Christian Education

Children’s Chapel: Children assemble in the Keeper’s Cottage at 10:00 a.m. Sundays for Bible lessons and activities then proceed to the Church, where they  join their parents for communion.  Our children’s chaplain, The Rev. Anne Lane Witt will host an online Children’s Chapel each week for our youngsters at 5:00 p.m.  Simply follow the instructions you received by email, or contact Anne Lane to participate.

Wednesday Evening Bible Study offers members and friends an opportunity to gather weekly to discuss passages from scripture, compelling books, and sacred writings from authors both ancient and new.  Evenings include centering prayer, a simple potluck supper, and discussion.  Last year’s readings included the Letter of James, the writings of Henri Nouwen, and Barbara Brown Taylor’s Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others.  All are welcome to participate.

The American Church’s Role in Our Racial Story We hope you will join us for the remaining 4 sessions of our 5-week online discussion series based on the the book The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby, the president of The Witness, A Black Christian Collective, host of the podcast Pass the Mic, and a PhD candidate in history at the University of Mississippi.
Tisby’s book explores the history of the American Church’s role in perpetuating racism and inequality, including through its teachings on human dignity and equality and its failure to speak out against evil. Tisby takes a historical look at how many Christians, from the founding of the English colonies in America to today, have supported racial injustice through action and inaction. Tisby concludes with ideas for creating a more inclusive and just future Church.

To acquire access, contact Amelie Wilmer.

Education for Ministry returns September 14. Education for Ministry (EfM) is a 4-year program that uses theological education and reflection to deepen and broaden one’s faith and ministry. The first year is devoted to the Hebrew Scriptures, the second year to the New Testament, the third year to church history, and the fourth year to ethics. The cost is $375 per year, and annual registration is required. Scholarships are available. EfM meets via Zoom on Monday nights for 2 hours. Please contact David Curtis to learn more.  
Inquirers’ Class Dates Set The participants for the Inquirers’ Class of 2020 have begun their journey together, and will be meeting for six sessions through the end of the summer.  We invite your prayers for the 13 participants as they prepare for our Bishop’s visitation in the fall. This formation series is for those who are interested in learning more about the Episcopal Church or in becoming a member of St. John’s through Confirmation or Reception.  Please email Amelie directly with your interest or questions.
Adult Forum Coffee and Conversation Hour During the program year, join us online right after our Sunday morning online services for our Adult Forum presentation led by guest facilitators and our clergy.  Adult Forum does not meet during the summer. To acquire access, contact Amelie Wilmer.