Del Ray United Methodist Church, 100 E. Windsor Ave., Alexandria, will hold an informational dinner at 6:30 p.m. Sunday for potential participants in its Alpha course for people who are curious about Christianity. The course begins Sept. 13. The dinner and program are free and open to all. For more information, call 703-549-2088.

Agudas Achim Congregation, 2908 Valley Dr. in Alexandria, will hold a Shehecheyanu service at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2. The service will be interpreted for the hearing-impaired and is intended for the whole family. For more information, call 703-998-6460.

St. John Baptist Church in Alexandria will host a family conference Friday through Sunday at the Crystal City Marriott, 1999 Jefferson Davis Hwy. in Arlington. All three days will feature music and worship services. The Rev. Charles E. Goodman Jr. of Pleasant View Missionary Baptist Church in Salem, Ala., will be the guest speaker. Registration is required for family workshops, which will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, and for a youth forum for ages 12-18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All events are free; call 703-683-2565 for more information.

St. Ives' Episcopal Church, 1607 N. Nicholas St. in Arlington, will hold a vacation Bible school from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 29-Sept. 2 for children ages 5 to 11. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Call 703-622-7382 or 703-534-9399 to register, or download the registration form at Cost is $20 per child (maximum $40 per family), but scholarships are available.

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