Located in Washington, DC, Mount St. Sepulchre is a Franciscan monastery and Commissariat of the Holy Land in America. (Irene Abdou / Alamy Stock Photo/Alamy Stock Photo)
Vacation Bible school

Southeast D.C.: “Hero Central — Discover Your Strength in God.” Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Sunday, 11:15 a.m. For ages 5 to 12. Learn about some of the Bible’s heroes. Free breakfast and lunch. Arts and crafts, theater and liturgical music and dance are incorporated in the program. Transportation will be provided if needed. Register: 202-544-1415 or 301-787-2123. Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 400 D St. SE.

Burke: “Hero Central — Discover Your Strength in God.” Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Openings still exist for children in kindergarten through the rising fourth grade. Volunteers are welcome. Children attending the program should wear comfortable sneakers or closed-toe shoes and leave all toys, special items and electronic devices at home. Your child will be escorted to the classes between 8:45 and 9 a.m. daily and will be dismissed to an adult with a photo ID. No exceptions. $20; no refunds given. Information, including registration forms, can be found at burkeumc.org/index.html. Burke United Methodist Church, 6200 Burke Centre Pkwy., Burke. 703-250-6100. burkeumc.org.

Arlington: “Paul and the Underground Church.” Aug. 14 to Aug. 18, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For age 4 to rising fifth-graders, with study of the Apostle Paul from 6 to 7:20 p.m. for adults. Registration now closed. Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St., Arlington. 703-527-8574. clarendonumc.org.


Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon: Walk the labyrinth. This medieval Christian practice provides a guided pattern for walking prayer in an atmosphere of peace and quiet. It is offered on the first Saturday of every month. Historic Christ Church, Auditorium, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. parishlife@ccalex.org. 703-549-1450. historicchristchurch.org.

Sunday, 10 to 11 a.m.: Tonia Heggs, associate pastor and director of congregational care at Macedonia Baptist Church in Arlington, will be the featured speaker during the worship service at Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ, 5010 Little Falls Rd., Arlington. 703-538-4886. rockspringucc.org.

Saturday, 2 p.m.: Gargoyle tour at Washington National Cathedral. Docents will present a visual overview of the history and function of these carved architectural features and lead a walking tour on the ground level. Binoculars are recommended, and cameras are welcome. $22, or $18 for ages 12 and younger, students, seniors and military. Reservations suggested. Washington National Cathedral, welcome desk, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-2228. cathedral.org.

Sunday, 9:30 a.m.: Adult Sunday school. Steve Croco, director of the Yale Divinity School Library and former head librarian at Princeton Theological Seminary, will speak about the “Protestant Reformation on American Soil.” National Presbyterian Church, Stone Hall, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-537-0800.

Sunday, 10 a.m.: Imam Johari Abdul-Malik will be the guest preacher at the worship service. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Cir., Bethesda, Md. 301-229-7766. westmorelanducc.org. 301-229-7766. Free.

Sundays through Aug. 27, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.: Jesus Film Festival. Free. Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Rd., Alexandria, Va. 703-765-6555. office@aldersgate.net.

Sunday, all day: Backpack collection. Backpacks and related school supplies collected on this day will be distributed by the church’s mission partner at Friendship Place to children in the pre-K or kindergarten grades who need them. Supplies that accompany the backpacks include a bottle of white liquid glue, large pink eraser, glue sticks, box of tissues, box of crayons, markers or colored pencils, No. 2 pencils, dry-erase markers, safety scissors, small school box, two-pocket folders, wide-ruled notebooks and a ruler with inches and centimeters shown on it. Please leave these gifts in the collection bins near the church entrances. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-537-0800.

Tuesday, 12:10-1 p.m.: Classical pianist Cha Park will perform works by Haydn and Granados and Ravel’s piano masterpiece “Gaspard de la nuit.” $10. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. epiphanydc.org.

Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m.: Bob Pedersen and Casey Sutcliffe will lead “DivorceCare,” a program for those who are separated, newly divorced or working on divorce-related issues. Come as you can. Child care is available upon request by sending an email to janwilliams@burkeumc.org. Burke United Methodist Church, Room 6, 6200 Burke Centre Pkwy., Burke. 703-250-6100. burkeumc.org.

Friday, 6 and 7 a.m.: Mass will be celebrated by the friars of the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America. Franciscan Monastery, 1400 Quincy St. NE. 202-526-6800. myfranciscan.com.

Aug. 12, 9:30 a.m. to noon: Politics for neighbors and naysayers. Amy Laura Hall, Foundry’s scholar in residence and associate professor of Christian ethics at Duke Divinity School, will discuss her writings on this topic. Bring your friends, neighbors and naysayers. Free. Foundry United Methodist Church, Community Commons, 1500 16th St. NW. foundryumc@foundryumc.org. 202-332-4010.

Aug. 13, following the 10:30 Worship Service: This year’s after-church picnic will feature Doug Spitnale’s pulled pork barbecue and Laura Knight’s side dishes. Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingswood Rd., Alexandria. 703-765-6555. Please leave your name, phone number and email address at office@aldersgate.net.

Correction: This story incorrectly reported the name of the guest preacher at Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ in Arlington on Aug. 6. This version has been corrected. Rev. Sharon Stanley-Rea spoke on July 30.

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