Adult Faith Formation is rooted in the Episcopal tradition exploring scripture, tradition, and reason. For those who come to this congregation from other traditions, fear not. St. John’s has many people who come from backgrounds other than the Episcopal Church. So, whether you are a “cradle Episcopalian" or a former member of another denomination, or no denomination at all, we are confident you will feel welcome in any of our classes.

 

Sunday Classes 

Becoming Episcopalian

“Being Episcopalian” is a six week class for anyone interested in exploring Christian Faith or joining the Episcopal Church. Topics covered include Bible and Scripture Reading, Building a Daily Prayer Practice, Church Structure, and Living the Christian Faith through the lens of the Episcopal Church. Newcomers are invited to move more deeply into relationship with Christ by taking this course, and it serves as preparation for adults and youth ages 16 and up wishing to be baptized, confirmed, or received into the Episcopal Church. Contact: the clergy, 410-461-7793

 

Adult Forum

Adult Forums offer topical and seasonal discussions that help equip us to take our Sunday experience into our workday world. Forum offerings are designed to address a wide range of topics relevant to faithful daily living and carrying God’s message of reconciliation to the world around us. Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in the All Saints Hall. Contact: The Rev. Ann M. Ritonia

 

 

Weekday/Weeknight Classes

Women’s Bible Study

Course study is determined by the class but is scripturally focused, with an emphasis upon women’s experiences within scripture, in spiritual women of the past & present, and in our lives today. Meets Thursdays 9:45 a.m. in the Parish Life Center Conference Room.

Contact: , The Rev. Ann M. Ritonia 410-461-7793

Men’s Bible Study

The group meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month in the Parish Life Center Conference Room on the lower level of the Parish Life Center.  

Contact: Glenn Springstead

 

 

EfM

EfM continues to draw students who desire a more in-depth study of Scripture and theology. The four-year program focuses on preparation and sustenance for lay ministry. Again this year we are pleased to offer both daytime and evening courses: Mondays at 10:00 a.m.; Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m.

Contacts: The Rev. Ann M. Ritonia, 410-461-7793 or Sharon Weston-Dawkes, 410-428-3943

 

Adult Pilgrimages

The St. John’s 2012 Strategic plan noted a call for opportunities for adult pilgrimages. St. John's hosted a 2013 pilgrimage to India, with special attention towards our work in Odisha with the Diocese of Cuttack. In October of 2016, there was a pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome.  In 2018 join Rev. Anna and Tracy Radosevic, professional Biblical storyteller, for an unforgettable journey to the Holy Land beginning Jan. 4, 2018. Many Orthodox traditions celebrate Christmas on Jan. 6, and our travels will find us in Bethlehem that day. Contact: The Rev. Ann M. Ritonia

 

Special Offerings

Women's Retreat

St. John's offers a women's retreat each Spring.  In 2016, the theme was Celtic Spirituality.  In 2017, the theme was Forgiveness. 

 

Men's Retreat

This year the Men’s Retreat will be Friday-Sunday, November 9-11 at the Christiane Center of the Bishop Claggett Center in Buckeystown, MD. The facilitator will be the Rev. Dr. Christopher Dreisbach, Assisting Priest at St. Pauls Baltimore, clinical psychologist and priest.  For information, e-mail George Maestri or call 410-381-4388. 

 

St. John's Institute

St. John’s Institute emerged from the former Lay School of Theology, and is a program of theological presentations offered annually. On September 26, please join us as we begin a study of Night Call by Dr. Robert Wicks. We are pleased to announce that Dr. Wicks will join us for the evening to introduce his latest book Night Call: Embracing Compassion and Hope in a Troubled World. Please look for updates and details about this wonderful opportunity for our parish and community.  On February 23, 2019, St. John's welcomes Dr. James Buckley as a guest speaker of the John Rabb Lectures in Contemporary Theology. A fund has been established to support future speakers for the Institute.  The request for contributions continues.  To learn more about the program, please contact: Sally Goss.

 

 

 

Seasonal Classes

 

"Being Episcopalian"

“Being Episcopalian” is a six week class typically held in the fall/winter for anyone interested in exploring the Christian faith or joining the Episcopal Church. Topics covered include Bible and Scripture Reading, Building a Daily Prayer Practice, Church Structure, and Living the Christian Faith through the lens of the Episcopal Church.

 

Lenten Series

Each year St. John's Lenten Series meets on Wednesday evenings during Lent, and is designed to enhance and enrich your own Lenten journey leading up to Easter. Sessions begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium. Watch the Godsibb, Blessings E-News and the weekly announcements in early 2018 for more information. Contact: The Rev. Anna C. Noon 

 

Baptism Class

Baptism Class prepares parents and adults for initiation into Christian community. Baptism is celebrated several times during the year as part of our worship; a rehearsal is held the Saturday before. Contact: the parish offices at, 410-461-7793, ext. 113