Christian formation is a lifelong process. It begins in our being gathered together in worship, being called to share, to participate, in Word and Sacrament. There it takes root and is further nourished in a variety of ways. The work of Christian Formation at St. John’s includes a number of educational opportunities for adults and children.
Sunday morning Christian Education at St. John’s has offerings for ages 4 through adults, beginning at 9am on Sunday mornings. New participants are always welcome. If you are bringing a new child to one of the classes, please stop to fill out a registration form and leave it with the teacher.
Classes for children ages 4 through high school meet in the classrooms above Trimble Hall. There are three class levels:
Primary: Pre-K through First Grade
Elementary: Second through Fifth Grade
Middle/High School: Sixth-Twelfth Grade
The Primary and Elementary Classes use the Episcopal Children’s Curriculum, a three year Christian Education cycle which explores the Bible, the church calendar, liturgy and sacraments.
The Middle/High School class is in the first year of the two-year Journey to Adulthood (J2A) program. J2A uses Bible study, prayer, rites of passage, and outreach ministries to help young people discover their place in the world and God’s family.
Sunday Morning Adult Forum
Adults gather in St. Mary's Chapel at 9am. A new series will begin on January 7, with a trip through the Hebrew Scriptures with Prof. Amy-Jill Levine, professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Levine is a much sought after speaker and Biblical scholar, author of numerous books, articles and essays on topics as diverse as Second-Temple Judaism, Christian Origins, and Biblical Women’s Role and Representation. Join us Sundays at 9:00 a.m. in Saint Mary’s Chapel for a look at our pre-Christian history and legacy. New participants are always welcome to join in.
Monday Night Adult Education
Adults gather in St. Mary’s Chapel from 6-7pm on Monday Evenings, for this year-round series led by the Rector. Beginning on January 22, the series will focus on stories from the Bible, and the different ways in which similar stories are told in different parts of Scripture. The series will begin with the Gospels. New participants are always welcome.