Welcome to Fairview Presbyterian Church! We are located at 1101 Carolina Ave. in North Augusta, SC. Fairview is a vibrant Reformed congregation. Sunday worships start at 9:00 contemporary worship (aka Morning Watch Service) at the Fellowship Hall and 11:00 traditional style worship at the Sanctuary after Sunday School classes for various ages that start 10:00. If you are interested in knowing more about us, please visit us at www.fairviewchurch.com.
In 1946 a church was begun and organized with only 31 charter members in a small vacant grocery store on Georgia Avenue in North Augusta, South Carolina. A suitcase on a Coca-Cola stand was the pulpit, an old breakfast table covered with a linen cloth was the communion table, five nail kegs used for flower stands and 24 wooden, slatted kitchen chairs served as pews for the small congregation on that first Sunday.
Property was donated to begin a permanent sanctuary on the corner of Carolina and Butler Avenues. There were two stipulations - that the name be Fairview Presbyterian Church and that a building be constructed within 5 years. Within three months this dedicated few had adopted plans for the new church, which would cost $30,000. The church has since been through several building projects, scores of officers, teachers, leaders, and members. The history of Fairview is the history of the people.
The original sanctuary became the Fellowship Hall. The church moved into the basement prior to the completion of the sanctuary.
Sensing the need for more Sunday school space and a larger sanctuary, the church built the present sanctuary and connected it to the old building in 1961.
In 1970, the church built another educational building and a new chapel. This also houses our Fairview Early Childhood Center (FECC). In the late 80's additional property was purchased and parking space was enlarged.
In 1988, a large crowd watched the removal of the old steeple. Many members had the opportunity to write their names on the new steeple and watch as the crane lifted it atop the church. A beautiful sight reaching towards heaven!
Many exciting events occurred in the 1990's at Fairview. Among these were the replacement of the church steeple, expansion of the FECC program to include kindergarten, full day childcare, and after school care, installation of the Moller pipe organ, establishment of the Campbell Youth House, and the addition of the beautiful stained glass windows in the sanctuary.
In 2002 a task force was formed to determine the future focus of Fairview Presbyterian Church. While the current buildings where built to provide for the ongoing needs of the ministries of the church, the task force reported three reasons to begin a building campaign expressed by the acronym PAR: Purpose, Accessibility, and Renewal. The church began the Capital Campaign in 2004. In May 2005 the congregation was presented reports from the Building Committee Report outlining the Phase I plan and the Financial Sub-committee outlined the plan to borrow up to $3 million dollars to complete the project. There was unanimous approval from the congregation for the funding and commencement of the Phase I building project.
We praise God for the many blessing upon Fairview, and we seek to do His will, and serve Him in our church, our community and through our missions around the world. Fairview is on a new spiritual journey. We may not know all of the Lord's plans for us, but we must have confidence that God wants to use us.
For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
The beginning of this present age, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, gave His people, the church, both a Great Commandment and a Great Commission. In the first, He commands us to respond to His love for us by loving each other in a way that is in itself a witness to the world. In the second, He calls us to let that love overflow the bounds of the church, reaching out to all the world. We are to seek to enlarge His church, leading others to faith in Him and then nurturing them to maturity. In Fairview, we see this as the mission not just of the organization, or its committees, but as the corporate and individual mission of all of our members - to love one another, building one another up, encouraging one another and enlarging this circle of love as we meet the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of those people He puts in our path.
Adopted by the Session
October 15, 1989
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. All men will know that you are my disciples if you love one another."
John 13:34-35 (NIV)
"Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the world."