Adult Education

St. Paul's strong Adult Education program offers a variety of short- and long-term classes throughout the year. We seek to feed those hungry to know more about God, the church, and the world. Our opportunities are developed by Meg Baker, Director of Christian Education, in close collaboration with the Adult Education Committee, Rev. Adam B. Snell, Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton, and Youth Pastor Micah Smartt.

Supper & Study

St. Paul’s Adult Education Committee is again sponsoring several six-week classes during Lent. 

Course topics for Spring 2019 include women in the Bible, art and theology, prayer, and the Book of Acts. All meetings will be held on Tuesday nights, March 12 – April 16. A supper option is available. 

Go to to read more about the Spring 2019 classes. You can sign up online and pay using a credit card, or sign up in the Narthex on Sundays from now until March 10, or when classes are full.

Questions? Contact Director of Christian Education, Meg Baker (, 301-933-7933 ext 104).

The Wesley Challenge

Please join us for this 21-day challenge! Over the course of three weeks, we will reflect on John Wesley’s own twenty-one questions. The Wesley Challenge offers an opportunity to discover a deeper commitment to God – one that is authentic, vulnerable, and soul-shaping.  

You can sign up online to join our DVD-based study sessions, held in the Parlor on February 3, 10, & 17, 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. You can also sign up to take on this “challenge” on your own – class participation is not required! Share this url to invite others: A paper sign-up sheet will also be available in the Narthex starting January 27.

The Wesley Challenge is structured as a daily devotional, with each day’s reflection focused on one of 21 questions that John Wesley encouraged the first Methodists to ask one another about their faith journeys. Those who take the Sunday class will be offered a participant book; an abbreviated version of the material will be made available to all beginning February 3. 

For more information, please contact Meg Baker at or 301-933-7933 ext. 104.

Whether you choose to participate in the weekly sessions, form your own group, or study on your own, St. Paul’s encourages you to take the challenge!

Biblical Archaeology Forum

This community group’s monthly lectures bring together leading Bible scholars, historians, and archaeologists to broaden our understanding of the Biblical world.

Biblical Archaeology Forum Schedule for 2018-2019

September 13, 2018: Did Yahweh Come from Midian?

October 10, 2018: Did a Kushite Pharaoh Rescue Jerusalem from the Assyrians?

November 7, 2018: The Split between Judaism and Christianity

December 12, 2018: When the Greeks Ruled the Seas

February 10, 2019: Cities That Built the Bible

March 6, 2019: Women That Built the Bible

April 3, 2019: The World’s First Computer, Recovered from the Antikythera Shipwreck

May 8, 2019: The Mysterious Disappearance of Zerubbabel

Visit or for more information, call 301-881-0100 or email

Reservations are not required. Normal admission fees are: 

free – high school students

$5 – Residents of CES Life Communities, college students, and co-sponsors

$8 – BASONOVA & Bender JCC members

$10 – the general public

Pay at the door – cash or check only.

Disciple IIA -  now underway

St. Paul’s is offering Disciple IIA, a 16-week study co-led by Vern Schinski and Meg Baker. This class meets weekly beginning October 2

We will be offering the full Disciple II program in two parts. This year’s 16-week class offering will offer a deep dive into Genesis and Exodus. (Next year's session, Disciple IIB, will focus on Luke and Acts.)

Disciple II, like the popular Disciple I program, emphasizes deepening our relationship with God and our growth as disciples through close contact with biblical text, reading, reflection, and discussion.

Classes meet Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m. for 16 weeks. The cost for the class is $20. To learn more or to sign up, please contact Meg Baker (mbaker@stpaulsk, 301-933-7933 ext. 104).

This class is co-led by Vern Schinski and Meg Baker. Vern Schinski is a retired Navy Captain and medical school VP who led mission and outreach programs for two decades. He has been involved leading small groups and Disciple classes for many years. Meg Baker is a long-time member of St. Paul's who has served the church in a variety of capacities, including her current role as Director of Christian Education. You can read more about Meg at our Meet the Staff page.

ADult Sunday School

Taking a Break!

Adult Sunday School, led by Vern Schinski, usually meets on Sunday mornings, 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Parlor but we are currently taking a break! 

Questions? Contact Meg Baker, Director of Christian Education, or 301-933-7933 ext 104.

Past activities

St. Paul’s offers many workshops, trips, and special opportunities throughout the year. Here are some of the things we've done recently: 

Fall 2018: FaithFlix. Adults of all ages met Sundays to enjoy a light lunch while watching and discussing a short faith-provoking film clip during this drop-in, come-as-you-are series of sessions.

December 2018: Celebrating Abundance. This new advent study, led by Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton, used the Walter Brueggmann text of the same name and encouraged reflection on the radical gift of a baby born in a dusty city to a young unwed mother and laid in a simple manger.

Oct.-Nov. 2018: Present Over Perfect. A short-term study held on Thursday nights, using the book by New York Times bestselling author Shauna Niequist, inviting us on a path away from frantic efforts and daily striving for perfection, and toward real peace with ourselves and God.  

Sept.-Oct. 2018: Supper & Study. Our annual series of short-term classes included 6-week offerings on these topics: Making Sense of the Bible, The Synoptic Gospels, The Lord's Prayer, and Invitation to the New Testament.

August 26, 2018: Stained Glass Window Tour. Senior Pastor Rev. Adam Snell offered a guided tour of the windows of our Sanctuary, explaining the parables, Biblical narratives, imagery, and historical figures that adorn our sacred space.

August 18, 2018: Trip to the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC. See for more about this new museum.