Danville church calendar for Saturday, Nov. 5

From a tour of the holy city of Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque to pilgrimages to the Western Wall and Kaaba at Mecca, worshipers and visitors around the world are able to join virtual reality spiritual trips to some of Earth’s most sacred sites. Religious VR explorations are among the many evolving spaces in the immersive virtual world known as the metaverse. “We believe that virtual reality is the new Internet, the new way for people not to watch things passively on the screen, but to actually teleport themselves and can go and travel and explore,” said Nimrod Shanit, producer and director of The Holy City virtual reality experience. In 2015 Shanit began constructing The Holy City, an immersive virtual reality experience that allows people to visit Jerusalem’s holiest sites. Through the metaverse virtual pilgrims can now follow Orthodox clerics as they emerge from the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Holy Fire ceremony, they can tuck a prayer note into a crack of the Western Wall, or follow the steps of thousands of worshipers during Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Similarly in 2015, Ehab Fares, chief executive of the digital agency BSocial, began creating a virtual experience that would allow VR visitors to pilgrimage to and explore some of Islam’s most sacred sites including Mecca. He called it Experience Makkah. The latest version can be explored through Google Cardboard, a low-cost cardboard attachment that turns smartphones into virtual reality viewers.

E-mail special events to [email protected] The deadline is noon Wednesday.


Union Hall Baptist Church Food & Clothing Ministry, 6861 Strawberry Road, Chatham, will have a food and clothing giveaway from 9 am to noon today. For more information, call 434-724-4354 or 434-250-8964.


New Ephesus Missionary Baptist Church, 375 Ephesus Church Road in Semora, North Carolina, will celebrate the 14th pastoral anniversary of Bishop Gerald Franklin at 2 pm Sunday with Bishop Wallace Pierce of Abiding Branch Christian Ministries in Halifax preaching. Everyone choosing to worship inside the church must wear a face mask and adhere to other COVID-19 health safety precautions. Attendees also may choose to listen to the service from the church parking lot by turning radio to FM 107.3 or at any location you can dial our teleconference line at 978-990-5000, access code 197724 or use Facebook Live.

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Shockoe Missionary Baptist Church, 857 Java Road, Java, has resumed its monthly Wellness Walking Ministry from 9:30 to 10:30 am, meeting every fourth Saturday. All ages are welcome to participate. The Health and Wellness Ministry will meet at 9 am before each walking session. For information, contact Kathy B. Ramsey at 434-251-0379 or [email protected]


Ascension Lutheran Church, 314 West Main St., worships Sundays at 11 am in the sanctuary and live on Facebook at www.facebook/ascensionlutherandanville.

Mount Vernon United Methodist Church offers in-person services at 10 am each Sunday as well as online worship services every Sunday at mtvernonumc.org or www.facebook.com/MountVernonUMC.


Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1172 Franklin Turnpike, will have in-house worship services on Sundays at 11 am Masking requested if not immunized. Social distancing except for family members. Free books available anytime in outdoor library located on a post next to the driveway.

Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, 406 Gay St., has in-person services at 10 am for hour of power on the first and third Sundays.

North New Hope Baptist Church, 123 Old Piney Forest Road, has resumed in church worship services at 11 am and Sunday school at 9:30 pm

Mount Sinai Glorious Church of God, 716 Jefferson St., will hold services in the sanctuary with Sunday school at 10 am and morning worship at 10:30 am Participants are asked to wear a mask and to practice social distancing. The service will also be streamed on Facebook.

Mount Freeman Baptist Church, 2100 Laniers Mill Road, hosts in-person service at 11 am Sunday. There will be no Sunday school.


Sacred Heart Catholic Church will livestream worship service at 9 am Sundays in English and noon in Spanish at www.facebook.com/sheartchurch.


Staunton River Baptist Church, Long Island, will hold drive-in services at 10 am each Sunday.


Sacred Heart Catholic Church celebrates Mass every weekend with a vigil Mass at 5 pm Saturday and at 9 pm Sunday in English and noon in Spanish.

Watson Level Missionary Baptist Church holds Sunday worship services each week at 11 am Because of COVID-19, a face mask is required for all attendees and social distancing is mandatory.

Calvary Church of the Nazarene, 2450 Franklin Turnpike, from 6 to 7 pm every Sunday, will hold Ladies Need Encouragement, an hour of worship and prayer. Participants are asked to bring a Bible and practice social distancing. The event is for ages 10 and up with adult supervision. For more information, call 540-907-8836.

Mount Zion Temple, now located at 503 Hughes St., presents The Word Homelitic Institute at 10 am every Sunday. Transportation is provided by calling Bishop David K. Fuller at 434-429-8960.

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