Daily, 10 a.m.: Cathedral Crèche Exhibition, an annual display of Nativity scenes from around the world. Open daily through Jan. 6. Washington National Cathedral, lower-level crypt outside Bethlehem Chapel, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free with sightseeing admission fee. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Annual Holiday Craft Fair and Winterfest. More than 75 crafters and vendors will display their wares. Silent auction, Santa’s treasure chest, food, Secret Santa shop, breakfast with Santa and more. Church of the Resurrection, Greencastle Road and Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 301-236-5200. www.resurrectionadw.org.
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; weeknights, 6 to 9 p.m.: Buy a Christmas tree and feed 120 people. This year’s goal is 50,000 meals. Payment by cash or check. Vale United Methodist Church, 11528 Vale Rd., Oakton. 703-620-2594.
Saturday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: A visit with Santa with crafts, snacks and more. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3022 Woodlawn Ave., Falls Church. Free. email@example.com. 703-532-6617. www.htluther.org.
Saturday, 10 a.m.: Breakfast at the Manger. A light breakfast will be served, followed by crafts, stories and games with an Advent focus. Vale United Methodist Church, 11528 Vale Rd., Oakton. Free. 703-620-2594. www.valechurch.org.
Saturday, 10 a.m.: Apostle Virginia M. Spencer and host pastor Laura W. Smith lead a revival. Gideon Baptist Church, 901 W. Ingraham St. NW. Free. Linda, 240-603-2531 or 202.723.1243. www.revivalcrusadeintl.org.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Shop the Shepherd Christmas Showcase. More than 30 vendors will feature unique gifts and crafts, including jewelry, toys, handbags, home decor, kitchenware, skin care products, Christmas decorations and more. Raffle, cafe and bake shop. Church of the Good Shepherd, 9350 Braddock Rd., Burke. Admission, free. firstname.lastname@example.org. 703-323-5400.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: International French bazaar with French and African food, crafts, books, toys, flea market and silent auction. French Protestant Church of D.C., 4500 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Admission, free. 301-320-3955.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Christmas bazaar. Dinners, a silent auction and vendor tables. St. George’s Episcopal Church, 160 U St. NW. 202-387-6421.
Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.: Alternative gift fair for holiday shopping and a supervised “kids corner.” Live music, raffles and a bake sale. Volunteers are welcome. Takoma Park Presbyterian Church, 310 Tulip Ave., Takoma Park. Admission, free. 301-891-8891.
Saturday, 12:30 p.m.: Weekly carillon recital. Edward M. Nassor will perform music of praise and thanksgiving, including Dutch composer Piet Post’s “Theme and Variations on ‘We Gather Together.’ ” Washington National Cathedral, Bishop’s Garden area, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Saturday, 1:15 p.m.: Film critic Jan Lisa Huttner will examine tradition and how its meaning has changed between 1964 and now, using the “Fiddler on the Roof” musical, the movie and the original Tevye stories as a lens. Tifereth Israel Congregation, 7701 16th St. NW. Free. 202 882-1605.
Saturday, 1:30 to 5 p.m.: Davies community chili chow, blues jam and open mike. A bowl of chili (con carne or vegetarian) with sides and beverages available for $10. Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark is the featured performer at the jam. Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hills Rd., Camp Springs. Concert, free, but donations are welcome. 301-449-4308. www.dmuuc.org.
Saturday and Sunday, 4 p.m.: Handel’s “Messiah.” Michael McCarthy directs the National Cathedral Combined Choirs, soloists Gillian Keith, Claire Wilkinson, Rufus Muller and Matthew Brook and a baroque orchestra in all three parts of the nearly three-hour masterpiece. Washington National Cathedral, Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $25-$85. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Saturday and Sunday, 6 p.m.: “The Gift.” The story of a soldier and family at the end of World War II. Jubilee Christian Center, 4650 Shirley Gate Rd., Fairfax. Free. 703-383-1170. www.jccag.org.
Saturday, 7 p.m.: Christmas Comes Anew. The Fairfax Choral Society Symphonic Chorus, Master Singers and Concert Choir will perform carols, including “Patapan” and “In the Bleak Midwinter,” with pipe organ, percussion, piano, harp, flute, oboe, cello and handbell accompaniment. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. $35; students, $15. In advance, $30. 202-797-0103.
Saturday, 7 p.m.: The Westmoreland Festival Choir, Orchestra and soloists will present the world premiere of Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez’s “The Imaginary City,” a five-movement cantata inspired by the life of Palestinian violist Ramzi Aburedwan. Aburedwan will perform the viola solos in the piece. The free-will offering will be given to Al Kamandjati, a series of music schools in refugee camps in Palestine and Lebanon. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Cir., Bethesda. Free parking in a lot north of the church. 301-229-7766. www.WestmorelandUCC.org.
Saturday, 7 p.m.: Duke Ellington Society members meet to listen to and discuss his music. Non-members welcome. Grace Lutheran Church, 4300 16th St. NW. Free. 202-723-4408.
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.: Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra features Billy Strayhorn’s rearrangement of music from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker.” The program also includes the “Queen’s Suite,” composed by Duke Ellington and Strayhorn as a gift to Queen Elizabeth II in 1959 and never commercially released during the Duke’s lifetime. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org.
Saturday, 8 p.m.: Stan Engebretson and Victoria Gau will lead a holiday concert by the National Philharmonic Singers and Takoma Ensemble, featuring music by Whitacre, Rutter, Holst, Corelli and others. A carol sing will be a part of the evening. Free-will offering will go to Community Ministries of Rockville. Christ Episcopal Church, 107 S. Washington St., Rockville. 301-424-8040.
Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.: Jewish Folks Arts Festival, a celebration of local Jewish art, music and culture featuring storyteller Noa Baum, the Fabrangen Fiddlers with Debi and Jesse Roemer, synagogue choirs and cantors, nationally known klezmer bands, university and youth a cappella groups, artists Herman Taube, Marsha Goldfine and Alex Gakner and others. Saturday: Temple Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia. Free. 410-531-5115. Ami, 14330 Travilah Rd., Rockville. Sunday: Universities at Shady Grove Conference Center, 9630 Gudelsky Dr., Rockville. $10-$40. 301-587-1739. www.jewishfolkartsfestival.com.
Saturday, 8 p.m.: Holiday concert. Stan Engebretson and Victoria Gau lead the National Philharmonic Singers and Takoma Ensemble in a performance of works by Whitacre, Rutter, Holst, Corelli and others. The audience will be invited to join in the singing of “Twelve Days of Christmas” and “Stille Nacht” by candlelight. Christ Episcopal Church, 107 S. Washington St., Rockville. Free-will offering. email@example.com. 301-493-9283, ext. 116.
Sunday, 9:30 and 11 a.m.: Volunteers are needed by Stop Hunger Now to package 100,000 meals for children in impoverished areas of the world. All ages are welcome. Grace Community Church, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org. 703-243-3340. www.trygrace.org.
Sunday, 10 a.m.: Tony Lewis, a professor of New Testament languages and literature at the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, will give an introduction to the Gospel of Mark. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766 or www.stjohns-dc.org.
Sunday, 10 a.m.: Jocelyn Samuels, director of the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services, will discuss the federal role in protecting civil rights. Jewish Primary Day School, 6045 16th St. NW. Free. Kelly Hand, email@example.com. 202-686-1881. www.machar.org.
Sunday, 10 a.m.: Changing Middle East: Israel and the U.S. Jeffrey Colman will discuss what Israel can expect in the region in the future. Tifereth Israel Congregation, 7701 16th St. NW. Free. 202-882-1605.
Sunday, 10 a.m.: Meet the real Saint Nicholas, Bishop Nicholas of Myra. Listen to some of the many legends about him during a multimedia sermon. Saint Nicholas will bring a story or two and gold-wrapped chocolate coins for everyone. A Christmas cookie exchange will follow. Bring your favorite plate of cookies to share. St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, 15575 Germantown Rd., Germantown. Free-will offering. firstname.lastname@example.org. 240-631-2800.
Sunday, 10:10 a.m.: The Theology of Stewardship. Cathedral Dean Gary Hall will share his thoughts on our response to the call to stewardship. Washington National Cathedral, Bethlehem Chapel, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free.202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Sunday, 10:30 a.m.: Lessons and Carols Advent worship. Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Free-will offering. 703-256-8330.
Sunday, 11:15 a.m.: The Metropolitan Oratorio Choir will perform Healey Willan’s “The Mystery of Bethlehem,” with organ, harp, oboe and chimes. Come as early as 10 a.m. and visit the Arts Council of Metropolitan’s exhibition of large and small crèches. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free. 202-363-4900.
Sunday, 12:45 to 1:30 p.m.: Holy Land Pilgrimage Preview. The Rev. Canon John L. Peterson and local guide and instructor Canon Iyad Qumri will discuss trip planned in Sept. 2015 to the Holy Land. Will explore the land, geography, history and first century culture that offers a lens that informs and transforms our reading of scripture and current events. Washington National Cathedral, Perry Auditorium, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. Register: email@example.com. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Sunday, 1 p.m.: Knitting and crocheting workshop. Needlers create items for those in need. Instruction, needles and yarn provided. Washington National Cathedral, Fourth Floor of the South Tower, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. Mila Michael, firstname.lastname@example.org. 202-537-6200.
Sunday, 3 p.m.: “Christmas for Our Time.” J. Reilly Lewis leads the Washington Bach Consort Chorus and organist Todd Fickley in a program of seasonal works from various nationalities. Pre-concert lecture in the chapel at 2 p.m.. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. Call for ticket availability. 202-429-2121. www.bachconsort.org.
Sunday, 4 p.m.: “O Magnum Mysterium: A Concert for the Christmas Season.” The Ron Freeman Chorale will perform works by Tomas Luis de Victoria, Dietrich Buxtehude and Michael Praetorius. A reception follows. Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 1400 Quincy St. NE. Free-will offering. 703-750-1408. www.ronfreemanchorale.net.
Sunday, 4 p.m.: Advent choral and strings evensong. The National Philharmonic Singers, a small ensemble of musicians from the National Philharmonic Chorale, and the Takoma Park Strings, conducted by Victoria Gau. Church of Ascension, 633 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring. Free-will offering. 301-587-3272.
Sunday, 4 p.m.: Messiah Sing-Along in Alexandria. Louise C. Wilson leads soprano Rachel Blaustein, alto Tammi Lee, tenor James Kil, bass Chunfeng Li and the congregation in Part I and the “Hallelujah Chorus” of the Handel work. J.S. Bach’s Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041 will be performed with violinist Alexandra Mikhlin. Bring your own Messiah score or buy one for $9 at the door. Fairlington United Methodist Church, 3900 King St., Alexandria. Free. 703-671-4057. www.fairlingtonumc.org.
Sunday, 4 p.m.: Blue Christmas worship service, a contemplative service of healing and hope for those who are hurting. Burke United Methodist Church, 6200 Burke Centre Pky., Burke. Free. 703-250-6100. www.burkeumc.org.
Sunday, 4 p.m.: Holiday concert. Stan Engebretson and Victoria Gau lead the National Philharmonic Singers and Takoma Ensemble in a performance of works by Whitacre, Rutter, Holst, Corelli and others. The audience will be invited to join in the singing of “Twelve Days of Christmas” and “Stille Nacht” by candlelight. Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 633 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring. $20; age 16 and younger, free. email@example.com. 301-493-9283, ext. 116. Advance tickets: www.takomaensemble.org.
Sunday, 4 to 5 p.m.: Hanukkah stories, songs and a special guest, the Hanukkah Bear. Sponsored by Beth Shalom Congregation. Barnes & Noble, Long Gate Shopping Center, 4300 Montgomery Rd. Ellicott City. Free. 410-531-5115. www.beth-shalom.net.
Sunday, 4:30 p.m.: The Vivace Trio — violinist Anna Gaub, violist Fred Wilcox and cellist Diana Flesner — will perform works by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven and festive holiday music. A reception with food and beverages will follow. St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 25100 Ridge Rd., Damascus. Free-will offering. firstname.lastname@example.org. 301-253-2130. www.stannesdamascus.org.
Sunday, 5 p.m.: The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols will be sung by three choirs accompanied by a brass quintet and organ. Readers are from local theater organizations. Reception follows. Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450.
Sunday, 5 p.m.: A service of Lessons and Carols for Advent, modeled after the service held each year at King’s College, Cambridge, England. Guest conductor Benjamin Hutchens will lead Redeemer’s adult and youth choirs in a performance of works by Benjamin Britten, Richard Lloyd, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Stanford Scriven. A reception will follow. Church of the Redeemer, 6201 Dunrobbin Dr., Bethesda. Free-will offering. 301-229-3770. www.redeemerbethesda.org.
Sunday, 6:30 p.m.: Lynn Hollyfield and her band will perform indie, folk and pop with some holiday tunes. Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hill Rd., Camp Springs. $15; 18 and younger, $5. 301-638-2236.
Sunday, 7 p.m.: Christmas and Advent music by Holy Trinity’s bell and vocal choirs. Christmas cookie reception follows. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3022 Woodlawn Ave., Falls Church. Free-will offering. email@example.com. 703-532-6617. www.htluther.org.
Mondays, 10 a.m.: Wellness yoga. Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-765-6555. aldersgate.net.
Most weekdays, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Behind-the-scenes cathedral tour for ages 11 and older. See gargoyles and stained-glass windows and climb a lot of stairs to view the city from above. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $25; children, seniors, students and military, $21. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Mondays, noon: Brown Bag and Bible. The Rev. Dr. Janice Mynchenberg will lead a weekly study of the Gospel of Mark with the help of a commentary by N.T. Wright. Bring your lunch. Georgetown Lutheran Church, 1556 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-337-9070. www.byfaithhopelove.com/GTL.
Monday, 3:30 to 5 p.m.: Laughter, a cure for all? Clinical social worker Alice Faulkner will discuss the benefits of keeping an upbeat outlook. Sponsored by Dupont Circle Village Live and Learn. St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 1830 Connecticut Ave. NW (use the door marked 1830 and go to the second floor). $10. Register: Linda Harsh 202-234-2567 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. www.dmuuc.org.
Mondays, 7 p.m.: Senior strength and stretch class. Participants must bring a completed “assumption of risk and waiver of liability” agreement to the first class. Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Rd., Alexandria. Free. Reservations: Judy, email@example.com or 703-765-6555, ext. 626. aldersgate.net.
Mondays, 7 p.m.: Affordable yoga classes. Bring a mat. Pilgrim Church United Church of Christ, 2206 Briggs Rd., Wheaton. Suggested donation, $5 to $10. 301-942-7188.
Monday, 7 p.m.: Monday night worship services: a less-formal atmosphere in a smaller setting. Included are the celebration of Holy Communion, refreshments after worship and child care. Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. firstname.lastname@example.org. 301-384-4394. www.mystandrew.org.
Mondays, 7 p.m., and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.: Yoga instructor Kirsten Norris leads weekly sessions. Bring a mat. Pilgrim Church United Church of Christ, Social Hall, 2206 Briggs Rd., Silver Spring. Suggested donation, $5 to $10. The Rev. Jessie Lowry, email@example.com. 877-792-8479.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:15 a.m.: Senior Fit, an exercise class for ages 55 and older to build strength, fitness and cardiovascular health. Required physician consent form available at the information center or by visiting the Web site. Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. Call Marilee at 301-384-4394 or go to www.mystandrew.org.
Tuesday, 10 a.m.: “In His Father’s Shoes.” St. Paul’s “Second Tuesday” group will host a screening of the film about a young boy who connects with his recently deceased father and other members of his extended family after he goes back in time and walks in his father’s shoes. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rock Creek, St. Paul’s Center, 201 Allison St. NW. Free. 202-726-2080. www.rockcreekparish.org/.
Tuesdays, 10:45 a.m.: A docent leads a “spiritual reflections” tour. A one-hour, docent-led tour that explores stories of faithful action and devotion highlighted in glass and stone. Tours include stories, silence, poetry, prayer and reflective invitations, including one to attend Eucharist at noon. Participants will receive a pilgrimage medallion. Tours do not take place on holidays or during special events. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. Questions: Pilgrimages@cathedral.org. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Tuesday, 12:10 p.m.: Classical violinist Jua Kim and pianist Soyoon Yim will perform works by Norwegian composer Edvard Greig. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, ext. 20.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 1 p.m.: “Christmas Story in Art.” David Gariff leads a tour of the paintings in the permanent collection that depict the birth of Jesus. The lecture will be repeated on Dec. 16 and 17. National Gallery of Art, West Building main floor, rotunda, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
Tuesdays, 1 p.m.: Senior Bible study led by Jack Hessler. The group will meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. The Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-384-4394. www.mystandrew.org.
Tuesday and Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.: Cathedral tour and tea. A docent will lead a tour of the cathedral, its history, architecture and art — plus a traditional English tea and 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, www.allhallowsguild.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, 7 p.m.: “Hear the Angels Sing!” The combined Youth Choruses of the Central Campus bring you the voices of angels. Concert will conclude with a new arrangement of Brent Adams’s “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. $25; students, $10; in advance, adults, $20. 703-256-8330. www.annandale-umc.org.
Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.: Homework Helpers invites parents or guardians to bring their children in grades 1 to 8 for free after-school tutoring, advice and homework help. The program is certified by the Episcopal Diocese of Washington under its mandatory “Safeguarding God’s Children” training. St. John’s Church, Broadcreek, Bayne Hall, 9801 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. Free. Registration: Ruth LaBelle, program director, 240-461-5330 or email@example.com.
Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m.: Scholar and author Rabbi Susan Grossman will speak about “Parting of the Ways: How Judaism and Christianity Became Two.” Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia. $20. 410-531-5115. www.beth-shalom.net.
Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m.: “Passages,” a 15-week “DivorceCare” series for those experiencing separation or divorce, starts Tuesday evening. Vienna Presbyterian Church, Maple Avenue and Park Street, Vienna. Materials cost: $20; scholarships available. Register at Passages@ViennaPres.org or call 703-938-9050. www.viennapres.org .
Tuesdays, 7 p.m. and Wednesdays, 6 p.m.: Zumba classes. Christ Church Chaptico, Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd., Chaptico, Md. $6 per class, or get a punch card that charges $5 per visit. Lisa Martoni, firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-925-4153.
Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Grand opening: Open City at the National Cathedral. A new cafe built in the former Herb Cottage gift shop will offer coffee, pastries, sandwiches and other light fare for purchase daily. It will be operated by the owners of Open City and Tryst. Visitors familiar with the space will see the extensive facelift that has taken place and the patio added to this cozy new spot. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Wednesdays, 1:45 to 4:15 p.m.: Church of the Covenant, Arlington, is offering a safe, free and fun after-school program for elementary school students who attend schools with early release Wednesdays. Those in grades K-5 are invited to be part of the Backyard, a program that offers games, crafts and Bible stories in ways that use a Christian curriculum. The program continues through June 2015 and follows the academic calendar. Church of the Covenant, 2666 N. Military Rd., Arlington. Free, registration required. Emma Horn, email@example.com. 703-524-4115.
Wednesdays, 2 p.m.: Tai chi classes. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rock Creek, 201 Allison St. NW. Free. 202-726-2080.
Wednesday, 5:45 p.m.: Wednesday Night Together fellowship dinner and Advent worship. Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Reservations required by noon Monday. $8; age 8 and younger, $3; family maximum, $25. 703-256-8330.
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.: The Madison High School Madrigal Singers will perform sacred and secular seasonal songs. Holden evening prayer with Emmanuel’s Bluegrass Band follows at 7 p.m. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 2589 Chain Bridge Rd., Vienna. 703-938-2119. elcvienna.org/wp/celebrate-advent-at-emmanuel.
Wednesday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: “The Church and Mass Incarceration,” with Harold Dean Trulear, professor at Howard University School of Divinity. If you arrive early, you may share in a free meal. New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave. NW. Free parking at Green City Parking on H Street. 202-393-3700. www.nyapc.org.
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.: Open prayer service. Communion follows. Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd., Alexandria. 703-971-5151. www.franconiaumc.org.
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: “Children of the Light: Desmond Tutu’s South African Story.” Washington premiere on International Human Rights Day. The Palestine Israel Advocacy Group of the Washington National Cathedral congregation will screen the film, which highlights the life and global impact of Tutu, a Nobel Peace Laureate. Judith Mayotte, congregation member and member of the board of the Desmond Tutu Peace Center and Leadership Academy in South Africa, will discuss her personal observations on the archbishop. Washington National Cathedral, Perry Auditorium, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200. www.nationalcathedral.org. Reservations required: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesdays, 7 p.m.: Candlelight Advent worship services. Glenn Dale United Methodist Church at Historic Perkins Chapel, 8606 Springfield Rd., Glenn Dale. Free. 301-262-2299.
Wednesdays, 7 p.m.: Holiday jazz and evening prayer, an age-old tradition with a new twist. Lutheran Church of St Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-384-4394. www.mystandrew.org.
Wednesdays, 7 p.m.: Tai chi classes. Certified instructor will teach the movement discipline that may strengthen the mind and body. Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church 7400 Temple Hills Rd., Camp Springs. Suggested donation, $5. 301-449-4308. www.dmuuc.org.
Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m.: Flaunt Fitness, a 45-minute program for women led by Lisa Martoni. Christ Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd., Chaptico, Md. $6 per class. 301-884-3451.
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. e-mail email@example.com or call 703-525-8286.
Thursdays, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast Bible study. Anyone may attend a reading and discussion of the appointed Bible readings for the upcoming Sunday, according to the Revised Common Lectionary. Sponsored by St. Nicholas Episcopal Church. IHOP (International House of Pancakes), 20009 Century Blvd., Germantown. firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-631-2800.
Thursdays, 9 a.m.: Yoga class. Christ Church Chaptico, Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd., Chaptico. Call for details. 301-301-884-3451.
Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.: Yoga instructor Kirsten Norris leads weekly sessions. Bring a mat. Pilgrim Church United Church of Christ, Social Hall, 2206 Briggs Rd., Silver Spring. Suggested donation, $5 to $10. The Rev. Jessie Lowry, email@example.com. 877-792-8479.
Thursdays and Fridays, 9:30 to 11:45 a.m.: Music and movement classes for ages 5 and younger with a parent or adult caregiver. Sponsored by Music Together Montgomery. The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 6201 Dunrobbin Dr., Bethesda. Free. 301-229-3770.
Thursdays, 11 a.m.: Gentle yoga. Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-765-6555. aldersgate.net.
Thursdays, noon: Affordable yoga classes. Bring a mat. Pilgrim Church United Church of Christ, 2206 Briggs Rd., Wheaton. Suggested donation, $5 to $10. 301-942-7188.
Thursday, 3 p.m.: Cathedral Dean Gary Hall and his wife will host an evening with Frederick Quinn, an author, priest and former foreign service officer who spent many years in Africa. He will discuss his book “A House of Prayer for all People: A History of Washington National Cathedral.” Washington National Cathedral, Bratenahl House , 3525 Woodley Rd. NW. Free. Reservations required: firstname.lastname@example.org. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Thursday, 3 p.m.: Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence. The Newtown Foundation and Washington National Cathedral will host a service of mourning and loving remembrance for all who have fallen victim to gun violence in America. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Shepherds, Stable, Star and . . . Popcorn? Lifetime Theological Education at Virginia Theological Seminary welcomes everyone to learn about Hollywood’s depiction of the Nativity of Jesus, a popular subject for filmmakers. Virginia Theological Seminary, 3737 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. $40, reservations required by Monday: email@example.com. 703-461-1753. www.vts.edu/fridays.
Friday, noon: The Friday Morning Music Club members will perform works by Leslie Bennett, Martha and Robert Hanrott, Sharon Guertin Shafer and An-Ming Wang. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.
Friday, 12:15 to 1 p.m.: Arts@Midday “A Colonial Christmas.” Flutist Tyler St. Clare will perform a program that explores the history and sounds of a flourishing Christmas tradition that belied the austerity of puritanical New England with such songs as “Lumps of Pudding” and “Jolly Wassel Bowl” and the music of Billings and other early American composers. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-363-8286 or www.StAlbansDC.org.
Friday, 12:15 to 1 p.m.: Classical pipe organist Lisa Gaolci and trumpeter Chuck Seipp will perform works by Handel, Bach, Jean Langlais and Adam B. Levowitz, and arrangements of some familiar carols. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free; donations welcome. 202-797-0103.
Friday, 7 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 2 to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: A display of more than 200 Nativity scenes from around the world. On Sunday at 4 p.m., participate in the Handel’s “Messiah” sing-along with the Central Maryland Chorale. Lutheran Church of St Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Exhibit, free; sing-along, $10. 301-384-4394. www.mystandrew.org.
Dec. 13, 8:30 to 11 a.m.: Breakfast with Santa. Pancakes and side items will be available through 10:30 a.m. Santa will arrive with a gift stocking for the kids. Bring a camera. Children will be invited to prepare “boxes of love” — warm clothing for the homeless. All proceeds will go to local charities. Calvary Lutheran Church, 9545 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. $3.50 per person or $12 per family.
Dec. 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Advent Quiet Day led by artist and poet Chrissie Crosby. The day will focus on the story of Hannah, mother of Samuel, and the themes of hurt, healing and heeding. Lunch will be available. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St. NW. Registration fee, including lunch and snacks, $35; in advance, $30. Register with Mary Alcuin Kelly, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Susan Walker, email@example.com. 202-232-0900. www.saintstephensdc.org.
Dec. 13, noon, and Dec. 14, 4 p.m.: “Joy of Christmas.” J. Reilly Lewis conducts the Cathedral Choral Society; Washington Symphonic Brass; composer Armando Bayolo; organist Todd Fickley; carilloneur Edward Nassor; and the C. D. Hylton High School Troubadours in the Advent wreath procession and Christmas carols old and new. Noon program is shorter and appropriate for young families. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org. $25 to $75.
Dec. 13, 5 p.m.: Eya, an ensemble for medieval music, will perform “Natus est Rex” (“A King is Born”), a holiday concert by candlelight featuring musical styles from the 12th century and beyond. Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 6201 Dunrobbin Dr., Bethesda. $20, students and seniors, $10. 410-446-9450. www.eyaensemble.com.
Dec. 13, 4 to 8 p.m.: “Walk Through Ancient Bethlehem,” a commemoration of the birth of Jesus. Continuous tours will lead visitors through a replica of the holy city’s ancient streets, where they may meet costumed re-enactors, including Roman soldiers, tax collectors and shopkeepers peddling their wares. When they arrive at a live Nativity scene with animals, there will be musical performances, children’s crafts and refreshments. Parkwood Baptist Church, 8726 Braddock Rd., Annandale. Free. 703-978-8160. www.bwalk.org.
Dec. 13, 5 p.m.: Winter’s Muse. The West and South Campus youth choristers will perform seasonal music with short, winter proverbs and witty observations. First Baptist Church of Herndon, 681 Elden St., Herndon. $25; students, $10; in advance, $20; students, $10. 703-437-3620. www.fbcherndon.org.
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