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Messiah United Methodist Church hosts a Divorce Recovery Workshop on Wednesday evenings, through May 12, from 7:30-9 p.m. The 8-week seminar is designed to help divorced and separated persons heal wounds and help them grow through the situation in a supportive atmosphere. Child care is provided upon request. The church is located at 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield. Call Shari at 703-569-9862, Ext. 213.

Join Rev. Susan Goff in a celebration of Holy Week at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 6320 Hanover Ave., Springfield.

Come Receive the Holy Eucharist on Maundy Thursday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. Afterwards, participate in a vigil with The Gethsemane Watch from 9 p.m. through Friday noon.

The Good Friday Liturgy takes place April 9, at 12 p.m. The Good Friday Ecumenical Service and the Stations of the Cross begin at 7:30 p.m. Bring a bell to ring and proclaim the moment of Christ's Resurrection at the Great Vigil of Easter, Saturday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Festival Services of Holy Eucharist will be celebrated Easter Sunday, April 11 at 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Bring a flower to symbolize life and color the wooden Lenten crosses. Nursery will be provided. For more information, call 703-451-1088.

Parkwood Baptist Church hosts its annual Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 10, at 2 p.m. Children are invited to enjoy games, crafts, door prizes, an egg hunt, food and the Easter story presented to children from preschool to fifth grade. This event is free to our community. Parkwood Baptist Church is located at 8726 Braddock Road in Annandale. Three church services are offered on Easter Sunday at 7 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11 a.m., with Sunday School classes for all ages. Call 703-978-8160 for questions about the Easter Eggstravaganza or the Easter Services.

Harvest Church is currently examining the life, death and claims of Jesus Christ in it's Sunday morning services at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to hear this sermon series on The Passion of the Christ. Is it true or is it false? Harvest Church is located at 7401 Beulah St., in the Kingstowne area of Alexandria. Call 703-971-7070 for further information.

Harvest Church invites the public to participate in a Good Friday Service on Friday, April 9 at 7 p.m. A Community Easter Egg Hunt for children takes place at the church on Saturday, April 10 at 1 p.m. On Sunday, April 11 at 10:30 a.m., Harvest Church will have its annual Resurrection Celebration, featuring special music and drama. Harvest Church is located at 7401 Beulah St., in the Kingstowne area of Alexandria. Call 703-971-7070 for further details about any of these special events.

Good Friday Showing of the "Jesus" movie, produced by Campus Crusade for Christ and shown worldwide. Friday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Jubilee Christian Center, 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. Call 703-383-1170 for information and directions. Showings in English and Spanish.

Adult Choir of Lord of Life Lutheran Church will present Bach's Cantata 21 during the evening service on Good Friday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. Guest soloists Meredith Piplani, soprano; Michael Ford, tenor; and David Brundage, bass will join the choir, accompanied by an 11-piece orchestra. Lord of Life Lutheran Church is located at 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax. For more information, call 703-323-9500.

T.O.T. Preschool, a ministry of Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, begins its 17th year of operation in September. T.O.T. is a developmental, Christian program with degreed teachers and small classes. The school is located at 8508 Hooes Road, Springfield. Registration for fall 2004 is now being accepted. Call 703-644-6384. E-mail tot@sumcdisciples.org.

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. There is a healing prayer service at 7 p.m. every Wednesday at the New World Unity Activity Center, 9331 Braymore Circle in Fairfax Station.

For more information, call 703-690-7925 or visit www.NewWorldUnity.org.

A six-week Women's Bible Study meets on Mondays beginning April 19, 7:30 p.m., and on Tuesdays beginning April 20, 9:45 a.m. The study will use the book "Purpose Driven Life" by Rick Warren. Cost is $15 if you have the book, or $20 including the book. Cost includes child care for the Tuesday study. The study meets at Jubilee Christian Center, 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. Call 703-383-1170 for reservations.

Beth Anderson presents "Financial Freedom." The Women's Ministries of Jubilee Center hosts the seminar and luncheon on Wednesday, April 17, at 9:45 a.m.-2 p.m., at 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. Free. Call 703 383-1170 before April 14 for reservations.

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 Sunday, April 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. Call 703-323-9500.

Nativity Catholic School in Burke hosts its annual auction on Saturday, April 3 at 7 p.m. The event themed "A Starry Night in the Caribbean" features live and silent auctions, hors d'oeuvres, dessert, beverages and live music. The fund-raiser costs $25 per person.

The event takes place at the school located at 6398 Nativity Lane. Call 703-455-0780 to purchase tickets.

Jubilee Christian Center celebrates Palm Sunday, April 4, with special music by the Children's Ministry, and a topical sermon by Pastor Bill Frasnelli on the Holy Week's Passion of Christ, 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Jubilee Christian Center is located at 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. 703-383-1170.

Olivet Episcopal Church conducts Easter services on Sunday, April 11 at 8, 9 and 11:15 a.m. The church is located at 6107 Franconia Road, Alexandria. Call 703-971-4733 or visit www.olivetepiscopalchurch.org.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church invites the public to its Easter week services. Mass Schedule: Holy Thursday, April 8, 7:30 p.m.; Good Friday, April 9, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday Easter Vigil, April 10, 5:30 p.m.; and Easter Sunday, April 11, 7:30 a.m. 9 a.m. 11 a.m. An Easter Sunrise Service takes place April 11, 6:30 a.m., at the Springfield Golf & Country Club. Korean Easter service is 10 a.m. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is located at 8304 Old Keene Mill Road in Springfield.

Burke United Methodist Church hosts "The Parables as Keys to Healthy Relationships" on Sundays, April 25, May 2, 16, and 23, from 6-7:30 p.m. This course is offered by Luminea Institute of the Center for Pastoral Counseling of Virginia and is taught by Rev. Doug Thorpe, Ph.D. It is designed to help participants unlock the secrets of healthy, satisfying relationships from the parables of Jesus. These simple stories harbor life-changing wisdom. This course is for anyone who wants better relationships and a deeper understanding of the Parables. The fee is $100/person for the four sessions. For more information, call 703-903-9696, Mary (ext. 251) or Kay (ext. 297).

St. Peter's in the Woods Episcopal Church Youth Choir presents "Malice in the Palace, The Story of Esther" on Sunday, April 25, at 7 p.m. A reception follows the show. Free. St. Peter's in the Woods Episcopal Church is located at 5911 Fairview Woods Drive, Fairfax Station. 703-503-9210.

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.