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 “The Battle for Middle-earth: J.R.R. Tolkien's Divine Design in Lord of the Rings” to “The Nicene Creed” to “Making Sense of the Bible When the Bible Doesn’t Make Sense.” Most mornings and evenings there are two options for adults. Classes are “mini-courses” and stand alone sessions.

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 “The Battle for Middle-earth: J.R.R. Tolkien's Divine Design in Lord of the Rings” to “The Nicene Creed” to “Making Sense of the Bible When the Bible Doesn’t Make Sense.” Most mornings and evenings there are two options for adults. Classes are “mini-courses” and stand alone sessions.


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.


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

Companions 2.0
Wednesdays during the program year, 5:30 p.m.
(Room 203 - Second Floor, childcare available)


A small group for women, Companions in Christ meets in the library for bible study, book study, and companionship in life. For more information, contact 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 a four-year program of lay theological education developed by the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee. Participants meet regularly to discuss assigned readings under the guidance of trained mentors. For more information, contact the Rev. Erin Hensley at ehensley@stjohnsroanoke.org.


Lectionary Bible Study
Thursdays, 7:15 a.m. – 8:15 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 the Rev. Erin Hensley at ehensley@stjohnsroanoke.org.


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.




THE PARISH LIBRARY

Still can’t get enough Christian Education? Commend thyself to the stacks in the parish library, which is open during office hours on working days. Books are available for Bible study, personal devotion, theology, Christianity, the Episcopal Church, and more. If you would like, any member of the clergy would be pleased to recommend titles that would suit your interests.