History Church is one of the newest churches to begin worship services in Fairfax County. Founded by husband and wife Ben and Ainsley Arment of Herndon over a year ago, the church meets in small groups at members' homes and at weekly Sunday gatherings at 10:30 a.m. at the Reston Sheraton Hotel.

Ben Arment, a former collegiate minister in Virginia Beach, came up with the idea of a small-group worship format in response to a personal concern about the diminishing number of young adults in attendance at local church services. In a written statement, Arment said of the living room-based worship: "It's a first-century approach that has come full circle. The only churches mentioned in the Bible are ones that met in homes, and although our society has progressed considerably since that time, I believe we have lost something valuable when churches moved into special buildings."

The Reston Sheraton is at 11810 Sunrise Valley Dr. For more information about History Church, call Ben and Ainsley Arment at 703-713-9700 or visit www.historychurch.org.

United Christian Parish will host a series of discussions based on the book "Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths" at 7:30 p.m. on five consecutive Thursdays beginning Jan. 16. Representatives from Judaism, Christianity and Islam will lead the discussions. The church is at 11508 North Shore Dr. in Reston. For more information, call 703-620-3065.

The Potomac Chapter of Hadassah will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. next Thursday at the Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation. Sandy Gold, chairman of Hadassah's "Day on the Hill," will discuss advocacy issues. The Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation is at 1441 Wielhe Ave. in Reston. For more information, call 703-391-8522.

-- Compiled by C. Woodrow Irvin

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