Religious events

Posted: December 14, 2012








Beth El

Beth El Congregation, 520 Fairmont Ave., Winchester, will have its annual Hanukkah dinner and family worship service today. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and will include the traditional lighting of the Hanukkah menorahs (candelabras).



Macedonia UMC

Praise and worship band Revival will present a Christmas performance, “The Gift,” at 7 p.m. on Dec. 21 at Macedonia United Methodist Church, U.S. 522 near Armel Elementary School.

The group will weave traditional Christmas songs with contemporary praise songs, scripture readings and images to tell the story of the birth of Jesus and the greatest gift of all.

It is free and open to the public.




Meadow Brook Bible Baptist

“Tell Me The Story of Jesus,” a Christmas string musical, will be presented at Meadow Brook Bible Baptist, 2425 First St., Middletown 7 p.m. Saturday. Refreshments will follow.



Life in the Word

Life in the Word Church of Jesus Christ is expanding its White Post headquarters to include a new dining facility.

The church, 14401 Lord Fairfax Highway in White Post, will host an open house to showcase the new Fellowship Hall at 11 a.m. Saturday. A representative from the White Post Diversion Center will be the guest speaker.


Senior pastor, Bishop Bobby T. Hudnall, has a vision for the fellowship hall to be used as a soup kitchen to feed the hungry, a gathering place for community youth and senior citizens, and to serve as a banquet hall for small group get-togethers and meetings.





Relief UMC

Relief United Methodist Church, 5275 Middle Road, Winchester, will have Lesson in Carols, presented by the sanctuary choir, at 11 a.m. Sunday.


At 7 p.m., the annual Christmas program will be presented with recitations, special music, vocal and instrumental, and “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”





Wesley UMC

Wesley United Methodist Church, 527 Van Fossen St., Winchester, will have an 11 a.m. Dec. 24. Candlelight Communion Service with guest speaker the Rev. Bill Mayton, pastor emeritus of Main Street United Methodist Church, Waynesboro, with music by the Giovane Players string quartet.


There will be a 7 p.m. candlelight communion service with the Rev. Mike Mayton preaching and special music by the sanctuary choir.



Old Bethel UMC

Old Bethel United Methodist Church, 560 Old Bethel Church Road, Winchester, will hold its annual Christmas program at 11:15 a.m. this Sunday.

It features a Christmas carol sing-along, other music, and an original play, “Christmas at the Gas Station.”

This event is free to the public with donations accepted. For details, call 540-662-6061.


Our Savior Lutheran

Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2800 Millwood Pike, Winchester, will have a soup and dessert supper at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, hosted by the Youth Group, followed by an Advent Service at 7 p.m.


Candlelight and Carols Communion Service will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 24. A Christmas Day service will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 25.



New Hope Alliance

New Hope Alliance Church, 2311 Papermill Road, will host a sanctuary worship brunch at 10 a.m. Sunday to celebrate the wonder of Christmas. No reservations needed and it is open to the public.



Grace Episcopal  and St. Mary’s

Grace Episcopal Church, Berryville, will have a Christmas Eve service at 5 and 11 p.m. Dec. 24.

Christmas Day service will be held at 9 a.m. at St.Mary’s in Berryville.




First Presbyterian

First Presbyterian Church, 116 S. Loudoun St., Winchester, will have a family service at 4 p.m. Dec. 24 in the fellowship hall, a 7 p.m. Dec. 24 service by high school youth, and a 10 p.m. Dec. 24 Christmas Eve program of traditional candlelight services of lessons and carols. Prelude music begins at 9:30 p.m.





John Wesley Christian

John Wesley Community Christian Church will hold its annual Christmas program at 5 p.m. Saturday at 224 Brown Lane, Clear Brook.



First Christian

First Christian Church, 75 Merrimans Lane, Winchester, will have a Christmas cantata, “A Child Is Born,” at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday.

A covered dish Christmas dinner will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, followed by the children’s program, “Christmas Hangups.”


Christmas Eve services will be held at 2, 7 and 11 p.m.



Marvin Chapel

Marvin Chapel Church members will Christmas carol from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday on a hayride around the town of Berryville.


Christ Church

Christmas at Christ Church, 809 Bishop Meade Road, Millwood, will include Holy Communion with carols and children’s sermon at 5 p.m. Dec. 24; Christmas carol sing-a-long at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 24; candlelight communion service at 9 p.m Dec. 24; Holy Communion with carols and sermon at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 25; Christmas lessons and carols with special music by Madeline MacNeil at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 30.

Call 540-837-1112 or visit


Stephens City Mennonite

Stephens City Mennonite Church, Back Creek, will host a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 p.m. Dec. 24.

The Christmas story will be presented by children and adults with a carol sing. The service will conclude with a candle lighting. A fellowship time will follow in the church hall.




Mount Carmel Baptist

Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 1317 S. Pleasant Valley Road, Winchester, will have a at 10 p.m. Dec.31 watch night service.






Berryville Baptist

Berryville Baptist Church, 114 Academy St., will have a program by the sanctuary choir, the handbell choir, and the children’s chime choir at 11 a.m. Sunday.

A children’s Christmas program will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday with puppets and Christmas songs, and children will re-enact the nativity scene. Refreshments follow in the Fellowship Hall.


Visit, email or call 540-955-1423.



Shepherd of the Hills

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 p.m. Dec. 24 in the Hampton Inn’s Washington Room at 1204 Berryville Ave.









Advent Lutheran Church

A special visitor will come to Advent Lutheran Church, 1508 Valley Ave., Winchester, at 7 p.m. today.

The visitor is the innkeeper of Bethlehem where Mary and Joseph were looking for a room to prepare for the birth of Jesus.

Noel Vold, pastor, will portray the innkeeper. He does first person presentations of various Bible characters in costume as part of his ministry.

A reception will follow the presentation.











Gravel Springs Lutheran

Gravel Springs Lutheran Church, 1870 South Pifer Road, Star Tannery, will have a children’s Christmas program at 6 p.m. Dec 23. Light refreshments will follow.

A Christmas Eve candlelight service with Holy Communion will be held at 8 p.m. Dec. 24.


St. John’s Lutheran

St John’s Lutheran Church, 3623 Back Mountain Road, Winchester, will have “Mocha and a Message” at 6 p.m. Dec. 22 with contemporary gospel music along with coffee and light refreshments. A freewill offering will be taken.

A Christmas Eve Candlelight service and a children’s program with Holy Communion will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 24.






Mountain View UMC

Mountain View United Methodist Church, 148 Richard Lane, Star Tannery, will have a Christmas cantata and program at 4 p.m. Dec. 23 at the church. A covered-dish dinner will follow at the Back Creek Ruritan Building.



Child Evangelism Fellowship  and Valley Bible Church

A Good News Club, sponsored by Child Evangelism Fellowship and Valley Bible Church, meets from 3:30 to 5 p.m. the third Tuesday in the cafeteria of Middletown Elementary School.

Participants must bring a permission slip from a parent. For more information, call 540-667-5814 or visit and click on Good News Club.




Weekday Religious Education

Virginia Weekday Religious Education conducts weekly 30-minute Bible classes for fourth- and fifth-grade students of Frederick County.

Classes are held off school campus on the WRE bus. Parents can enroll students by calling 540-869-4270 or visit







Bible Study Fellowship

Bible Study Fellowship will host the 2012-13 study of Genesis.

Welcome classes will be held the first Tuesday of every month. Classes are also offered for students in grades 1-12. For more information, call Allison Smith at 540-247-1287.




Round Hill UMC

Round Hill United Methodist Church, U.S. 50 west of Winchester, is presenting Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. Call 540-877-2317 or visit


Greenwood UMC

Greenwood United Methodist Church offers “Disciple I: Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study” for 34 sessions at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at the church, 726 Greenwood Road, Winchester.

A study will also be held at 9 a.m. Saturdays.

The cost of the book is $35. Call 540-662-3050 for more information.



Religious events

Religious events are published Fridays. The information is due a week before the event. Email or or mail to Frances C. Lowe, life editor, The Winchester Star, 2 N. Kent St., Winchester, Va. 22601.