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Posted on: January 14, 2019

In 2019, St. John’s will offer a variety of faith formation programs intended to build community and to learn from one another while growing in knowledge and love of God.

Sunday Faith Formation

Our Sunday formation hour for youth and adults, meets every Sunday at 9am in the Fireside Room.

Eastertide Faith Formation

This Eastertide will we discuss the theme of how the Spiritual Practice of Pilgrimage leads us to New Life.

April 28 – Discover the New Children’s Book, “Today is Baptism Day” presented by Priest and Author the Rev. Anna Ostenso Moore and illustrator Peter Kruger

Local Episcopal author and illustrator, The Rev. Anna V. Ostenso Moore and Peter Krueger, respectively will share the creation story of their picture book “Today Is a Baptism Day.” They will discuss the theology of baptism in which the book is grounded,  how the project impacted their faith, and invite participants to reflect on their beliefs about baptism. Questions and discussion are welcomed.

 

May 5 – The Rev. Jered Weber-Johnson discusses his pilgrimage to Alaska and India.

This past summer my wife and children and my mother took two pilgrimages of sorts together – traveling while on sabbatical to my childhood home of Alaska, and my mother’s childhood home of India. On the first, the journey outward reflected my inward desire to reconnect with places of deep meaning to me, and to share those places with my sons. On the second, the trip took us to places I only knew in story, the India of my mother’s childhood, and became an opportunity for her to share with me sites of great importance in her formative years. In both cases the journeys were punctuated by moments of great surprise and delight, as well as feelings of dislocation and disorientation contrasting with feelings of homing and return. In short, the trips were both a mix of complicated and beautiful feelings and experiences. And, both were opportunities to discover God alive and well in my life and in my story in both new and familiar ways.

 

CANCELLED: The May 12 Faith Forum with the Rev. Keely Morgan is canceled due to a death in her family.

 

May 19 – “Personal Reflections on a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land” presented by the Rev. Susan Moss & Ed Stieve

St. John’s members returning from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land will speak about their experiences. 

Unpacking the Sermon: Community Supper and Conversation

Oftentimes members of our faith community have no opportunity to respond to or discuss a Sermon they heard on Sunday. Gather in the Fireside room on the Wednesdays listed below at 6pm. This is an opportunity to “Unpack” the previous Sunday’s sermon with the Preacher in a casual conversation that engages the voices and perspectives of all ages. While we enjoy a simple supper, we will share our questions; What inspired you? What challenged you? What did you agree or not agree with, and why? What would the preacher have liked to say if they had more time?

February 6 – The Rev. Jered Weber-Johnson

February 27 – The Rev. Barbara Mraz

April 24 – Unpack the Liturgy. The Rev. Neil Elliott offers a variation on our “Unpack the Sermon” theme by leading an “Unpack the Liturgy” conversation for all ages. Holy Week offers us a marvelous array of liturgies – Palm Sunday / Passion Sunday; Maundy Thursday; Good Friday; Holy Saturday; The Great Easter Vigil; and Easter Sunday. Come and enjoy a simple supper and then “unpack” these liturgies together. What inspired you? What challenged you? What felt uncomfortable or affirming, and why? All are welcome!

May 29 – The Rev. Craig Lemming

Please RSVP for dinner, including any dietary restrictions, to Craig Lemming at craig.lemming@stjohnsstpaul.org.

Spiritual Life Groups

St. John’s Spiritual Life Groups provide parishioners the opportunity to be spiritually nurtured in intentional communities. As you meet over time, you will deepen your faith and build connections with each other. St. John’s spiritual life groups currently include:

Prayer Shawl – Knitters and crocheters of all experience levels are welcome to meet the first and third Wednesday at 9:30am in the Gathering Space.

Book Group – new comers are always welcome to join the first and third Thursday of the month at 10am in the Fireside Room.

Women’s Group – for all women, this group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm at St. John’s.

Men’s Group – for all men, this group meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm in the Fireside Room.

OWLs – for anyone who identifies as Older, Wiser, Laity. This group meets three to four times per year for a special program and luncheon provided by clergy and staff.  

Young Adults – for anyone who identifies as a young adult. This group gathers for brunch the third Sunday of each month after the 10am worship as well as one time per month for an activity.

LGBTQ+ Spiritual Life Group – anyone who identifies as LGBTQ+ is radically welcomed into our shared faith life at St. John’s. Our program offerings, which usually occur every other month, provide social, liturgical, and educational opportunities for us to broaden, enrich, and deepen our faith commitment to following the way of Jesus as beloved disciples together.

Small Groups

If you are interested in a more intimate setting, our small groups are a place to connect with other Saint John’s parishioners and with God. The groups are gatherings of 8-12 members who meet regularly for friendship and spiritual support; some rotate their meetings among members’ homes, others meet at Saint John’s or in a coffee shop. Some groups meet to study scripture or have a common interest, but all focus on our shared life of faith. Please contact Craig Lemming if you would like to learn more at 651-228-1172 x18 or craig.lemming@stjohnsstpaul.org.