Religious events

Posted: February 8, 2013

Salem Church of Brethren

The Salem Church of the Brethren, Salem Church Road, Stephens City, will have a valentine hymn sing and soup and sandwich carry-in at noon Sunday.

Hites Chapel UMC

Hites Chapel United Methodist Church, 150 Chapel Road, Middletown,

will have Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Gainesboro UMC

Gainesboro United Methodist Church will have free Shrove Tuesday pancake dinner from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call Angy Cessna at 540-667-7083.

Stephens City UMC

The imposition of ashes will be offered at Stephens City United Methodist Church, 5291 Main St., at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the sanctuary.

The Rev. Jeff Butcher will preach on “Forgiven Before We Ask and Before We Die.”

Each Sunday during Lent, there will be a chancel drama with a wreath in the shape of a crown of thorns with six purple candles and one white candle. A candle will be extinguished each week to signify drawing closer to the day of the crucifixion.

Call 869-2348 or visit

Opequon Presbyterian

Opequon Presbyterian Church’s annual Ash Wednesday service begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the sanctuary. Evening worship will introduce the Lenten theme, “Holy Habits.”

The sanctuary choir and LOGOS worship groups will provide music and share a black-light drama. Ashes will be offered on the forehead or the hand. or call 540-662-1843.

Calvary Baptist

“Wide Angle: Framing Your Worldview,” a Bible study created by Christian leaders Rick Warren and the late Chuck Colson, is being offered at Calvary Baptist Church, Amherst Street, Winchester at 6 p.m. Wednesdays.

Visit or call 540-667-2323.

St. Luke Baptist

St. Luke Baptist Church, 17 Liberty St., Berryville, will have a Black History Month program at 3 p.m. Sunday given by the youth department.

The program will feature singing, readings and spiritual dancing.

Call 540-955-1883.

Old Bethel UMC

Old Bethel United Methodist Church, 560 Old Bethel Church Road, Winchester, is hosting a valentine-making children’s party for ages 2-12 at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Sunday School west wing.

An Ash Wednesday service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Call 540-662-5931.

Stephens City Mennonite

Stephens City Mennonite Church will host an evening for women at 7 p.m. today in the parsonage next door to the church at 5542 Valley Pike, Stephens City.

The theme will be caring for self and others — recognizing and managing stress and setting appropriate boundaries.

The church continues it Conflict Resolution Training series with session three, “Clarifying Perceptions,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 13. Contact 540-869-5037 or

Centenary Reformed

The Centenary Reformed Church of Christ, 204 S. Cameron St., will have an Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Barbara Rhodes will conduct the service.

First Baptist

First Baptist Church, corner of Washington and Piccadilly streets in Winchester, will have Ash Wednesday service of confession and repentance at noon Wednesday. Call 540-662-5367.

Greenwood UMC

Greenwood United Methodist Church will have a traditional Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

During Lent, the church will explore “I Am” statements made by Jesus in the Gospel of John and learn why they are important today.

The series will begin at the 11 a.m. worship service Feb. 17. and repeated at the table service at 5 p.m.

St. John’s Lutheran

Ash Wednesday worship service with Holy Communion and imposition of ashes will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 3623 Back Mountain Road, Winchester.

The church will have “Mocha and a Message” at 6 p.m. Feb. 16 in the social hall.

The evening will include contemporary gospel music along with coffee, other beverages and light refreshments.

There is no charge, but a freewill offering will be collected to benefit community outreach.

Grace Episcopal

Grace Episcopal Church in Berryville will have Shrove Tuesday pancake supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the parish hall. Freewill offering taken.

Ash Wednesday service will take place at noon Wednesday.

A service of noon day office will be held at noon each Wednesday during Lent, beginning Feb. 20, with guest clergy from area churches.

Lenten lunches will follow in the parish hall. Donations accepted.

St. Mary’s

St. Mary’s Church in Berryville will have Ash Wednesday service at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

First UMC

First United Methodist Church, 308 N. Braddock St., Winchester, Sunday school class on current events will host Mike Neese, Winchester Refuse and Recycling coordinator, this Sunday.

He will discuss global warming and other earth issues.

Mount Carmel Baptist

The Rev. Gilbert Mack will preach from the series, “Living Your Faith Out Loud” from Hebrews 11:23-29, with contemporary music by the Praise Team and Youth Choir at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 1317 S. Pleasant Valley Road, Winchester.

Wesley UMC

A new Alpha group will meet together with the former Alpha groups at Wesley United Methodist Church at 6 p.m. Thursday for dinner and discussion “Is There More to Life Than This?” (DVD) by Nicky Gumbel of London, England.

Session 1, “Who Is Jesus” will follow Feb. 14, beginning at 7 p.m., with the talk, dessert and coffee, and small groups.

Sessions will continue through May 2.

Contact 540-667-7577 or

John Mann UMC

John Mann United Methodist Church, 119 E. Cork St., Winchester, will have a Black History Month service at 3 p.m. Feb. 17 with music and speaker, the Rev. Charles Harris. Call 540-247-8225.

The church is co-sponsoring a trip to “Noah, The Musical” April 20 at Sight and Sound Millennium Theater.

Cost is $156 for adults, $119 for youth (13-18), and $109 for children (3-12).

Included in cost is box lunch, show ticket and dinner at Hershey Farms Restaurant after the show.

For reservations and information, call Pat at 540-771-4902 or Margaret at 540-667-5450.

St. John’s Lutheran

St. John’s Lutheran Church will have “Mocha and a Message” at 6 p.m. Feb. 16 in the social hall.

This program includes upbeat contemporary gospel music along with coffee (and other beverages) and light refreshments.

There is no charge, but a freewill offering will be collected to benefit community outreach.

First Baptist

First Baptist Church, 141 N. Washington St., Winchester, will have its 85th anniversary celebration and covered dish luncheon Feb. 24.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Curtis Freeman of Duke Divinity School in Durham, N.C. He is a research professor of theology and the director of the Baptist House of Studies.

A luncheon will follow the service.

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 2013 study of Genesis.

Welcome class is 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.

Holy Family Orthodox

The Rev. Richard O’Connell Reed and Matushka Carol are establishing the Holy Family Orthodox Church in the Northern Shenandoah Valley around Woodstock.

The parish is part of the Russian Orthodox Church. Sunday liturgy is at 10 a.m., and the rite is St. Gregory (Western Rite).

For more information, visit

Winchester Seventh-day Adventist

“His Helping Hands,” sponsored by the Winchester Seventh-day Adventist Church, meets from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays at 156 Lambden Ave.

The mission is to give back to the community by knitting, crocheting or sewing items to be donated to patients in hospitals and nursing homes.

A light lunch will be served. It is open to the public. Call 540-722-4272.


Subud, an international spiritual movement, meets twice a week for 30 minutes.

Call Emmanuel Kennedy of Berryville at 540-550-1767 for the location and details. Visit

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.