Growing Our Faith (Christian Education)

Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace  (Frederick Bueckner, Now and Then).

Christian Formation opportunities for all ages are offered at St. John’s.

Sunday School classes meet from 9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. during the school year.  Children’s classes are divided in to two age groups, K – 3 and 4 – 6.  They use an engaging DVD based curriculum to teach Bible stories.

Seventh and eighth graders meet as a group.  In alternate years the class either serves as preparation for Confirmation or uses a curriculum called Making it Real and Relevant which draws upon movies and popular culture to explore the meaning of Bible stories and Christian living.

High School students help teach in the younger classes and are invited to participate in adult classes.

Read more about classes for children and youth HERE.

From time to time an adult class is offered, but it is currently on hiatus. The Sunday morning adult class is called Living Faithfully.  It utilizes a variety of programs and curricula to teach about the intersection of faith and contemporary life.  Units have included: the PBS series Faith in America, a study of the catechism in the Book of Common Prayer, a series on comparative religion and one on science and religion.  In the winter and spring of 2015 the class studied Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication. The course addressed questions such as:  Why did some Scriptures “make the cut” and others didn’t? How did “orthodox” Christianity become established?

An adult Bible study group meets on Wednesday mornings beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The Practicing our Faith book club meets on Thursday evening once a month.  Check the calendar for the book assigned for any given month.  The group meets to discuss the book and any implications for ministry in the lives of the participants.