What's happening at local houses of worship.

Upcoming events at Christ Episcopal Church

Jan. 1 – 9 a.m. Morning Prayer

GED classes meet Monday and Wednesday evenings 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call Mike Coverdale at Polytech at 697-4545.

Choir rehearsals are on Wednesday nights 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. If you enjoy singing, please join us.

NA Meetings are held in Baker Hall, Thursday nights at 8 p.m. and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. are open meetings.

Services at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist

The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, located at 307 Federal St. in Milton, will hold Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and Eucharistic worship service at 10 a.m. followed by coffee hour.

Choir participation is every Sunday. Bible Study at 7 p.m. Mondays. Rev. John Barton officiates.

For more information, call 684-8431.

Freedom Worship Center Revival

On Jan. 2 through 4 the Freedom Worship Center will be holding a “Revive in ‘09” Revival. Chaplain Randy Chambers will be the featured guest speaker, with special music performed each night. Service times will be: Jan. 2 and 3, 7 p.m. and Jan. 4, 10:30 a.m. For more information, call Pastor Mike at 841-7929. 

Upcoming events at the Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware

The Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware, a welcoming congregation, meets at 10 a.m. Sundays at 33739 Marsh Road in Lewes off Wescoats Road next to Toddy’s. On Sunday, Jan. 4, Reverend D. Michael Smith presents the sermon entitled, “Platitudes from the Platypus”. Reverend Smith talks about the simple things we can draw from the complexities of our lives. Visitors are always welcome and invited to join in refreshments and conversation after the service. For details, call the UUSD church office at 645-6334, mail 33739 Marsh Road #2, Lewes, DE 19958 or visit our website at www.uussd.org. Learn more about Unitarian Universalism at www.uua.org.

UUSD First Friday Films and Potluck dinner

On Friday Jan. 2, at 6:30 p.m. “Breaking the Waves”, 1996, Rated R, Running time 153 minutes. Rev. Marjorie Bowens-Wheatly describes the central theme of the film as goodness. Feminist scholar Irena Makarushka reported that writer/director Von Trier states explicitly that in writing and producing the film he “tried to represent the complex nature of goodness.” Thus emerges the film’s foundational theological questions. Who determines what goodness is - the individual or communities - and on what basis? What are the consequences of this choice? And does the choice enhance and affirm life or diminish and oppress the human soul? The First Friday Films is a UU series “Film as Theological Text”.

A thematic time-limited program with a structured discussion of ethical, spiritual, and religious themes in film. This year, we will begin with the theme of “Woman in Community”. Women living in and against culture. Religious liberals are beginning to move from the assumption that individuals are self-sufficient to a realization that the self is not fully developed until it understands its existence in relation to others, relational theology. This is the context that holds this series together. All of the films selected for this series ask viewers to examine what it means to live in relationship, in community with others and what responsibilities we have to each other and to ourselves.  UUSD is located at 33739 Marsh Road #2 Lewes, DE 19958. Your admission is to bring a dish to share! For details, call the UUSD church office at 645-6334; or visit www.uussd.org. Learn more about Unitarian Universalism at www.uua.org.

Spaghetti Dinner at Friendship UMC

On Saturday, Jan. 3, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friendship UMC in Millsboro, where the Pastor is Rev. George W. Fisher, Sr. will be hosting a homemade spaghetti dinner. Platters are $7 and include salad and hot buttered bread. Come ring in the New Year with great food, fun and fellowship! For directions call 945-0516.

Unitarian Universalists of Central Delaware

The Unitarian Universalists of Central Delaware invite everyone to worship with them Sunday, Jan. 4 when Shelley Page, Intern Minister, delivers her sermon titled, “All Are Called”. What are you called to do in this one wild and precious life? Let’s start off the New Year contemplating what gives meaning to our lives and what calls to us most deeply. 

The Unitarian Universalists of Central Delaware meet every Sunday at 11 a.m. at Congregation Beth Sholom, 340 North Queen Street, Dover. Child care and Children’s Religious Education are provided.  For more information please contact them at 233-7754 or visit uucd.org.

Africa University Choir in Concert

The Africa University Choir will be in concert at Avenue United Methodist Church on Monday Jan. 5 at 7 p.m.  Africa University enrolls 1,300 students from 23 countries. The choir members are some of the most dynamic young men and women you will ever meet. You are invited to enjoy this rare opportunity to experience the vocal and musical talents of this excellent choir. For more information, please call 422-8111, e-mail avechurchoffice@verizon.net, or visit www.avenue-umc.org