Roanoke VA

Opportunities for Adults

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

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)

Epiphany: God in the World, God for the World
January 6-February 24
The season of Epiphany marks the coming of Christ into the world, the recognition that he came for all people. We celebrate that today by practicing our faith in the world. We launch this spring’s classes with the themes of Epiphany: the connections between religious and civic life, politics and community; how faith inspires literature and arts, how the church can work in the world for good. (See below for class schedule).  
January 6: Faith in the Public Sphere
We’ll host a panel with politicians including Virginia Congressman Sam Rasoul and Roanoke Vice Mayor Joe Cobb about the intersections of faith, politics and public service.
January 13: The Theology of Hope
January 20: Epiphany in a World 2,000 Years Later
January 27: Institution and Inspiration - The Work of the Church
February 3 and 10: Seeing God in the World Through Words
February 17 and 24: Being God in the World Through Action
Transfiguration Sunday, March 3
Explore the theology and mystery of our liturgy through an instructed Eucharist, led by the Reverend Eric Long.
Lent: The Upper Room, The Garden, The Cross
March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14
For six Sunday mornings between Ash Wednesday and Easter, we’ll explore the theology of Christ’s last days, the significance of those three small but infinite places in his life and how they shape our world and lives today.
Adult Confirmation Classes
April 7, 14, 28 and May 5 and 12, 9 a.m.
A class, led by the Reverend Eric Long, for anyone considering being confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church, or for those who are already members and would like to find out more about our church’s history, liturgy, structure and theology. All are welcome!
The Christian Consumer: Living Faithfully in a Fragile World
April 28, May 5 and 12
Dr. Laura M. Hartman, Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies at Roanoke College
What we consume – food, energy, stuff – has an impact on our world, scaling from individuals, through families and communities, to the earth itself. In this class we explore the impact of our consumption through a lens of faith, asking what our forebears in the Christian tradition would say about our current consumeristic world and at the ways that good, Christian consumption can constitute praise, love and connection to God. 
Celebration with Our Bishop, May 19
The Right Reverend Mark Bourlakas will be with us on May 19, preaching, celebrating and confirming people into the Episcopal Church. He’ll give a talk during our 9:00 hour.

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)