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!



SUNDAY OPPORTUNITIES for ADULT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

Adult Christian Education
Sundays, 9:15  - 10:15 a.m.
(Parish Hall)


Adults gather to learn within a safe, thoughtful, and faithful context. Topics range from Bible study and the Lord’s Prayer to taking a close look at the Church and the wider culture. Classes are stand alone sessions or “mini-courses.”

The Gathering Adult Classes
Sundays during the program year, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
(Parish Hall)


Adults gather to learn within a safe, thoughtful, and faithful context. Topics range from Bible study and the Lord’s Prayer to taking a close look at the Church and the wider culture. Classes are stand alone sessions or “mini-courses.”



WEEKDAY OPPORTUNITIES for ADULT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

Just can’t get enough Christian Education on Sunday? Not available for our Sunday classes? No problem! St. John’s has weekday Christian Education opportunities to fit every schedule.

Bible Study with Jane Stuart Smith
Mondays at 11:00 a.m.
Room 204


Mondays at 11:00 a.m. Bible Study with Ms. Jane Stuart Smith in Room 204. Call her at 776-3775 for more information.

Companions in Christ
Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.
(Conference Room – Fourth Floor)


A small group for women who share in Bible and book study and companionship in life. Depending upon interest and schedules, we may have a second Companions group that meets in the evening. Email Ms. Christie Wills at roanokewills@gmail.com.


Education for Ministry
Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.
(Conference Room – Fourth Floor)


Participants sign up one year at a time for this four-year course in theological education. They meet regularly in seminars under the guidance of trained mentors. Email Ms. Barbara Johnson at babstajohnson@gmail.com.


Lectionary Bible Study
Thursdays, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
(Parish Library – Fourth Floor)


Early birds and working professionals gather for an hour of Bible study on the readings that are appointed for use in church the following Sunday. Get a jump on the sermon by studying the lessons in advance! For more information, contact Mr. Billy Kingery at bwkingery@cox.net


Book Club
First Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
(Conference Room – Fourth Floor)


The Rev. Mary Mackin facilitates a monthly discussion of books, which include both works of fiction and non-fiction. Whether you come once or once a month, you will enjoy this opportunity for literary conversation in the context of faith. Refreshments are always provided. For information, contact the Rev. Mary Mackin at mmackin@stjohnsroanoke.org.


Men’s Prayer and Accountability Group
Second and Fourth Fridays, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
(Parish Library – Fourth Floor)


A group of faithful men commits to meeting twice monthly for prayer, shared stories, and book studies that inform both life and faith. For more information, email Mr. Carter Brothers at cbrothers@spilmanlaw.com


The Young Professional Book Group

The Young Professional Book Group is for young adults (single, married, or partnered) who are out of college and not quite ready (or may not want) to raise children. The group is part book study and part gathering in community. Contact Allison Cole at zoocolea@hotmail.com or Mike Florek at michaelflorekiii@gmail.com.



THE PARISH LIBRARY

During office hours on weekdays, visit St. John’s Parish Library on the fourth floor to find books on Bible study, theology, Christianity, the Episcopal Church, and more. Email Ms. Suzanne Sprenger at ssprenger1@cox.net.

You can also visit our Canterbury Books and Gift Shop to purchase books and add them to your personal library. Proceeds go to outreach ministries at St. John’s.