What to Expect


Calling all children! We care so much for each child that walks through the door. Children's Church meets at about 9:30 am during our traditional service. After the Children's Message, they will be dismissed for Children's Church. Sunday School for all ages begins at 10:00.

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Summer Events

Lots of things are happening this spring! A new Connections small group plus we're ready to spend extra time inside, make a difference in the community and have a lot of fun.

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This year, we've set out to create a mentorship program to build up our youth. Learn more about the program and how you or someone you know could get involved.

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Serve on Sundays

Giving back is so important. The Audio/Visual team can always use more help, your child can be an acolyte, you can be a reader, or sing in the choir. Find a place to serve today!

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Creative Media Ministry

Have an artistic bent and a passion to create? There are new internships and volunteer opportunities listed for our Creative Media Ministry. That includes Audio Visual opportunities and working on our website.

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Summer Missions

We are supporting 142 local and international missionaries who need lots of prayer and support. Sign up to send letters, sponsor a team, or learn about joining a trip team. See all God is doing across the pond!

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Traditional Service

April 14, 2024

At 9:00 am, Pender offers a traditional/blended worship service.  The service includes traditional music as well as...


We're thrilled you're here! You're invited to visit us for a worship service or event, or listen to a sermon online to get to know us.

We’d love to learn more about you, where you are in your walk with Jesus, and how we can welcome you into the Pender Church family.

Our Vision Statement: By following Jesus and reaching out to others, we seek God's transformation of ourselves and our world.

Who to Expect

  • Two Worship Styles - Learn more about each Worship Time here
    • Traditional Worship at 9:00 am
    • Common Ground Worship at 11:15 am
  •  Real People
  •  Lots of Children.  Children are welcome during the services or our nursery is located downstairs.  We provide infants and toddlers (newborns through age 4) with a safe and caring Christian environment
  •  An Opportunity to Connect with Others
  •  Time to Reflect Upon Jesus in our Lives
  •  Outstanding and Varied Music
  •  A Sense of Having Done Something Important with your Day

We are an “Access for All” church, meaning it is important to us for people with wheelchairs or other challenges to have easy access to doorways, hallways, bathrooms, ramps and elevator, seating (places for wheelchairs), and kid-friendly (coloring books, booster steps for toddlers, high chairs).

Hearing aid and large-print hymnals are available during the service.  (See one of our ushers.)

What We Believe

It is our desire to create disciple making communities. We do this through reaching people, teaching them to love and serve Jesus, and sending them to reach, teach, and send others.

Our hearts cry out for more of God. Pender is a “big place” with a “huge heart.” We care about being a community.

In Fairfax, we know it’s possible for us to live a totally anonymous, distant-from-one-another life. At Pender, we desire a different kind of community and life together. We believe Jesus has called us to be a very special community who cares about the world. It’s the essence of what “makes us tick.”

Our mission statement says it this way, we exist to make disciples of Jesus Christ. For us, that takes a very special passion for real community.

For Your Kids and Youth

Our goal is that all children and youth will know and experience the love of God, and then extend that love to others.

Follow: We want those who are teaching and spending time with children at Pender to be followers of Jesus, who then teach children how to also be followers.

Reach: Our desire is for God to reach your child in a unique and meaningful way. This may come through some of our various Children’s Ministry events and activities, or through the loving community of Pender.

Transform: Ultimately, a relationship with Jesus changes lives. Living in the love that God has for us is a true gift and often times transforms the way in which we live.

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Newcomers Class

During COVID this class has been on hiatus but will resume soon

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Special Needs

Pender United Methodist Church has made a commitment to be an Accessible Congregation, as part of the National Organization on Disability campaign of the same name. We proudly display their logo -- a wheelchair user surrounded by a heart -- to show that as a congregation, we strive to provide physical access and also open our hearts and minds to people with all types of disabilities. Some of the ways we do this include:

  • Automatic doors at the front entrance (for security reasons, these doors are functional during certain times only, including worship and meeting times)
  • Large-print hymnals available upon request
  • Hearing assistance devices available during worship
  • Pews with space available to accommodate wheelchairs
Worship Styles: Contemporary

Not everyone is cut out for the same worship style.

Common Ground is Pender United Methodist Church's contemporary worship experience led by our worship leader and a rock-style worship band. You'll find worship to be more interactive and energetic, and you'll hear messages that are relevant to everyday life.

Young children are more than welcome! We have a play area within our worship space set aside just for them, or they can enjoy our awesome Sunday school program. We also have paid staff nursery care available for our littlest ones.

You will leave feeling closer to Jesus, challenged and more prepared to serve Him, and warmed by a relationship in a genuine community of Christ-followers. We hope to see you soon!

Worship Styles: Traditional/Blended

At 9:00 am, Pender offers a traditional/blended worship service. The service includes traditional hymns and music as well as some more contemporary worship and praise music.

You’ll find a variety of musical groups participating in these worship services, ranging from children, youth and adults to vocal, flute and bell choirs. On special occasions, we bring in an orchestra

At Pender’s traditional/blended service, you get the best of both worlds! We celebrate the traditions of our faith at these services with the scriptures, the creeds of the church, the symbols of our faith and a word from the Bible that applies spiritual principles to everyday life.

Holy Communion is shared the first Sunday of every month. Come and join us for worship every Sunday in the main sanctuary at Pender.

We hope to see you soon!

Join us on a transformative spiritual journey this third Sunday of Easter, April 14, 2024, at Pender UMC. Carol-Anne Kay, a dedicated Lay Leader and our esteemed Guest Speaker, will guide us through a poignant exploration titled "Suffering through the lens of the Cross and the Resurrection." This timely message, grounded in the profound truths of Romans 5:1-5 and the narrative journey of Luke 22-24, promises to deepen our understanding of suffering in light of Christ's ultimate sacrifice and triumphant resurrection.

Engage with us as we delve into the complexities of human hardship, framed by the hope and victory that Easter embodies. Carol-Anne's insights will shed new light on how our trials can lead to perseverance, character, and a hope that does not disappoint, because of the love God has poured out into our hearts.

This service is an invitation to all seeking solace, strength, and a renewed sense of purpose through the transformative power of the Easter story. Whether you're facing challenges or walking alongside others in their struggles, this message is for you.

Don't forget to subscribe to our channel and turn on notifications so you won't miss out on this enriching experience. We're looking forward to welcoming you to this service of reflection, encouragement, and community fellowship. Join us as we continue to witness the unfolding grace that each new Sunday in Easter brings.

Read the Bulletin for more information.

All of Pender's services are streamed live and in person.

Join us live at Pender UMC
12401 Alder Woods Drive, Fairfax, VA US 22033

Do you need Closed Captioning/Subtitles?
You do not need to be a Facebook member to watch the Traditional service here.

The Next Traditional Service will be April 14, 2024 at 9:00 am

Do you need Closed Captioning/Subtitles?
You do not need to be a Facebook member to watch the Contemporary Worship here.

The Next Contemporary Worship will be April 14, 2024 at 11:15 am

Opportunities to Serve

GBE Backpack Meal Program Thanks and Update

The next bags are available now to be returned by April 21st.

We wanted to thank you all so much for your very active participation in filling the blue bags for GBE. Each time we put them out they are all taken and brought back full! We can't tell you how much we and the counselors and students at GBE appreciate this! The bags will once again be available this weekend.

We have just been requested to provide 74 bags for each of our remaining three weeks versus the 50 we have been providing weekly.  Because of this...there are even more blue bags in need of filling, but a friendly note that this is the LAST time for us to do this for the school year, because of the help of WFCM.

In addition to filling the blue bags if you have any plastic grocery bags that you would like to recycle, they have said that would be of great help in distributing the additional WFCM provided items. Thank you again for your continued support. If you have any questions, please contact Jami Flemmons or Ann Hines

Rest Stop

Items can be left in the blue bin or in the church office labeled "Rest Stop".

Items often needed are: 16 oz water bottles (They do not use the 4oz ones) and energy/protein drinks.

They also enjoy individual size bags of potato chips, jerky, cookies and nuts.

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM)

Food & Beverages

  • Cereal (low sugar preferred)
  • Hot Cereal (Oatmeal, Grits)
  • Maseca Corn Flour
  • Sugar (1 or 2 lb. bags)
  • Red Beans (low salt preferred)
  • Black Beans (low salt preferred)
  • Canned Tomatoes (stewed, crushed, diced, paste)
  • Canned Pasta
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Flavored Pasta (Pasta Helpers)
  • Flavored Rice (Rice A Roni)
  • Risotto
  • Pancake Mix
  • Peanut Butter
  • Family Sized Snacks (pretzels, crackers, etc.)
  • Canned Mixed Vegetables (low salt preferred)
  • Coffee (ground, no k-cups)
  • Individual juice boxes (100% juice preferred)


NOTE: Toiletry items cannot be purchased by our clients with SNAP 

  • Body Wash
  • Body Lotion
  • Toothpaste
  • Hair Shampoo
  • Hair Conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Toilet Paper
  • Large size pull-ups (size 4T/5T for toddlers)
  • Size 6 Diapers
  • Baby Wipes

NOTE:  Only size 6 diapers and large pull-ups are needed at this time thanks to our partnership with Greater DC Diaper Bank.

JDC (Juvenile Detention Center)

Wanted: Volunteers to attend Pender's monthly church service at the Fairfax Juvenile Detention Center. Our next date will be April 28th..

We meet at the jail at 12:30p, and are out by 2:00p.

Our ministry at the jail is growing, and the young people thirst for the water of life because of their circumstances. It is easy fishin' as they already stepped out of their cell to come to church.

It is a showing up thing. That's all you need to do... show up. Contact Arlet if interested.

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