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St. Peter's In The Woods
5911 Fairview Woods Dr, Fairfax Station, VA 22039

There are a number of grand or historic churches in Fairfax Station's church district; this Episcopalian house ofMore worship, just over a dozen years old, is among the most modest. 

Unlike most of the churches which line Ox Road, the aptly-named St. Peter's sits back off the major thoroughfare, has minimal signage and is even somewhat difficult to find. 

St. Peter's was founded as a  mission church by Church of the Good Shepherd, a church based in nearby Burke, Virginia, in 1988. According to a brief written history offered by the church, "Services began in 1988 in Bonnie Brae Elementary School, which remained our place of worship until we moved into our current church building in Fairfax Station in January 1998."      

Members of the church hope to move beyond St. Peter's "Missionary church" status soon.

The church has a professional staff of five (including the vicar, the Rev. DeDe Duncan-Probe, as will as a parish administrator, a music director, an organist, a coordinator of children's ministries and a nursery supervisor). Joe Rouge, Steve Wharton and Alan Weaver are the church's lay leaders.

The church provides a "traditional worship service with no music," which starts at 8am on Sundays, as well as a "contemporary worship experience with music," which begins at 10:15 am.

Duncan-Probe is an engaging speaker with a strong sense of good humor. Her sermons may be heard at http://www.spiw.org/

St. Peter's also offers a few benches inside a small grove of trees, an area which is well-suited to reflection and prayer. 

Sushi Jin Japanese Restaurant
5624 Ox Rd, Fairfax Station, VA 22039
Opened in January 2009, SushiJin Japanese Restaurant is a source of sensory delight to visitors. A trayMore in the foyer offers visual menu temptations, and the hand-written board above it provides customers more detail. Manager Steve Jung claims that the specials are the source of pride among the restaurant's "highly professional chefs" and staff. While Jung states that the restaurant is "Sushi-specific," he is also proud of its udon noodle soups and other hot dishes, including chicken teriyaki, bulgogi beef, seafood tempura and spicy snapper served with mussels in a cream sauce. SushiJin also offers "Sushi Boats" - platters of nigiri and sashimi that include as few as four dozen to as many as 100 pieces and range in price from 57 to 100 dollars. Tucked inside Fairfax Station Square, SushiJin draws customers in with its serene interior: pale wood floors are set off by darker wood tables and chairs; several seating areas are screened by bamboo, providing an intimate environment for diners; opalescent chandeliers over the sushi bar add a sense of whimsy; a jade green architectural installation anchors the space and is reason in itself to visit.