We are a community of faith wanting to grow in our relationship with God. Our education offerings draw upon scripture and the Christian tradition so that we might grow in grace. We hope these offerings reinforce the message of God’s grace and our call to be in a deeper relationship with God and one another.
COVID-19 UPDATE: Adult Education and Parish Life Ministries currently follow the guidelines outlined in the St. John’s Regathering Plan. All in-person activities have been suspended. To view the plan, click here.
On Sunday mornings we invite you to worship and then enjoy conversation. After the 8:00 a.m. service, a small group gathers for prayer and fellowship, and a discussion focused on the day's readings and the sermon. After the 9:00 a.m. service (which includes a children’s sermon), there are a variety of classes that meet throughout the campus. Many of our children’s programs are offered during that time, as well as our large Sunday forum in Alfriend Hall.
Wednesday nights during the academic year we gather for a meal and educational program. The programs vary in content, some are biblical and theological, while others are historic or contemporary topics. Wednesday evenings are an opportunity to meet someone new and enjoy a conversation about what it means to live out your faith.
“Growing in Grace” is an opportunity for adults to fully join the Episcopal Church. This class is for adults seeking baptism, confirmation, reception, or reaffirmation. If you are uncertain as to what those terms mean, don’t worry we will introduce you to the history and theology of the Episcopal Church. The class begins after the new year and culminates with the bishop's visit in the spring. It meets for six to nine weeks on Sunday afternoons.
We have a number of different Bible Studies throughout the week offered at different times. Holy Scripture is an important part of our weekly worship (with four different passages). Thus, we devote time each week to deepen our understanding of the scripture we will hear during worship. These studies are full of lively conversation and are open to all.
Ever feel the need to slow down? In our busy and noisy world, St. John’s offers several opportunities for you to be still and center yourself in the source of life, love, and peace. Consider trying our weekly Centering Prayer, Compline or Yoga & Meditation. We also hold periodic services of Music & Meditation where you can feed your soul.
Education for Ministry (EfM) is a four-year adult education program from the University of the South that offers an intensive study of scripture and theology in a small-group setting. Participants enjoy the opportunity to deepen their faith and grow personally and as laity in the St. John’s family. Many participants in the EfM program go on to share their education for ministry by teaching, serving and leading others in the church. New classes begin forming in the fall. We invite you to learn more.
Holy Communion is an important part of our worship; we gather together and break bread. St. John’s has a number of different small groups that gather together over food and beverage. Some groups are a reflection of the diversity of our community, while other groups are people in a similar stage of life. These groups help us deepen our relationship with God and one another.
When we experience a major life event such as a divorce or the death of a loved one, the impact is great and can resonate throughout the rest of our life.
St. John's offers a support group for women dealing with divorce. "Phoenix Divorce Support" meets monthly for discussion and fellowship.
We also offer "Walking the Mourner's Path," an 8-week grief support program that reminds us that God is present in our pain and we are not alone in our grief. This ministry is grounded in prayer and led by clergy and trained facilitators. Please reach out to learn more.