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Christmas Eve Service. Fairfax Church of Christ's Christmas Eve Candlelight Service takes place on Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. The family-focused service of seasonal songs and Scripture readings includes a special narrative presentation for children to remind them, and adults as well, of the real story behind the Christmas season. For more information visit www.fxcc.org, or call the church office at 703-631-2100. The church is located at 3901 Rugby Road, Fairfax.
Successfully Single. The singles at Messiah United Methodist Church, located at 6215 Rolling Road in Springfield, host a program every Wednesday night during the school year. Speakers address subjects that are informative and of interest to singles. "Losing Weight with Mary Hinners" on Jan. 7; and a continuing discussion of the book "Friends, Partners and Lovers," Jan. 14, 21 and 28. There will be no program Dec. 24 or Dec. 31, for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, respectively. The programs start at 7:30 p.m., in Room 266. For more information, call 703-569-9862 Ext. 213.
Pastor Bill Frasnelli is preaching a holiday sermon series, "Awesome Emmanuel," through Dec. 28, at Jubilee Christian Center, 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. 703-383-1170.
Wellspring Church invites anyone who has no home or family nearby to join in a hearty Christmas soup supper on Christmas afternoon, 3-6 p.m., at Centreville Fire Station No. 17 on Old Centreville Road. Volunteers are needed, including servers and musicians, to reach out to the Western Fairfax – Prince William community. Financial donations are also welcome. Call Wellspring Church Pastor Jeremy McLeod, 703-830-0695, or e-mail WellspringUCC@aol.com to help. Wellspring is a new congregation of the United Church of Christ, and welcomes all to join its “circle of love for all people.” Worship on Sundays is at 10 a.m. at Centreville Fire Station No. 17, and includes Sunday School for children. For additional information, call Pastor McLeod, or check the Web site, www.wellspringucc.com.
World Healing Meditation. On Wednesday, Dec. 31, at 7 p.m., meet at 8044 Galla Knoll Circle, Springfield. Since its initiation in 1986 by John Randolph Price, millions of people have gathered each year at noon Greenwich Mean Time to pray for the recognition of the healing of the planet. Meditation is followed by a breakfast together. For more information, call 703-690-7925 or visit www.NewWorldUnity.org.
Burke Presbyterian Church offers a Coffeehouse Worship Service on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m., for those people who may be unavailable Sunday mornings or are seeking a break from a more traditional style of worship. The service offers the same lesson and sermon as the Sunday service, but in a less formal environment. A nursery is provided for young children. Burke Presbyterian Church is located at 5690 Oak Leather Drive in Burke.
Harvest Church is sponsoring the study series "The Purpose Driven Life" by Rick Warren every Wednesday at 7 p.m., at Harvest Church, 7401 Beulah St., Alexandria. Pastor Tim Cerce is currently leading this study, which focuses on the question, "What on Earth am I here for?" For more information, call the church office at 703-971-7070.
New World Unity Church offers a Sunday Celebration Service every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Irving Middle School , 8100 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. New World Unity is a Christ-centered spiritual community dedicated to building a consciousness of oneness based on unconditional love and total acceptance. Services include prayer, music, meaningful message, food and celebration. Call 703-690-7925.
With the voice of their own generation, the youth group of Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 5114 Twinbrook Road in Fairfax, brings a new worship service to senior and junior high-age students on the following Sundays: Jan. 18, Feb. 29, Mar. 21 and Apr. 18. The services will take place at 7 p.m., in the church's sanctuary. One Sunday a month, the youth band “Nothing but Faith” will sing and perform for the service while other students deliver the message, scripture readings and prayers. Communion will be celebrated. Parents and youth of all ages are encouraged to participate.
New World Unity Church offers a Sunday Celebration Service every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Irving Middle School, located at 8100 Old Keene Mill Road in Springfield. New World Unity Church is a spiritual community consciously co-creating a peaceful, harmonious world that recognizes Oneness. Children's programs begin at 9:30 a.m. World Peace Meditation takes place at 10 a.m., and Sunday Celebration Service begins at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 703-690-7925 or visit www.NewWorldUnity.org.
The New World Unity Church is offering the following classes:
Twelve Powers of Man is a class that will study Charles Fillmore’s ideas about the quickening and balancing of one’s 12 Christ Powers. The class meets Tuesday evenings beginning, 7:30-9:30 p.m., in Springfield. Call 703-690-7925 for meeting locations and other information.
Jesus’ Teachings in a class that will look at that the powerful teachings Jesus delivered through his words and the more powerful teachings he showed with his actions. The class meets Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at 8044 Galla Knoll Circle, Springfield. For more information, call 703-690-7925.
“The Dragon Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” is an ongoing study class of the book by Alan Cohen. The class will meet Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m., at 8044 Galla Knoll Circle, Springfield. For more information, call 703-690-7925.
Spiritual Parenting is a group that offers an opportunity to support and be supported in the spiritual aspects of parenting. The group meets the first Sunday of the month, 12-1 p.m., at Irving Middle School in Springfield. Child care is available upon request. For more information, call 703-690-7925.
The Shalem Institute is offering free monthly prayer opportunities in Fairfax. The time together will be devoted to relaxation, the presentation of different prayer practices, silence, journal keeping and small group sharing. No experience is required, and participants may attend regularly or drop in. Donations are accepted. Meetings take place the third Monday of the month, 7:30-9 p.m., at the Providence Presbyterian Church, 9019 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. Ann Kulp, Kathy Spaar and Tad Wicker lead the meetings. To register for these events or for more information, visit www.shalem.org or call 301-897-7334.
Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church offers a weekly session of Zen meditation led by Jim McAdams on Thursday evenings, 7:30-9 p.m. The class is designed for both beginners and those more experienced mediators who have established practices. Registration fee is $10. For information call 703-503-4579 or visit http://accotinkuuc.uua.org.
"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.
Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, located at 8336 Carrleigh Parkway in Springfield, supports a Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) program on the first Wednesday of each month. 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.
"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.