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 Forum offers speakers and discussions that help equip us to take our Sunday experience into our workday world. Sundays as announced, 10:30 a.m., various locations as announced. Contact: the clergy, 410- 461-7793

 

Adult Drop-in Bible Study

Adult Drop-in Bible Study meets each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in the Parish Life Center Library. Open to all, no preparation is necessary before class, and new attendees are always welcome.

Contact: Lowell Wilson, 410-461-7314

 

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. Anna C. Noon, 410-461-7793

 

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: Tom Goss, 410-461-5594 or Clare Brooks, 410-964-0005

 

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 will be a pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome -- In the Steps of Francis of Assisi-- from October 5 through 19; registration is through the brochures available at all welcome centers or by calling the parish office.

 

Special Offerings

Women's Retreat

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

 

 

 

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

FORGIVENESS: A Lenten Journey from Resentment and Shame into Love

Jesus calls us to forgive. But how? This Lenten series can help you explore what forgiveness is, what it isn’t, when it’s appropriate, and practical ways to release the resentments and shame that constrain your capacity to live more fully in love. While each session builds on the previous ones, you are welcome to participate in any or all. Five Wednesday evenings in Lent: March 8, 15, 22, 29, & April 5. Dinner at 6:00 p.m., followed by the program at 7:00 p.m., concluding with prayer at 8:15 p.m. Our speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Paula D. Barker, an Episcopal priest and seminary professor.

 

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