At St. John’s, we are life-long learners. Our programs seek to facilitate individuals from age 18 to age 108 in their efforts to learn more about the Bible, about the intersection of our faith and our lives, and about our call to do work in the world. We offer a wide range of diversity in our Sunday School Ministry classes. Some of our classes us the Formations Curriculum published by Smyth & Helwys, while others focus their learning using book studies or topics from current events to approach the Bible and their faith. Here are some of the many programs we offer to facilitate adult learning:
Sunday School Ministry (beginning at 9:15 am)
Adult Sunday School – We offer numerous Sunday School classes for adults. Some of these classes focus on Bible study while others study books related to our faith.
Adventure Class: Young Adults and Couples-Bible Study and Topics-Rm 102
Cheers Class: 30-Somethings–Bible Study and Topics–Rm. 209
Beacon Class: Men’s Class with focus on Bible Study–Formations Curriculum-Rm. 226
Didymus Class: Couple’s/Co-Ed Class–Formations and Theme-based Curriculum–Rm. 22
Encouragers Class: Co-Ed–Formations–Rm. 106
Farside Class: Couples/Co-Ed-Book Studies, Bible studies, Theme-based Curriculum-Rm. 105
Friendship/Durden/Unity Class: Co-Ed Class–Formations-Rm. 104
Joy Class: Women’s Class–Formations-Rm. 220
McLeod/Brown Class–Couples/ Co-Ed-Book Studies, Bible studies, Theme-based Curriculum-Rm. 114
Pathfinders Class–Couples/Co-Ed-Formations, Book Studies, Bible Studies, Theme-based-Rm. 103
Seekers Class: Couples/Co-ed-Bible study, Bible history, Ethics/Theme-based-Rm. 222
Senior Adult Co-Ed: Couples/Co-ed–Formations-Rm. 208
Holy Grounds – This class is open to anyone, every week and offers lively discussion on issues of faith and its interaction with relevant social issues. This fall’s series begins with a study on The Parables of Jesus. We’ll address parables as Jesus uses them to teach about the Kingdom of God, about issues of power, and about a radical vision of God’s love for us. Holy Grounds meets in the former Prayer Room across from the Chapel.
We offer small group Bible studies, using the Bible Workbench materials, which approach lectionary texts using multiple parallel readings for discussion, along with commentary and questions. Our current ongoing group is the Riverside group, which meets monthly. Contact Martha Kearse ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) for information about this group or to start your own Bible study.
Other Study Offerings
Book Study–Sponsored by the Women of the Church this group meets weekly, on Mondays at 12pm in Room 209. Together, they do 6-8 week book studies. Recently they have read Barbara Brown Taylor’s Learning to Walk in the Dark and the Companions in Christ book study, The Way of Blessedness.
Adult Bible Studies – We use the Bible Workbench to aid our discussion of our lives and our spiritual growth. Bible Workbench follows the Revised Common Lectionary and offers additional readings to give opportunities for pariticpants to apply scripture to their own lives.
Book Club – Book Club that meets every second Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the church library. We would love to have you join us! Childcare arrangements can also be made.