“...Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you…" Matthew 28:19-20
Christian Formation provides resources that prepares our parishioners for Worship, Bible Study, and Forum leaving them with inspiration and empowerment to continue the work at home. Making disciples is a task easier said than done. We want to be good disciples. We want to raise good disciples. We aspire to become like the apostles, sent by God to teach others to follow. Baptism and an earnest commitment to want to follow Christ are a great start, to be successful we need additional tools to move us further along the discipleship path.
Worship feeds our faith, though it is the in-between times where our discipleship is forged. Given our already busy schedules, the expectation cannot be that formation and education are only happening when you are on church property at a church event. At St. John’s we work to give resources so that when you come to worship, Bible Study, Forum, etc. you leave with inspiration and empowerment to continue the work at home. This equipping may be a new prayer practice to try out, a scripture to meditate on, a reflection that challenges how you have been behaving or viewing the world, or even suggested activities to experience a new way of doing in your household or community.
It is in dialogue and community that we hear about new contexts or research, are challenged on ideas, and can hear the Holy Spirit working to create a new thing in our hearts. We believe in an apostolic succession of faith, meaning faith is passed from one person to the next, sometimes down through the generations, across generations, and even up through the generations. At St. John’s households are empowered to do formation together so that all members learn and grow with one another. Our intergenerational focus goes beyond households. Prayer partnerships are created across generations and formation opportunities encouraging every age and demographic of the parish to get involved. We call it cross-pew pollination... allowing God to forge friendships and relationships.
9-10am | SUNDAY MORNINGS
Sunday Forum is an adult discussion group that takes on a book or topic to explore in depth for a season. Authors have included Henri Nouwen, C.S. Lewis, ad Rachel Held Evans. Topics range from reading the Bible in a year to the history of Christmas Carols. Drop-in week by week or study with the group for a season.
SUNDAY MORNINGS | 9:30-10:15am
Holy Households is our re-invention of Sunday school. An intergenerational learning opportunity, where we explore lessons and themes that delve deeper into the Christian story and Episcopal traditions. It is intentionally designed to engage all-ages in fun, faith and learning.
WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY
SATURDAY MORNINGS | 9-10am
Women’s Bible study is open to women of any age. Most recently the group studied the women listed in Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus and the women in Paul’s Epistles.
To further our studies, we occasionally use books or commentaries. This group is open to anyone wishing to drop-in to the study
or for the lesson and topic.
Prayer partners are two people of different generations coming together to pray for one another, "check-in and on" each other, and participate as partners in quarterly parish events. Our prayer partner ministry has grown to over 40 partnerships ranging in ages from
3 to 80 years young.
Twice a month, (usually on Sundays)
St. John’s partners with youth from St. Bart’s in Laytonsville and St. Nick’s in Darnestown to offer fellowship, service, and learning opportunities. Activities may range from bowling, to axe throwing, to the study of Paul’s letters, or playing a silly version of charades. Open to 6th-12th graders.
ALL PARISH VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
A Vacation Bible School not just for children! Explore fun themes, enjoy dinner together, Bible Study and challenges designed to keep learning active for weeks to come. Open to all ages, and all households in the parish and the community.
First week of August - Monday through Friday 6-8:30pm each evening.