Faith Notes

Faith Notes

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The New World Unity Church sponsors a White Stone Ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 9, at 8100 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. Begin the new year with a clean slate with this service. For more information, call 703-690-7925 or visit

The Messiah United Methodist Church sponsors "Walk Thru the Bible — Old Testament" on Sunday, Jan. 9, from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the church, 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield. Cost is $20. For more information or to register, call 703-569-9862, ext. 210.

The Ekoji Buddhist Temple offers an introductory class on Buddhism at 10 a.m., beginning Jan. 16. Sessions meet for five weeks. For more information, visit The Ekoji Buddhist Temple is located at 6500 Lake Haven Lane, Fairfax Station.

The Alpha Celebration Dinner takes place on Jan. 16, at 6 p.m., at the Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, 8508 Hooes Road, Springfield. Anyone interested in finding out more about the Christian faith is welcome. Reservations welcomed, but not necessary. For more information or to RSVP call 703-451-8223, ext. 103, 703-455-8477 or 703-451-6542.

The Chabad Community Center hosts an eight-week course on the teachings of Kabbalah. Classes take place on Mondays, from Jan. 17 to March 7, at 7:30 p.m., at the Chabad Community Center, 3939 Prince William Drive, Fairfax. For more information, visit or call 703-426-1980.

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

The Fairfax Church of Christ sponsors a Divorce Recovery Support Group every Monday at 7:30 p.m., at the church. Cost is $10 for book used. For more information call 703-631-2100 or visit The Fairfax Church of Christ is located at 3901 Rugby Road, Fairfax.

Boys and girls are invited to join the Royal Ranger and Missionette clubs this fall, sponsored by Harvest Church. Clubs are open to 3-years-olds through children in the sixth grade, and meet on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m., at the church. Children earn badges, learn Bible stories and scripture verses and participate in various community and service projects. For more information, call 703-971-7070.

International Calvary Church is a Christ, Bible and Spirit centered church. Sunday services are as follows: English services at 9:45 a.m., Korean services at 11:30 a.m., and youth services at 11:30 a.m. Sunday School is as follows: English classes at 11:30 a.m., and children's classes at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible study and Youth Meeting are at 8 p.m., and Friday Prayer and Youth Meeting take place at 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-569-1918. The International Calvary Church is located at 5700 Hanover Ave., Springfield.

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.

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 or call 301-897-7334.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8304 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, holds casual worship services on Saturday evenings at 5:30 p.m. featuring contemporary music.

More traditional services take place on Sunday mornings at 8:15 and 11 a.m. Sunday School is at 9:45-10:45 a.m. for your children. The church also offers discussion groups for adults. Call 703-451-5855.

New World Unity Church in Springfield sponsors the following courses this fall. New World Unity Church is located at 8044 Galla Knoll Circle, Springfield. For more information, call 703-690-7925 or visit

* The Creative Process, a class that explores the steps of creation in Genesis. Classes take place on Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

* Book Study Group. Participants examine Paul Ferrini's book, "The Silence of the Heart," on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. For group meeting locations, call 703-690-7925.

* New World Men of Spirit is a group of men dedicated to the Recreation and Cultivation of that which is Godly in Men. Group meets every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. For meeting location and more information call 703-866-2478.

* “Spiritual Parenting” meets the first Sunday of the month from 12-1 p.m., at Irving Middle School, 8100 Old Keene Mill Road. Child care is available upon request.

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.

Church of the Nativity offers a free general bereavement support group open to all adults on the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The church is located at 6400 Nativity Lane, Burke. For more information, call 703-455-2400, ext. 17.

The Spiritual Parenting support group meets the first Sunday of every month, 12-1 p.m., at Washington Irving Middle School in Springfield. For more information, visit or call 703-690-7925. Child care is available on request.

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.

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.