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.


Adults of all ages are invited to join us this month for Faithflix, a weekly time of food, film, and fellowship in the Parlor. We meet from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm, Sundays through May 26. (We will not meet on May 19 so our facilitators can join the Sunday School Teachers Appreciation lunch this day.)

We’ll enjoy a light lunch while watching and discussing a short faith-provoking film clip from bestselling author Rob Bell and his Nooma series. No prep, no stress, no registration – just come as you are able! 

Joe Mangin will be leading Faithflix sessions throughout the month of May; each week will involve a different film selection and guided discussion.

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. St. Paul's is a regular sponsor of this program.

Full 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

$8 – BASONOVA & Bender JCC members

$10 – the general public

Pay at the door – cash or check only.

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: 

March-April 2019: Lenten Supper & Study classes met for 6 weeks to dive into topics including The Book of Acts, the Lenten Journey through great works of art, quiet prayer, and women of the Torah.

February 2019: The Wesley Challenge. The Wesley Challenge is structured as an independent daily devotional, with each day’s reflection focused on one of 21 questions that John Wesley encouraged the first Methodists to ask about their faith journeys. Weekly DVD wrap-up sessions let us process the journey together.

Fall & Winter 2018: Disciple IIA. We will be offering the full Disciple II program in two parts. The 16-week class in 2018 offered a deep dive into Genesis and Exodus. (The 2019 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 texts, reading, reflection, and discussion.

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.