Religious events

Posted: March 15, 2013

Downtown Palm Sunday service

The annual Palm Sunday community gathering and blessing of the palms at the Old Court House Civil War Museum, sponsored by the downtown churches in Winchester, will not be held this year due to construction on the mall.

Calvary Church of the Brethren

Calvary Church of the Brethren will present “At the Ninth Hour,” a theatrical-musical presentation of the last week of Christ’s life on earth, at 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday March 28 and Good Friday March 29 at the church, 578 Front Royal Pike

Care is available for infants up to four years old.

Our Savior Lutheran

Holy Week & Easter Services

Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2800 Millwood Pike, Winchester, will hold the following Holy Week and Easter Services:

March 24 — Palm Sunday service with communion at 9 a.m.

March 28th — Maundy Thursday service with communion at 7 p.m.

March 29 — Good Friday service at 7p.m.

March 31 — Easter morning service with communion at 9 a.m.

Call 540-667-1459.

New Life Christian

New Life Christian Church, 2930 Middle Road, Winchester, will have a service of worship at 7 p.m. Good Friday March 29.

Easter Sunday March 31 services are at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m.


Baha’i New Year will be celebrated by the Baha’is of Frederick County March 23, at the Godfrey Miller Home & Fellowship Center, 28 S. Loudoun St.. Winchester.


Greenwood Baptist

Greenwood Baptist Church, 779 Greenwood Road, Winchester, will hold sunrise services at 6:30 a.m. Easter Sunday March 31, rain or shine.

Grace UMC

Grace United Methodist Church, 7882 Main Street, Middletown, will have Palm Passion Sunday service March 24, Maundy Thursday at 7 p.m. March 28, a worship service with Holy Communion, Good Friday service at 7 p.m. March 29, and Easter Sunday 7 a.m. Sunrise service at Middletown Park (weather permitting) followed by light refreshments at the church; 10 a.m. regular service with an Easter cantata. No Sunday school will be held.

Mt. Zion Baptist

Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Boyce , will have its annual Usher Day March 24. The guest preacher at 3 p.m. will be Elder Sanford Silver with his congregation from New Hope Baptist Church.

Lunch will be served following the service.

Stephens City UMC

On Palm Sunday, March 24, at Stephens City United Methodist Church, the Youth Singers, Youth Bells and Chancel Choir will lead the 8:30 and 11 a.m. worship services, including palms to celebrate Christ’s entry into Jerusalem.

On Easter Sunday, March 31, music preludes begin at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m., led by the congregation, Primary Praise Choir, Wesley Singers, Youth Singers, Chancel Choir, Stephens City Ringers, Symphony of the Valley, Brass ensemble, and Percussion.

Saint Paul AME

Senior Usher Ministry of Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, 428 N. Loudoun St., Winchester, will celebrate its Usher Day Anniversary at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Guests will be the Rev. Michael V. Norris and choir and congregation of Destiny Baptist Church, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Fairview UMC

Fairview United Methodist Church, Double Church Road, Stephens City, will have its annual crosswalk at 7 p.m. March 24.

The group Divine Intervention will lead the program on “Were You There?” Call 540-323-1404.

Relief UMC

Relief United Methodist Church, 5275 Middle Road, Winchester, will have Maundy Thursday Service with communion at 7 p.m. March 28, children’s Good Friday activities from 1 to 3 p.m. March 29 for ages 3 to middle school, sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. March 31 at the church shelter, Easter breakfast at 7 a.m. March 31 with freewill donation with church school at 10 a.m. and Easter worship at 11 a.m.

Sunday worship at 8:45 and 11 a.m.

Zion Baptist

Zion Baptist Church 10 Josephine St., Berryville, will host Bishop Terence Sykes, pastor at Shekijah Preparation Assembly in Lynchburg, as the honored guest at 11 a.m. Sunday. A fellowship meal will follow.

At 3:30 p.m., the honored guests will be Bishop Sterling Porter, choir and congregation from Kingdom Life Cathedral Ministries, Charles Town, W.Va.

Wesley UMC

Wesley United Methodist Church, 527 Van Fossen St., Winchester, will have Palm Sunday worship at 8:45 and 11 a.m. March 24, Maundy Thursday worship at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. March 28, Good Friday worship at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and Easter

Hayfield Assembly of God

Hayfield Assembly of God, 5118 Northwestern Pike, Gore, will have a New Life for Youth event at 10 a.m. Sunday.

St. John’s Lutheran

St. John’s Lutheran Church, Back Mountain Road, Frederick County, will have Mocha and a Message at 6 p.m. Saturday in the social hall with 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.

Contact the Rev. Sonya Williams-Giersch at or 540-465-5980.

Shiloh Baptist

Shiloh Baptist Church, Winchester, SWIM Team (Shiloh Women in Ministry) will have its second women’s conference at 9 a.m. March 30.

The theme will be “Yes You Can.” Registration fee is $25. Contact Paula Johnson at 540-636-1849 or Dorothy Natt at 540-671-3835.

Hites Chapel

Hites Chapel United Methodist Church, 150 Chapel Road, Middletown, will have a Lenten Bible study for the next few weeks on “Change the World: Recovering the Message and Mission of Jesus.”

Hebron Baptist

Hebron Baptist Church, Gore, will have Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m. March 31 and an Easter cantata at 11 a.m. March 31. An egg hunt is set at 2 p.m. March 30.

Contact Jim Simmons, pastor, at 540-532-2004.

Advent Lutheran

Advent Lutheran will hold Lenten Bible studies at 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Willows, 1881 Harvest Drive, Winchester. The sessions are open to the public.

Good Friday service will take place at 7 p.m. March 29 and Easter service at 9:30 a.m. March 31 at Advent Lutheran, 1508 Valley Ave., Winchester. Call 540-678-8748.

Victory Church

Victory Church, Middle Road, Winchester, will host Christian recording artist Janet Paschal at 7 p.m. today. It is free and open to the public.

Stephens City Mennonite

Stephens City Mennonite Church, 5542 Valley Pike, continues its Conflict Resolution Training series at 7 p.m. Wednesday with the sixth session on “Look to the future, then learn from the past.”

Contact 540-869-5037 or

Greenwood UMC

Greenwood United Methodist Church, 726 Greenwood Road, Winchester, Greenwood UMC continues its series for Lent, “The Great I Am.”

During Lent, Greenwood is open from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays for prayer. Call 540-662-3050.

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.

Grace Episcopal

Grace Episcopal Church in Berryville will have a service of noon day office at noon each Wednesday during Lent with guest clergy from area churches.

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

A seder dinner will be held at 6 p.m. March 28. at St. Mary’s. Good Friday service will be held at noon March 29 at Berryville Presbyterian.

Easter service will be held at 8 a.m. March 31 at Grace Church, at 9 a.m. at St. Mary’s with brunch to follow, and at 11 a.m. at Grace Church with egg hunt to follow.

Mt. Carmel Baptist

Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, 1317 S. Pleasant Valley Road, Winchester, will have contemporary music by the Praise Team and the Unity Choir will present an Easter cantata at 10 a.m. Sunday.

The church will host an Easter play “Echoes of His Love,” at 7 p.m. Good Friday, March 29, and at 10 a.m. Easter Sunday, March 31.

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 valleybibleconnections.organd click on Good News Club.

John Mann UMC

John Mann United Methodist Church, 119 E. Cork St., 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.

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.

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.