St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Sterling will hold a worship service for people and their pets the fourth Sunday of every month, starting at 4 p.m. today, with Communion for the people and blessings for the animals. The service will be held in the church's Sanctuary in the Woods but will be moved indoors if the weather is bad. 201 E. Frederick Dr. 703-430-2121. www.stmatthewssterling.org.
St. James United Church of Christ will explore what it means for a church to be open and affirming in relation to sexual orientation. Stone Bridge High School student Sabrina Audrey Jess will show a video of her play "Offsides" and discuss bullying in school, especially related to sexuality. 11 a.m. today, 10 E. Broad Way, Lovettsville. 703-443-0524.
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun has invited descendants of people who worshipped in its building when it was Mount Olive Methodist Episcopal Church to a service at 11:15 a.m. today. UUCL members will speak about the building's history and hang a plaque from the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Historic Register. The church, dedicated in 1890, was a place of worship for freed slaves from Oatlands Plantation. 20460 Gleedsville Rd., Leesburg. 540-338-3050 or 703-737-7644. www.uuloudoun.org.
Today's service at the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling is called "The Wilderness . . . Again!" The Passover story will be told.
The Unitarian Universalists meet at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center, 22135 Davis Dr. 703-406-3068 or www.uusterling.org.
St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church will hold a prayer service for the healing of victims of abuse, sponsored by the Diocese of Arlington, at 10 a.m. Saturday. The service will be celebrated by Vicar General the Rev. Mark Mealey and will include presentations by a victims assistance representative from the diocese and a representative from the Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter. Guided walks through a meditative prayer garden, the Santa Rosa Labyrinth, will be held. 37730 St. Francis Ct., Purcellville. 540-338-6381.
-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD
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