Christian formation is the lifelong process of growing in our relationship with God, self, others, and all creation. Every experience in our lives can provide us with the opportunity to express our faith; the challenge we face is recognizing these opportunities and learning ways to live a sometimes counter-cultural life in a secular world.
Regular Small Group Sessions at St. John's Episcopal
Adult Bible Study- Sundays at 9:00am, Activity Room (lower level) - This group discussion focuses on that Sunday's Gospel readings and lessons. The 9am start time falls between St. John's two morning services and nursery care is offered beginning at 9:00am as well. It's a great opportunity to talk with people from our different services. Each bible study meeting is independent of the other so you may drop in anytime!
Men’s Bible Study- Wednesdays at 9:00am, McNab Room
Women’s Bible Study- Wednesdays at 10:30am, McNab Room
Ecumenical Women’s Group* - Tuesdays at 10:00am,*hosted by SJEC
Women Journeying Together - This group meets Thursdays, 1:00pm - 2:30pm in the McNab Room or the lower level Activity Room if engaged in a video series. Reading and discussion of 3 provided textbooks or video studies guide the journey (1 each in fall, winter, spring). Meeting facilitators rotate.
Centering Prayer Group - Meeting 7:00-8:00pm on the first Monday of each month, this group practices a type of Christian contemplation which can add depth of meaning to prayer and facilitate the movement from more active modes of prayer - verbal, mental, etc.-into a receptive prayer of resting in God.
Home Groups - Hosted by a St. John’s member or couple, home groups allow for faith formation and fellowship.
Way of Love: Practices for Jesus-Centered Life
The Way of Love is not a new program. Instead it returns to ancient pathways that “open up the soul and spirit,” and brings together and lifts up the treasures of our church and tradition. “We didn’t need to come up with a new program for the church,” said Presiding Bishop Michael Curry in his (79th General Convention) sermon, “…we have what we need…This is coming from people in this church. The treasure was ready here.”
Special Webcasts, Diocesan Events
St. John's has and will continue to host webcasts offering opportunities for Christian formation and growth. Many of these webcasts are aimed at an ecumenical audience. Most are presented via partnership with the Trinity Institute of Trinity Wall St. Cathedral (NYC, NY) and the national Episcopal Church.
Occassionally, St. John's serves as the host site for diocesan-wide programming such as the fall 2013 event highlighted in this video (click the image below to view).