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.

WE Gather Together: Virtual Small Groups

Now Forming!


In this time of isolation, we are working to organize opportunities for congregants to participate in “virtual” small group gatherings either by phone or online. Some of you may want to meet together just to be in community, others may wish to focus on prayer or Bible study, and still others may be interested in some sort of online adult study. We hope you will be a engage with our faith community in this way. To find out more, please contact Meg Baker at mbaker [at] stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext. 104.

Lenten Resources

Lent is a time of repentance, fasting, self-examination, and reflection in preparation for the coming of Easter. Visit the display in the Narthex for these materials:


The Sanctuary for Lent 2020, a daily devotional. Each devotion includes a suggested Scripture reading and a Bible verse, a meditation, and a closing spiritual practice.


Inviting All to the Table of Grace, written by St. Paul’s members and friends. This collection of scripture, prayers, and reflections invites you to spend time each week exploring the idea of what it means to welcome the outsider. CLICK HERE to download this devotional in *pdf format.


What is Lent? is a resource for children and preteens age 9-12 with activities, puzzles, and games that impart the fundamentals about Lent.


Lent 101 is a brief overview of the season produced by The Upper Room publishers.


Ashes are available in individual packets. The ash we receive on our foreheads soon washes away. But the reason for the ash journeys with us throughout the season of Lent. As a visible reminder of this season of repentance and introspection, individual packets of consecrated ash are available with other Lenten devotions.


Taste & Sing

CANCELED due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Stay tuned for future dates! We hope to be singing together again soon!


This monthly gathering of music, prayer, and lunch opens with an opportunity to share in singing a few of our favorite hymns, then moves into a short program focusing on a composer or lyricist so we can learn more about the stories behind the hymns.


Please join our praying, playing, singing staff Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton, Dr. Meg Baker, and Dr. Erin Steele for this time of fellowship, held in the Octagon at 12:00 noon on the third Tuesday of the month. No musical experience needed! Stay for a tasty lunch provided by Ginny Hagberg. 


There is no registration and no cost to attend, although donations for lunch are welcome.

Lenten Bible Study

No meeting March 18.

Check back for details about future dates.


most Wednesdays

4:00-5:00pm

Library


Join us for a Lenten Bible study guided by the study series The Walk by Rev. Adam Hamilton. There is no sign up or cost to attend; purchasing the book is optional.


Over six weeks, we will consider five essential spiritual practices rooted in Jesus’ own walk with God, the scriptural foundation of each practice, and its potential impact as a part of our daily walk with Christ. All are welcome to participate on an ongoing or occasional basis. 


For more information, please visit the display in the Narthex or contact Meg Baker at mbaker@stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext. 104.

FAITHFLIX

From February 2 through March 1, FaithFlix will combine with the video study "Faithful & Inclusive," led by Rev. Dr. Pat Allen. Participants may pick up a light meal in Room 109 at 11:45 a.m. and then attend the study session 12:00-1:00 in the Sanctuary.


The video-based study, authored by UMC pastor Rev. Rob Fuquay, examines biblical texts regarding sexuality using a United Methodist understanding of Scripture that honors Scriptural authority, tradition, reason, and experience, known commonly as the “Wesleyan quadrilateral.” Pastor Pat invites attendees to come to as many of the six sessions as you are able.


FaithFlix will return to our previous format, meeting in the Parlor on Sundays at 11:45, later this spring when participants will view a short faith-provoking film, followed by guided discussion led by Joe Mangin or another member of our team of education leaders. No prep, no stress, no registration – just come as you are able!

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. Most lectures are held at the Bender JCC (6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD) St. Paul's is a regular sponsor of this program.


Full Biblical Archaeology Forum Schedule for 2019-2020

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019: Ancient Roman Baths: Centers for Political Propaganda (Maryl Gensheimer, University of Maryland)
  • Wednesday, October 23, 2019: Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Kristen Romey, National Geographic Society)
  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019: The Late Bronze Age Palaces of Hazor (Shlomit Bechar, Hebrew University and Co-Director of Excavations at Hazor)
  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019: The Roman Forum: Monument, Memory and Cultural Identity (Christopher Gregg, George Mason University)
  • Sunday, February 23, 2020 at B’nai Israel: From Sectarianism to Consensus: The Rise of Rabbinic Judaism (Lawrence Schiffman, New York University)
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020: The Battle of Kadesh: Egyptians v Hittites (Betsy Bryan, Johns Hopkins University)
  • Wednesday, April 22, 2020: Archaeology in Israel: Where the Past Meets the Present (Eric Meyers and Carol Meyers, Duke University)
  • Wednesday, May 27, 2020: Digging Up Armageddon: The Search for the Lost City of Solomon (Eric Cline, George Washington University)


Visit jccgw.org/baf or for more information, call 301-881-0100 or email BAF.JCCGW@gmail.com.


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: 


Fall 2019: Christian Faith 101, a popular adult study explores the religious, historical, geographical, political, and cultural context for the birth and evolution of the major components of Christian faith, doctrine, scripture, and practice. 


October-November 2019: A special short-term class on Bible Study and Meditation, led by Meg Baker.


Sept-Oct 2019: Fall Supper & Study classes met for 6 weeks and looked at practicing spiritual disciplines, the faith journey of an African American inner-city poet, and the connections between biblical books Galatians and Romans.


July 28, 2019: Field trip to attend a performance of the Broadway musical “Amazing Grace” at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC.


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 www.museumofthebible.org for more about this new museum.