Fairfield Mountains Chapel is an interdenominational Christian church. What does that mean? Long ago, a handful of Christians decided they needed a church that met the needs of the various people that moved to the Fairfield Mountains and Lake Lure area. Since many of the people come here from all over the United States to enjoy the mountains and lake and they brought with them their worship and church traditions. There arose a need for a church to meet the various traditions and so Fairfield Mountains Chapel was born. The church initially united around common Christian beliefs, those stated in the ancient Apostle’s Creed, which still serves today as a common statement of faith for the congregation.
If you are looking for a church where your faith will be encouraged to grow, where you can connect with people who are on the journey of faith with you, and be challenged to serve-
Fairfield Mountains Chapel may be the church for you!
If you would like to know even more, you can read our full history below.
You are invited to become a member of the Chapel, either by profession of faith in Jesus Christ, by transfer of your membership from another Christian church, or by a statement of your faith in Christ. You may join as a regular member or as an affiliate member.
Affiliate membership is offered to those who share time between a home in this area and one elsewhere, and who would like to join this congregation while at the same time maintaining regular church membership elsewhere.
Please speak with the Pastor if you are interested in becoming a member or have questions about membership.
What We Believe
As an Interdenominational Church, Fairfield Mountains Chapel has adopted the Apostles Creed as our basic statement of faith. The Creed is a summary of Christian beliefs that dates back centuries and has been agreed upon as a Christian statement of faith for many churches. We recite the creed in our worship services as an affirmation of our faith and use the traditional Apostle’s Creed which states-
I believe in God the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost; born of the virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven; and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from whence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.
As a side note, the word in the Apostles Creed “catholic” is often changed to “universal” in many churches, reflecting the idea that we as Christians believe Jesus Christ established the Church and His Church is comprised of all Christians gathered in churches of all denominations, in every place around the world. It is in that sense that “catholic” means “universal.”
Like many of you, I am not from Lake Lure, but once I saw it, I wanted to live here! I recently retired from the U. S. Navy where I served as a Chaplain for 28 years. My wife, Lanita, and I are originally from Texas, though we have lived outside of that state for a long time, living in California, Okinawa, Japan, Virginia and on the coast of North Carolina.
We know what it is like to be the new person and what it is like to find a new place to worship when you move.
As a pastor, I want to see people connect to God, for it is in our relationship with Him that we truly find meaning and purpose, experience life-changing worship and develop impactful relationships with others. We at Fairfield Mountains Chapel are working towards being that kind of church.
I hope you will join us Sunday!
What to expect the first time you attend...
Who can attend the worship service?
That is a GREAT question. The short answer is: EVERYONE.
Ok, but what if I haven’t been to church in a long time, or I am from another denomination? Can I still come?
ALL ARE WELCOME IN THE CHAPEL! We believe God’s grace is available to all people, no matter where you are from, what you look like, what denomination you are from, or even if you have no Christian background. Our communion table is open to all who believe in Jesus Christ. We seek to find common ground as we seek to follow Christ.
You are not going to make me stand up in service or do anything weird, are you?
No one will make you stand up and introduce yourself or anything like that! However, you may be greeted and welcomed by any number of our church family. You will be invited to fill out a connect card and place it in the offering during the worship service. We also invite visitors to meet us after the service every Sunday in our Fellowship Hall for coffee and snacks.
How should I dress?
We want you to be comfortable attending our service. You will find our congregation will dress anywhere from business formal (suits and dresses) to quite casual (t-shirts, shorts, and sandals).
Is there a nursery or children’s church?
We have a Children’s Sunday School class that meets during the service time for children ages 4 through the fifth grade. Currently, we have a nursery for parents to use during the service if needed.
What are other programs or activities of the church?
Weekly Bible studies, Women of the Church, Chapel Choir, and others