Christian Education

St. John’s offers Christian Education for all ages, children & adults. We use the Weaving God's Promises curriculum supplemented with stories from Godly Play for grades 1- 6, which now meet during the 1st half hour of the 10 o’clock service on the upper floor of the Parish Building during the school year (234 French Street), children join their parents at the time of the Peace. “Wigglers,” Children from age 3 - kindergarten meet weekly, year-round and come to the worship service at the time of the Eucharist. Nursery care for children 3 and under from 9:30 until 11:30 each Sunday. Nursery care for older children provided for Evensongs and special services.
Youth Sundays with a special emphasis on child and family participation are held four times a year. 

Faith Formation at St. John's

At St. John's we offer a variety of opportunities to meet the needs of children, parents, and families for faith formation.

Sunday School offers a developmentally appropriate liturgy for children ages 3-12. We pray, read the Bible, hear a story and participate in activities together, joining our families in the sanctuary for the Eucharist. 

During special seasons we offer different opportunities: a Parent-Child Book Group during Advent, a Lenten family supper followed by separate groups for children and adults, Family focused worship opportunities such as a special Children's Maundy Thursday and Stations of the Cross, and inter-generational community activities throughout the year. Childcare is provided upon request for adult education opportunities. We use our family Facebook page to create opportunities for connection outside of our time in church; last year we did a book group for parents. 

Adult Education

Women's Book Group

The St. John’s Women’s Book Group meets once a month, currently on the 4th Tuesday at 7:00 pm, to discuss a book we have all read. Our selections range from books by theologians, such as Marcus Borg, to books by members of the clergy, such as Peter Gomes, Barbara Brown Taylor, and Katherine Jefferts Schori, to books about other religions such as Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam. We have  read about life in monasteries, about mystics, and even such current books as Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and The Shack by William P. Young. We take turns hosting the meetings in our homes, engaging in lively discussions over tea, coffee, and light snacks. We also take turns leading the discussions. Average attendance is approximately 12 women.

 

Education for Ministry

This four-year course of study through the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, provides an opportunity to deepen your understanding of Holy Scripture and church traditions, and to learn more about practicing your baptismal ministry effectively. For more information, please call Nancy Dymond (942-3148).

 

Quiet Days and Retreats

Inquirers Class (for newcomers and those interested in exploring/deepening their understanding of the Episcopal faith) discusses the Episcopal Church and Christianity in general. Call the office for more details or a schedule.

 

Parish Library

A basic library is available from which parishioners can borrow books.  It is located in the upstairs middle classroom at 234 French.  For more information, e-mail Cindy Lufkin.