Fairfax County religion notes

November 28, 2012

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 4801 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale, will hold an Al-Anon family group spirituality workshop, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. 703-534-4357, www.alanonva.

Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston, 1625 Wiehle Ave., Reston, will hold alternative gift market, with nine local and 23 global charities. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. 703-956-9155, www.uureston.org.

Church of the Good Shepherd, 9350 Braddock Rd., Burke, will hold “Shop the Shepherd Christmas Showcase,” a market of more than 22 vendors offering jewelry, toys, handbags, purses, home decor, kitchenware, skin care and Christmas decorations. Plus, a raffle, cafe and bake shop. Proceeds benefit the church. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 703-323-5400, jhwilcox@aol.com.

Church of the Holy Comforter, 543 Beulah Rd. NE, Vienna, will hold an alternative gift fair, supported by Fair Trade Winds in Fairfax City, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. The fair offers handcrafted gifts from artisans all over the world and opportunities to donate gifts, such as mosquito nets and micro-loans, from Episcopal Relief and Development and International Justice Mission. The St. Nicholas Festival, 1:30-4:30p.m. Saturday, offers young children the chance to shop for gifts in the Secret Santa Shop with elves on hand to help with purchases, gift wrapping and card making while parents browse the Alternative Gift Fair. 703-598-3498, www.holycomforter.com.

Burke United Methodist Church, 6200 Burke Center Pkwy., Burke, will hold a Family Advent Celebration, with crafts, cookie decorating and a family photo as part of a live Nativity featuring Eli the camel. 4:45 p.m. Sunday. Free. 703-250-6100, www.burkeumc.org.

St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 8531 Riverside Rd., Alexandria, will hold Advent Celtic evening Eucharist services, 5:30 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 23. Candlelight, silence, prayers and music from the Celtic tradition will set the tone for this contemplative worship and communion service. 703-360-4221, www.staidansepiscopal.com.

Celebration Center for Spiritual Living, 2840 Graham Rd., Falls Church, will hold an “Embracing Sound Energy” service of meditation with Tibetan bowls, facilitated by Rick and Susan Gallaher. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday. Freewill offering. 703-560-2030, www.celebrationcenter.org.

Floris United Methodist Church, 13600 Frying Pan Rd., Herndon, offers a program to address addiction, codependency, anger and other self-destructive behaviors. 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays. Celebrate Recovery is a faith-based, 12-step program. Child care is provided. 703-793-0026, recovery@florisumc.org.

St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, 1830 Kirby Rd., McLean, offers a “centering prayer” gathering for those who want to pray silently in the company of others. 7-7:45 p.m. Tuesdays. 703-356-1881.

Fort Belvoir Military Council of Catholic Women will hold a Bible study group, for military women and spouses of active or retired military members, 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Woodlawn Chapel, 1800 Wright Rd., Fort Belvoir. The group will study the book “Hail, Holy Queen” by Scott Hahn. Charlotte Pierce, 703-339-8437.

— Compiled by Jean Mack

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