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Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, located at 8336 Carrleigh Parkway in Springfield, supports a Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) program on the first Wednesday of each month, beginning Sept. 3. Meetings are 9:30-11 a.m., at the church. All mothers and children are welcome. The program provides mothers an opportunity to get to know other mothers through discussions and craft activities. The children will be cared for my adults in the MOPPET program. Cost is $3 per session. Register by stopping by the church, calling 703-451-5320 or registering at the first meeting on Sept. 3.

Woman at the Well meets Saturday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m., at Fairfax Presbyterian Church, 10723 Main St., Fairfax. Christine Gramenopoulos, director of the Fairfax County chapter of Woman at the Well, will be the speaker. Free. Woman at the Well offers an opportunity to pray more effectively and to deepen understanding of prayer in order to draw closer to God. Woman at the Well hosts its annual Prayer Breakfast with guest speaker Vi Walker, the founder of Woman at the Well, on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Welcome Sunday. The Sydenstricker United Methodist Church celebrates Welcome Sunday on Sunday, Sept. 7, from 12:15 to 2:30 p.m. in the grove adjacent to the church. There will be free food and activities for the children. Entertainment will be provided by the Brethren in Harmony, a Northern Virginia community chorus that sings gospel music in the barbershop style. If weather is inclement, event will be moved to the church fellowship halls. The church is located at 8508 Hooes Road, Springfield. Call 703-451-8223 or visit www.sumcdisciples.org for more information.

To open its new fall schedule, Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church in Burke will host its in-gathering service on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m. This service will feature an annual "Water Communion," followed by a potluck picnic. Two Sunday services as well as religious education classes resume on Sunday, Sept. 14, at new times of 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. The church offers classes for preschool through high school, a youth group for teens, adult programs and discussion groups. The community is also invited to AUUC's annual fund-raiser, "Fall Fiesta 2003," coming Oct. 4. Accotink UUC is located at 10125 Lakehaven Court in Burke. For more information on these and other activities, call the church office at 703-503-4579 or visit its Web site at accotinkuuc.uua.org.

Dan Miller will perform an organ recital on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 5 p.m., at the Westwood Baptist Church, 8200 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. Performance is free, but call ahead for reservations. Call Mike Colley, 703-451-5120.

Wednesday with the Community. On Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m., Terri L. Williams-Henderson, a parent trainer with First Home Care Corporation, will present pointers on parenting and give and introduction to First Home Care and the foster care program. This event is free; all are welcome. At St. George's United Methodist Church, 4910 Ox Road, Fairfax. Call 703384-4550.

Free prayer seminar. On Saturday, Sept. 13, The Prayer Center, a Christian-based organization that focuses on strengthening the prayer life of individuals, will sponsor an all-day prayer seminar. Come meet with others and learn how the power of prayer can enhance spiritual life. The seminar is free. To reserve a space, call 703-642-0124 or visit the center's Web page at www.theprayercenter.org.

"Established in Righteousness" seminar. Aglow International, a nonprofit organization, will be sponsoring a one-day seminar on Saturday, Sept. 13. Mary Gay will be the guest speaker. The seminar will take place at Jubilee Christian Center in Fairfax. Cost is $35, including lunch. For more information, call Helen at 703-878-4764.

Eckandar, the religion of the light and sound of God, will host a program on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 1 p.m. at the Elks Club Lodge in Fairfax. The program will celebrate and explore the workings of spirit and its manifestations. For more information, call 703-916-0515.

“Dynamic Marriage” seminar. The Fairfax Church of Christ is offering “Dynamic Marriage,” an eight-week seminar to fine tune good marriages, strengthen weak marriages and heal broken marriages. The seminar is open to all and will begin Sunday, Sept. 14, at 5 p.m. with a short session. Each of the eight sessions is two and a half hours long. The cost is $155 per couple for materials. Advanced registration required. Child care available. Contact Roland Sundling, 703-390-9356 or rsundling@cox.net for more information. Call the church office at 703-631-2100. Fairfax Church of Christ is located at 3901 Rugby Road, Fairfax.

First Baptist Church, Springfield hosts a Country Fair Picnic on Sunday, Sept. 14 for members, friends and neighbors. The games and craft fair will begin at 4 p.m., at the church located at 7300 Gary St. The fun and games will feature a moon bounce, a puppet show by KayDee puppets, a juggler, and much, much more. Tickets cost $5 for adults and teens, $4 for senior adults (over 65), $3 for children. Advance tickets are required. Call 703-451-1500 for more information.

The Fairfax Church of Christ is offering “Family Matters,” an eight-week intensive study into God’s plan for families. The study begins Sept. 14, and is open to all. In addition to presentations during Sunday morning worship, the church’s small group devotional ministry will be provided review materials that examine scripture-based families. Fairfax Church of Christ is located at 3901 Rugby Road, Fairfax. 703-631-2100.

"Growing Through Divorce." This eight-week workshop program discusses topics such as grieving the loss of the marriage, anger, rejection, forgiveness, loneliness and transitioning into single life. Child care is available but must be requested in advance. There is no charge for the program itself; the only cost is a $12 corresponding book. For more information, call Shari Sadowski at 703-569-9862, Ext. 213.

Career Net meets every Monday, from 7-9 p.m., at Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church in Burke. The free weekly event allows job seekers to network with each other, receive employment-related news and literature, ask for specific help from others and the volunteers. Meetings are headed by Jane Tresvaskis, a professional career counselor. For more information, call Subhash Gupta at 703-323-5676 or Robert Westin at 703-978-6229. Career Net takes place in Room 124 of the church, 10125 Lakehaven Court, in Burke. Call the church office at 703-503-4579 or check the Web site, accotinkuuc.uua.org.

The Antioch Baptist Church will host the "Fit for His Kingdom" low-impact aerobics/step aerobics and weight training class each Monday, from 7-8 p.m., at the church, 6531 Little Ox Road, Fairfax Station. The class is free. Call Deloris at 703-425-4877 for more information.

"The Dragon Doesn’t Live Here Anymore." A study of the book by Alan Cohen. The class will meet Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m., at 8044 Galla Knoll Circle, Springfield. The class is sponsored by New World Unity Church. Meditation will be incorporated each week. For more information, call 703-690-7925.

Burke Community Church offers a weekly group for men called Men’s Fraternity to help discover authentic manhood as directed through the Word of God. Tuesdays, 6 a.m., at 9900 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield.

New World Unity Church hosts a healing prayer service at 7 p.m. every Wednesday at the New World Unity Activity Center, 9331 Braymore Circle in Fairfax Station. Call 703-690-7925.

Divorce Care is a weekly Bible Study care group that helps those who are transitioning through a divorce. The group meets every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., in the church parlor at First Baptist Church of Springfield, 7300 Gary St., Springfield. Child care and children's activities are provided. 703-451-1500.