Roanoke VA

Opportunities for Adults

Sunday School: It’s not just for kids anymore!

Click here for a digital version of our fall faith formation booklet, a devotional including questions for reflection and prayers as well as information on all our fall classes and journey groups!

What St. John’s call “Sunday School” is nothing like what your grandmother would have called “Sunday School.” Adults come together week-by-week to learn, to challenge each other, and to have stimulating conversations about the Bible, theology, church history, and contemporary society. We have explored the Old Testament narrative; we have looked for spiritual meaning in film and music; we have discussed the once-dangerous heresies; we have read C. S. Lewis; and we have plumbed the depths of our faith. We come together to learn, to challenge each other, and to have stimulating conversations in which divergent views can be respectfully shared and heard. We walk together the journeys of life and faith by talking about the things that matter. Be a part of the conversation!

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Whether you come for Christian education on Sunday morning or evening, we offer thought-provoking classes led by clergy and lay leaders. Want an example of what you might encounter? Click here to see a power point of “Christmas Before Consumerism” by Dr. Jennifer Berenson, religious studies professor and Associate Dean at Roanoke College.

Sunday Morning Classes
Sundays, 9:00  - 9:45 a.m.
(Parish Hall)

Faith and Science: Genes and the Soul
September 9, 16, 23 
Taught by Dr. James Peterson, Schumann Professor of Christian Ethics at Roanoke 
Jesus Fatwah: Love Your (Muslim) Neighbor as Yourself
September 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28
Taught by Dr. Saleem Ahmed, professor at Virginia Tech Carilion 
School of Medicine. 
Women and the Bible
November 4, 11, 18
Taught by St. John’s staff and clergy – the Reverend Whitney Burton, 
Chrissy Mortlock and Cara Modisett. 
Holy Land Pilgrimage Discussion
November 25 
The Reverend Whitney 
Burton talks about her 
summer 2018 pilgrimage
to the Holy Land. 
One Nation Under God?
December 9, 16, 23
A conversation about the intersections of faith, civics and politics. 
Annual Parish Meeting
December 2
The Reverend Eric Long will give the State of the Parish address and we’ll elect vestry members for 2019.

Journey Groups (click here to learn more)
Sundays during the program year, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
(Parish Hall)
Journey groups return for the fall, meeting after Sunday Supper with one exception (see below). Preview night is on September 16, and we’ll take a break on October 28 for Fall Festival. Topics will include:
Book Group: Sara Miles’ Take This Bread
Book Group: Rachel Held Evans’ Inspired
Writing Our Faith
Candlechant: Meditation, Prayer and Music in the Chancel
Faith and Fun for Kids
Bible Study (Wednesday evenings)