road of parenthood. The Thrive class is a great opportunity for young adults to meet other young adults and couples who are continuing to focus on their education and/or careers. The class will be a great place to develop faith building friendships with other young adults/couples in our church and beyond. Bible study will be digitally interactive and relevant to every day experiences. Class will meet on Sundays at 9:45 a.m. in Room 123.

Bill Farmer Bible Class - 9:30am - Rm. 132a

Betsy RainesTeacher: Betsy Raines

The Bill Farmer Bible Class lesson topics vary from week to week so make sure you bring your Bible.  Fellowship time with coffee and refreshments begins at 9:30. The class starts at 9:45 with the singing of a hymn, prayer, and sharing of joys and concerns. The lesson with discussion follows.  Class ends by 10:40 with prayer and singing. The Bill Farmer Bible Class has been meeting since 1941 and was previously known as the Martin-Dabney Class. We are a caring, mission-minded group of mature Christians serving God locally, domestically, and internationally. Our class is made up of children of the Silent Generation with some Baby Boomers and Generation X’ers mixed in.  Over the years, members have become preachers, teachers, officers, and leaders both at Fairmount and other churches. Our class gets together quarterly to share a themed potluck meal, play games, and enjoy live entertainment. At Easter, we organize and present Fairmount’s Good Friday Service to the Church and the community. Come grow with us!

Salt & Light Class - 9:30am - Rm. 152

Carson and Rose WilliamsTeachers: Carson & Rose Williams

Salt & Light is a class of volunteers and you’ll notice class members in and out each week as we not only come to learn God’s Word, but to serve on Sunday mornings helping to share God’s Word. We cover a wide range of lesson topics and have meaningful discussions to help us in our life-long pursuit to study God’s Word. We have several class social events throughout the year such as progressive dinners, pool parties, cookouts, bonfires and even a day at Lake Gaston! Our goal as a class is to form a community of people who work, fellowship and serve together here at Fairmount. We’d love for you to join us as we fellowship, learn and grow in God’s Word.

Seekers Class - 9:30am - Rm. 132b

Randy AllardTeacher: Randy Allard

The Seekers Class uses the Standard Lesson Commentary supplemented with great class discussion.  A time of fellowship (and snacks!) begins at 9:30am and the lesson begins at 9:45am.  The lesson is followed by announcements and a time of sharing and prayer.  The Seekers are a well fed group, both physically and spiritually.  We are a diverse group ranging from early twenties to early sixties.  The lesson plan leads us into healthy discussions each week as we "Seek" the Lord's truth in understanding the lesson and applying it to our lives.  We share God's love with others through CARITAS, volunteering, and supporting one another. You will find us sharing a meal, a baseball game at the Diamond, a pool party with cannonball judging of course, an autumn bonfire, and a winter's dinner with spirited games. We volunteer at our Spring Fair and other church events throughout the year. We invite you to come and "Seek" the Lord with us.

U & I Class - 9:30am - Rm. 130

Stephen BeadlesTeacher: Stephen Beadles

The U&I Sunday School Class studies lessons directly from the Old and New Testament and occasionally lessons from the International Sunday School Lessons book. In addition, we study The Christmas Story and The Easter Story each year. We start each class at 9:30am with a hymn, a time of sharing, prayer, and a review of those who have fallen ill and those in need. The lesson follows with abundant participation of class discussion. Our class is very diverse in age from the forties to nineties. Our goal is to apply Christian Living to everyday life in the manner that Jesus taught us.

Luke 10:27-28, 27He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 28You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” The class is exceptional in its outreach to missions, contributing to needs in the community, an annual scholarship to a student preparing for the ministry, and ministering to the sick. Three times per year, we have a covered dish luncheon (the ladies outdo themselves with homemade dishes and desserts). There is great fellowship and a program follows. We also prepare and sponsor the church-wide annual Thanksgiving Service.

Class Motto: 2 Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” KJV

Living Water Class - 11am - Rm. 123

Geoff JohnsonTeacher: Geoff Johnson

The Living Water class covers a variety of different topics and Bible Studies throughout the year.  We have a time of fellowship and snacks starting at 11:00 a.m., followed by prayer time. Lesson time is roughly from 11:20 to noon(ish).  The Living Water class welcomes all ages, from older teens to senior adults, but the majority of our class is between 30 and 50.  Many families have small children, and babies sometimes make an appearance.  We value frank and lively discussion of faith issues, but always use scripture to shape the answers to life's difficult questions.

Real Life Connections Class - 11am - Trailer 3

Gary RetoneTeacher: Gary Retone

Real Life Connections is a prayer-based class that shares the victories and struggles of “real life” with each other. Prayer time is a large focus of our class and allows individuals to be involved with, and pray for, each other. Our studies vary from the Fairmount sermon series, to authored books, to books of the Bible, and anything in between, with lots of discussion from the class. We enjoy meeting in a circle to encourage participation and fellowship. We enjoy a Christmas gathering and other outings sprinkled throughout the year. Our “Rivah” social is always a highlight. All age groups are welcome.

Reflections of Him Class - 11am - Rm. 132

Frank SaundersTeacher: Frank Saunders

The Reflections of Him Class chooses a single book of the Bible and studies it in-depth. We study books from both the Old and New Testaments. We open with food, fellowship, announcements, and prayer time followed by the lesson. Our class is very diverse with ages ranging from 20 years old to those in their 80’s, who are in different places as it relates to their spiritual walk. The class supports each other with prayer during the week and practical support when needed.

The Reflections of Him Class is highly mission focused and supports many ministries from local concerns to foreign mission opportunities. Activities have included luncheons after class, Christmas party, tacky light tour, dinner theater, historical and local interest tours, etc. Because our class is quite large, we have begun Dinner Groups where we break into groups of 6-8 people and have dinner in someone’s home. This allows us to get to know each other on a more personal level. We are very open to any new faces and would love to have you join us.

The Walk Class - 11am - Music Suite

Ray ButlerTeacher: Ray Butler

The Walk Bible Class is composed of people who are striving to walk the walk and not just talk the talk. Our goal is to be walking closer with God each day and to respond as He would desire us to respond. Lessons cover a variety of topics and books of the Bible. We enjoy a time of fellowship and snacks before we begin our study. Members of the Walk are actively involved with the ministries of FCC. Throughout the year we schedule socials, various local outings and service projects. We enjoy our times together and invite you to join us.