"Raising kids," "Tools for Christian Growth" and "Floating Sculpture" are among the courses being offered by area religious institutions this fall.

Here is a list of some of them:

St. Mary's Parish adult education lecture series scans topics from "Shroud of Turin" to "Raising Kids" to "Funerals and Alternatives, Care and Development." Lectures begin Sept. 28 at St. Mary's School, 400 Green St., Alexandria. For registration information, call 325-0551.

Partners," an ecumenical community of adult lay educators, is offering courses in "Meeting Christ in the New Testament," "Tools for Christian Growth," and "How to Discern Your Ministry and Gifts in Local Churches," beginning in October at different Northern Virginia locations. Call 524-5576 for details.

Let's Celebrate," a series of four Sunday workshops is designed for young Jewish couples attempting to transmit Jewish heritage to their children. The series begins 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. For registration information, call 881-0100.

Mother of God Pastoral Institute is offering classes in sacred scripture, marriage and family life, Christian faith and practice and physical fitness. Classes are on Wednesday evenings through October, at Walter Johnson High School, 6400 Rock Spring Dr., Bethesda. Call 977-2500 for further information.

Children and adults may register for the Community Arts Program at Westmoreland Congregational Church Activities include chorus, pencil sketching, floating sculpture and stamp collecting. For details call 229-7766.