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The Messiah United Methodist Church sponsors the following events and services. The church is located at 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield. For more, call 703-569-9862.

* Christmas Comfort Service is Thursday, Dec. 21 at 5 p.m. For many people, the approaching Christmas holiday does not bring with it the same joy and happiness advertised on television or greeting cards. The service is a time of music, scripture, stories, silence, reflection, healing prayer and communion.

* Christmas Eve Worship, Dec. 24. Sunday Morning Worship is 9:30 and 11 a.m. and Sunday Evening Worship is 5 p.m. A worship service for families with children is 7 p.m. A service led by Messiah’s youth is 9 and 11 p.m.

New World Unity Church, at its new location at The Cary Building, 8136 Old Keene Mill Road, A-209 in Springfield, offers the following events and services. Call 703-913-8560 or visit www.NewWorldUnity.org for more.

* 12 Powers Candlelight Service. Sunday, Dec. 24, at 6 p.m. The 12 Powers Candlelight Service is an experience commemorating the birth of Jesus, awakening one’s own Christ essence and making a personal commitment to unfold one of 12 Spiritual gifts in the coming year.

* World Healing Meditation. Dec. 31, at 7 p.m. followed by shared breakfast.

* Burning Bowl Ceremony. Sunday, Dec. 31, at 6 p.m. The Burning Bowl Ceremony offers the opportunity to totally release an old habit, thought or belief into a purifying fire.

Harvest Church offers a Christmas Service Sunday, Dec. 24 at 10:30 a.m. This one-hour service features traditional Christmas carols and candle lighting. The church is located at 7401 Beulah St., Alexandria. For more call 703-971-7070 or visit www.harvestchurchag.org.

Sydenstricker United Methodist Church offers a Worship Sunday, Dec. 24 with Lessons and Carols at 8:30, 9:45, and 11 a.m., a children’s service at 5 p.m., Love Feast at 8 p.m., candlelight service at 11 p.m. The 2006 Christmas theme is “Going to Bethlehem.” The church is located at 8508 Hooes Road, Springfield. For more visit www.sumcdisciples.org or call 703-451-8223.

Jubilee Christian Center offers Christmas Eve services Dec. 24 at 8:45 and 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the center, 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. For more call 703-383-1170.

Fairfax Christian Church, a positive Christian community open to all, offers the following holiday programs and services. Worship services start every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. Church is at 10185 Main St., Fairfax. For more call 703-385-3520 or visit www.fairfaxchristian.org.

* Pastor Rev. Laura Swett offers a special sermon series in December, called “Christmas at the Movies." Sermon topics and dates are Dec. 24: "It’s a Wonderful Life: Joy-quenchers and joy builders."

* Candlelight Christmas Eve service is Dec. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Providence Presbyterian Church offers a Bible study titled "Pausing on the Road to Bethlehem: A Spiritual Journey through Advent" at the church, 9019 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. The study runs Thursdays through Dec. 21, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. The five sessions utilize music, art, poetry, and a variety of interactive activities centered on biblical passages that connect to Advent. Contact