ADULT FAITH FORMATION
Rev. Stephen Hagerty
Associate Rector for Discipleship
Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of the bread, and in the prayers?— The Book of Common Prayer, p 304
St. John's Adult Faith Formation program offers many pathways to spiritual growth. Through focused study and reflection, we build the foundation needed to apply both scripture, reason, and tradition to our faith today. 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. Spiritual Formation is about the whole person--body and mind--with the goal of seeking and serving Christ. For some, this is done through study, and others through service; whatever the path you take, St. John's can assist. Spiritual Formation is more than knowing about or even knowing God — it is about being known by God. We welcome you here at St. John's to be met by God, who already knows you and loves you!
Lectionary Bible Study: Sundays, 9:00-10:00 a.m., Zoom
Join Bruno Reich for a Bible Study based on the readings you will hear in church. Deepen your spiritual connection by understanding and discussing the background and meaning behind these readings. Email LectionaryBibleStudy@stjohnsec.org to get the Zoom connection and to receive Bible study notes.
Thursday Night Bible Study: 6:15-7:30 p.m., Zoom
Current series: "Understanding the Divine: What John can teach us!" focuses on the Gospel of John using a translation of the gospel by N.T. Wright (a PDF of the translation will be provided). You are invited to join in one or all discussions as your schedule allows. Contact Rev. Stephen at firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom log-in (or call-in) information.
Women's Bible Study
Be part of study and prayer in community with women from across the generations. Contact, Jane Sims at WomensBibleStudy@stjohnsec.org.
Small Groups, Various Times, Zoom
At St. John's we strive to be a church of small groups rather than a church with small groups. These are gatherings of no more than 8 people,
typically meeting every week for 60 minutes. Given all that is happening in the wider world, these groups are more important than ever. Gathering via Zoom allows us to continue to be present with each other, explore our spiritual journeys, be open to scripture, and offer pastoral counsel to each other without interruption. The next sessions are scheduled for:
Week of Feb. 22, 2021, thru the week of March 22, 2021 (5 Sessions)
Week of April 12, 2021, thru the week of May 31 (8 Sessions)
To learn more, contact Rev. Stephen at email@example.com or by phone at 410-461-7793, ext. 351.
Annual Men's & Women's Retreats
Sacred time set aside to honor our spiritual journeys through meditation, fellowship, prayer, and worship.
Women’s Retreat: late February/early March
Women's Contact: Lucia Martin at WomensRetreat@stjohnsec.org
Men's Retreat: November
Men's Contact: George Maestri at MensRetreat@stjohnsec.org
The John L. Rabb Lectures in Contemporary Theology
Created from a legacy gift for the purpose of having key people in theological and church leadership make presentations and lead round-table discussions for our church and the community at large, generally twice a year. Please contact us if you are interested in making a contribution to ensure these offerings continue. Contact: Sally Goss at RabbLecture@stjohnsec.org
Education for Ministry
Education for Ministry, or EfM, is a 4-year theological education program for lay persons seeking a more in-depth study of scripture, theology, and church history. Each weekly seminar includes Bible study, theological reflection, and worship. Participants commit one year at a time. Contact Clare Brooks at EducationForMinistry@stjohnsec.org
Both doubt and mystical experience can be equally unnerving. Spiritual direction is one of the skills in which the clergy have been trained to help explore these experiences (and many others in-between!). Spiritual Direction differs from therapy in that our primary focus is on learning more about God’s relationship with you and bringing this to light. This focus differs from psychotherapy, where the focus on learning more about relationship with others or yourself.
Individual direction and recommendations for resource materials are available at any time, particularly when one has reached a crisis point in his or her relationship with God. Please reach out directly to a clergy person with further questions or concerns, or to set up an appointment.