Religion Notes

Washington Post
April 2, 2009

Cheltenham United Methodist Church will host an Easter egg hunt for children 3 to 12 at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. A light lunch will be served. Children are asked to bring a basket or other container. The hunt areas are divided according to age, and prizes will be given to those who find special eggs in each area. 11111 Crain Hwy., Cheltenham. Free. 301-782-4249.

Voice of the Faithful of Greater Bowie is sponsoring a prayer service to show support for survivors of sexual abuse. The group was founded in response to publicity in 2002 about the sexual abuse crisis in the Roman Catholic church. The Christian service is open to survivors of sexual abuse and supporters.

The theme is "Finding God after Betrayal" and will include speakers, survivor discussions, prayers, music and time for reflection. It is an opportunity for survivors to experience spirituality in a safe and welcoming environment. The free event will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the outdoor pavilion of the American Legion Hall, 9605 Old Laurel Bowie Rd., Bowie. 301-262-6517.

Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church will present award-winning songwriter Joe Jencks, who will sing and play guitar during a service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. John T. Crestwell Jr. will speak on "Waiting for a Savior." 7400 Temple Hill Road, Camp Springs. Free. or 301-449-4308.

First Baptist Church of College Park's M.A. Covington Scholarship Committee will celebrate 25 years of ministry at 3 p.m. Sunday. The program will feature music, dance, Christian comedy and more, performed by scholarship recipients. 5018 Lakeland Rd., College Park. 301-474-3995

Southern Friendship Missionary Baptist Church will host its annual Easter drama, "The Last Days of Christ," at 7 p.m. April 10. 4444 Branch Ave., Temple Hills. Free. 301-702-0100.

Christian Outreach International Center of Deliverance will host a symposium, "Sisters Strengthening Sisters," at 9 a.m. Saturday. 3709 Hamilton St., Hyattsville. Free. 301-927-1684.

Eastern Community Church will host its annual Easter worship service at 10 a.m. April 12. It will include a live dramatization of the Resurrection. 8213 Manson St., Landover. Free. 301-322-9787.

Christ Episcopal Church will host the following services:

-- 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Tenebrae

-- 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, Maundy Thursday

-- noon-3 p.m. April 10, Good Friday

-- 6 a.m. April 12, outdoor sunrise

-- 9:15 a.m. April 12, Easter

The church will host a healing service and Bible study on Wednesdays beginning April 22, excluding April 29. The church also will host the following community events at 8710 Old Branch Ave., Clinton. For information, call 301-868-1330:

-- 1 p.m. April 18. CPR and first aid certification training, $47 per student for four-to-five hours. Reserve by April 11 by calling Gail Russell at 301-449-5335.

-- 2 p.m. May 3. A demonstration of Pampered Chef products, including a demonstration of kitchen supplies and gourmet goodies. For information, call Connie Russell at 301-449-5758.

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church will host its 11th annual community Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. April 11 at 4512 College Ave. in College Park. Participants are asked to bring baskets. For information about the free event, call 301-864-8880.

Trinity Episcopal Church is sponsoring a series of fish fries from 4 to 7 p.m. tomorrow. The menu will include fried whiting, green beans, coleslaw, bread, a beverage and dessert. 14515 Church St., Upper Marlboro. $10; seniors, $7-$9; 12 and younger, $5. 301-627-2636.

Christ Episcopal Church will host a Lenten exploration of faith using the five senses from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, including a light supper. 8710 Old Branch Ave., Clinton. Free. 301-449-5335.

Glenn Dale United Methodist Church will host its final Lenten Soup and Devotion luncheon, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday. The luncheon will include homemade soup and dessert, singing, praying and devotions. This Sunday, Palm Sunday, a parade of the palms, starting at 10:10 a.m., will go from Perkins Chapel (8606 Springfield Rd.) to Glenn Dale United Methodist Church. A worship service and cantata, "Glory to the King," will follow at 10:30 a.m. Next Thursday, Holy Thursday, the church will host an Easter program, "Beyond the Cross," with Holy Communion and an agape meal of bread, fruit and cheese at 6:30 p.m. On Good Friday, April 10, the church will host a prayer vigil from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

An Easter sunrise service will be held at 6:30 a.m. April 12 on the Perkins Chapel lawn. An Easter worship service will be held at 10:30 a.m., and a children's egg hunt will be held in the church yard at noon. Springfield and Good Luck roads, Glenn Dale. Free. 301-262-2299.

Largo Community Church, 1701 Enterprise Rd. in Mitchellville, is hosting the following events. To register online, visit

-- "Loving Well," a women's fellowship spring retreat, will feature author and teacher Beth Moore by video. The retreat will be held April 24-25 at the church. Registration is $50. Contact Linda Qualls at 301-459-5638 for information.

-- "Iron Sharpens Iron," a men's conference, will be held at the church from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturday. For details, call Dwayne Hooper at 301-249-2255 or Morris Lewis at 301-390-9838.

-- Spring Break Day Camp will be held at the church from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 6-10 for children in grades 3 through 8. Registration is $75 per child. Aftercare is offered from 4 to 6 p.m. for an additional $60. Call 301-249-2255 for information.

-- Compiled by AKEYA DICKSON

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