As we partner with the Holy Spirit to “build us up in the knowledge and love of God,” St. John’s Faith Formation programming encourages and nourishes the spiritual development of all people, where ever we are in our faith journey. Faith Formation is integral to St. John’s development of meaningful and inspiring ministries, intertwined with the work of invite-welcome-connect, worship, service work, and community life. Utilizing academic, spiritual, and theological talents within our congregation and partnerships in the wider community, St. John’s Faith Formation Commission provides program offerings that equip our community with knowledge and spiritual resources to grow in our faith journey. Join us in engaging conversations that empower each of us to courageously and compassionately meet life’s challenges and opportunities in today’s world.
Sunday Faith Forums take place almost every Sunday morning from 9:00-9:50 a.m. from September through May, with breaks for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter holidays. Summer “pop-up” Faith Forums are offered periodically from June through August.
We also offer seasonal Faith Formation Programming on weeknights from 5:00-6:30 p.m. These series have included Advent and Lenten book studies, our preachers “unpacking” their Sunday sermons, and Film and Theology “happy hours” at local restaurants.
Our current faith forum offering is:
Forward Movement and the Episcopal Church Foundation offer daily lectionary based readings and reflections, including faithful parenting. Click here to view the latest Faith-at-Home Readings.
We have copies of the Forward Movement booklets available in our Little Free Library at our 60 Kent Street entrance.
During COVID-19: We invite you to connect with each other, with Scripture, and with God — through words and through silence. Lectio Divina is a form of prayer in which a group silently contemplates a sacred reading together. We host Lectio Divina on Wednesdays at 10:00-10:30 a.m. via Zoom. There is no need to register in advance. Everyone is invited to attend!
During COVID-19: Basics Classes continue to meet over Zoom. Watch our communications to learn about upcoming classes.
Saint John’s offers a 6-week course called Basics. These classes cover the foundations of the Christian faith, the beliefs and practices distinctive to the Episcopal Church’s Anglican tradition, and what that all means for our life at Saint John’s.
These classes aren’t just for newcomers to Saint John’s or the Episcopal faith! They’re strongly recommended for anyone preparing for the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, or Matrimony, and they are a useful opportunity for longtime parishioners to refresh their understanding of our tradition.
Basics are offered three times each year: Fall (starting around October), Spring (during Lent), and Summer (after Pentecost).
Anyone may attend one or all sessions. The topics include:
In the end, all we do as Christians, Anglicans, Episcopalians, and members of Saint John’s is geared toward helping us be better disciples and followers of Jesus, and to equip us to serve God’s mission in the world. The Basics classes are designed to strengthen the foundation of this mission.
During COVID-19: most groups are still meeting via the Internet or socially distanced small gatherings. You can find a group that meets in a way that works for you.
We have a number of groups of 7-10 members who meet monthly or seasonally for spiritual support and a shared life of faith. In 2020-2021, several new and existing Small Groups are following the Way of Love curriculum. Contact Judy Stack if you are interested in joining a group.
St. John’s also has a number of Spiritual Life Groups. Please contact the Rev. Craig Lemming for more information the Men’s Group, Women’s Group, Young Adults Group, Older Wiser Laity, LGBTQ+ Group, Prayer Shawl Knitters, Creation Care Group, or Thursday Book Group.