Religion events from around the Washington area

January 3, 2014

Daily through Jan. 12, 10 a.m.: “Cathedral Creche Exhibition: What Child is This?,” an annual display of Nativity scenes from around the world. Washington National Cathedral, lower-level crypt outside Bethlehem Chapel, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or

Saturday, 8 to 10:30 a.m.: An all-you-can-eat community pancake breakfast featuring eggnog and regular pancakes. Proceeds benefit St. Paul’s 2014 Youth Mission work trip and St. Paul’s Hunger Ministry. $6.50; 11 and younger, $2; family price, $18. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 10401 Armory Ave., Kensington. 301-933-7933.

Saturdays, 12:30 p.m.: Weekly carillon recital by Edward M. Nassor. Washington National Cathedral, Bishop’s Garden area, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or

Saturday, 5-7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: International creche exhibit. St. Mark Catholic Church, 9970 Vale Rd., Vienna. Free. 703-938-4355.

Sunday, 10:15-11:05 a.m. and 4 p.m.: The celebration of the Incarnation of Christ is complete now that the Feast of the Epiphany and our gathering around Bethlehem's manger concludes with the arrival of the magi or wise men. The Sunday Forum, Sunday School and youth classes meet from 10:15 to 11:05 am. Later, there will be children's activities, crafts and king cake before the "Live@5" service begins. St. Columba's Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. Questions? Contact Pattie Ames, or 202-363-4119, Ext. 222.

Sunday 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Art reception for “Evidence of Civilization,” with photographs, ceramics and paintings. The exhibit continues through Feb. 24. Congregation Har Shalom, Gallery Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Rd., Potomac. Free. 301-299-7087.

Sunday, 1:30 p.m.: “Forged in Fire: Cathedral Ironwork.” A docent-led cathedral tour of creatures, flowers and other items made by master smiths. Washington National Cathedral, welcome desk at walk-in visitor entrance, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $20; children, seniors, military and students, $16. Reservations suggested. 202-537-6200 or .

Sunday, 1-3 p.m.: Knitting and crocheting workshop on the first and third Sundays of each month. Make items for those in need. Instruction, needles and yarn are available for creating children's hats, scarves and booties for organizations such as Bright Beginnings, serving homeless children and their families. Washington National Cathedral, fourth floor of the South Tower, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or e-mail

Sunday, 5 p.m.: “Twelfth Night Luminous Gems: A Celebration of Epiphany and the Winter Solstice.” Armonia Nova performs seasonal music. Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450.

Sunday, 5:15 p.m.: Cathedral artist-in-residence organist Jeremy Filsell will perform Olivier Messiaen’s “La Nativité du Seigneur,” on the 10,650-pipe great organ. 5:15 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Great Choir, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-6200 or

Most Weekdays 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Behind the scenes cathedral tour, for age 11 and older, see gargoyles and stained-glass windows, and climb a lot of stairs to view the city from high and with a camera, will be held at Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or

Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m.: Food addicts support group meeting. St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, Room 205, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. Free. 202-363-4119.

Monday, 7 p.m.: Bible study. Wesley United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 5312 Connecticut Ave NW. Free. 202-966-5144.

Mondays, 7 p.m.: Sally Jones leads “A Course in Miracles.” Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hills Rd., Camp Springs. Free. 301-449-4308.

Monday, 7-8:30 p.m.: Harbingers: A Seasonal Spirituality Gathering. The group explores how the landscape in which we live impacts the inner landscape of our being. Through reading and reflection, conversation and silence, discover how being aware of the harbingers that indicate the turning of the seasons opens us up to a greater awareness of the holy in our lives. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Email for building entry instructions. 202-537-6200 or

Monday, 7:30 p.m.: Taize service and healing rite, an informal, contemplative service. The Church of the Redeemer, 6201 Dunrobbin Dr., Bethesda. 301-229-3770.

T uesdays and Thursdays, 10-11 a.m.: Strength and balance, led by Tonya Walton, a full body strength and balance class with no floor work, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. Sessions go through March 27; no class Feb. 12, 18, 20 or March 25. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. $90 for a one day per week class; $170 for a two days per week class. 202-364-7602.

Tuesday, 12:10 p.m.: Christmas song-fest from Germany and Austria, soprano Allison Mondel, baritone Richard Giarusso and pianist Jeremy Filsell perform. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.: A docent-led tour of the highlights of the cathedral, its history, architecture and artworks — plus a traditional English teaand a scenic view of the city from the cathedral tower. Washington National Cathedral, Docent Station at the Rear Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $30, reservations required. 202-537-8993, or

Tuesday, 7 p.m.; Wednesday, noon: Bible study. Randall Memorial United Methodist Church, 1002 46th St. NE. 202-396-0375.

Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.: A total body workout over 10 weeks, led by Carolyn Gichner, incorporating light weights and floor work with a mat, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. $90 for one day per week; $170 for two days per week. 202-364-7602.

Wednesday, 12:10 to 12:45 p.m.: Organist Richard Fitzgerald improvises on themes from the stained glass windows of the church. St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square at the corner of 16th and H streets NW. Free; wheelchair accessible. 202-347-8766 or

Wednesday, 1-3 p.m.: Alzheimer’s Club Memory, a social club for people with early-stage Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, must be accompanied by their spouses or other caregiverssponsored by Sibley Memorial Hospital. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free, registration requested. 202-364-7602.

Wednesdays, 5 p.m.: Bereavement support group. Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, Main Hospital Building, first floor, 3800 Reservoir Rd. NW. Free. 202-444-0109. E-mail registration required to Sara Moore, chaplain for adult oncology,

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Art and spirit coffeehouse, "Seeking the Divine." Watercolor painter Christine Nicoll Parson discusses her work, described as " abstract and collage work, portrait and figure paintings, and liturgical pieces" with some stained glass. Coffee and dessert followed by audience questions. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free, donations welcome. 202-554-3222 or

Wednesdays, 7 and 7:30 p.m.: Susan Goekler will lead classes in beginner (7:30 p.m.) and intermediate (7 p.m.) T'hi Chi, a movement discipline meant to strengthen the mind and body. Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hills Rd., Camp Springs. Suggested donation, $5. 301-449-4308.

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Bible study at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 3601 Alabama Ave. SE. 202-582-7740.

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Bible study. Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1518 M St. NW. Free. 202-331-1426.

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: Bible study at Wesley United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-5144 or .

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: Walk the labyrinth from 6 to 7:30 p.m., then attend a Taize prayer service, with sung prayer and periods of peaceful silence. St. George’s Episcopal Church, 915 N. Oakland St. Arlington. Free. 703-525-8286 or e-mail

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: Walk the labyrinth from 6 to 7:30 p.m., then attend a Taize prayer service, with sung prayer and periods of peaceful silence. St. George’s Episcopal Church, 915 N. Oakland St. Arlington. Free. 703-525-8286 or e-mail

Thursday, 6 p.m.: The Washington Performing Arts Society’s Adult Gospel Choir performs the works of Dr. Raymond Wise and Stanley Thurston. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Thursday, 7:30 p.m.: Bible study at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. Free. 202-554-3222 or

Friday, Noon: The Friday Morning Music Club performs works by Frederico Mompou, Schumann and Giovanni Giuseppe Cambini. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.

Friday, 7-9 p.m.: Bible study. Union Wesley AME Zion Church, 1860 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-526-1244.

Next Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: The Friday Morning Music Club, led by Paul Leavitt, hosts interested singers in a workshop of works by J.S. Bach, Haydn, Gounod, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Thompson, Lauridsen and Leavitt, then leads them in a concert at 4 p.m. Those wishing to be a part of the workshop and concert should contact Peter Baum via e-mail at First Baptist Church, 16th and O streets NW. Free. 202-333-2075.

Next Saturday, 4-6 p.m.: A community spaghetti supper will be served, including spaghetti, bread, salad, a beverage and dessert. Children are welcome. Christ Episcopal Church, 8710 Old Branch Ave., Clinton. Free-will offering, $10 suggested. 301-868-1330 or

Next Saturday, 7-9 p.m.: HBO’s “Gideon’s Army,” the personal stories of three young public defenders in Georgia who challenge the assumptions that drive the U.S. criminal justice system. A discussion follows. River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6301 River Rd., Bethesda. Free. 301-229-0400.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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