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.

Our annual series of short-term and long-term adult classes will kick off this Fall with classes starting September 10. Participants have the option to sign up for class only OR class + 6 catered dinners. All classes will be held on Tuesday nights.

Classes for Fall 2019 are:

  • Fuel for the Fight: Revisiting Spiritual Disciplines (6 weeks), led by Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton
  • From the Projects to the Pulpit - A Spiritual Journey Through Black America (6 weeks), led by Grace Graham and Anne Rush
  • The Life-Giving Practice of Bible Study (6 weeks), led by Meg Baker
  • Galatians & Romans: Bookends to Paul's Ministry (6 weeks), led by Bob Nordstrom
  • Disciple I (32 weeks), led by Rev. Adam B. Snell
  • Disciple IIB (16 weeks), led by Vern Schinski and Nancy Holland

Please click HERE to go to our Study Classes 2019 page for full course descriptions or to sign up and pay online. The sign-up period opens August 18 and closes September 8, or when classes are full. You can also sign up in the Narthex to pay by cash or check. 

Please contact Meg Baker, Director of Christian Education, if you have any questions.


Our popular weekly FaithFlix series returns on Sundays this fall, beginning on September 8. 

Please join us for a time of food, film, and fellowship in the Parlor each Sunday, 11:45 am–12:45 pm. 

Each FaithFlix session is an independent event, so feel free to participate on a drop-in basis. Participants enjoy a light lunch together while watching a short faith-provoking film, followed by guided discussion. No prep, no stress, no registration – just come as you are able!

Christian Faith 101

Christian Faith 101 will be offered this fall on Tuesday mornings, beginning September 3, 2019. 

This 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. 

Click here for a flyer with more details about the class, or pick up a copy in the church office. Enrollment is limited - please RSVP by July 31, 2019. 

For additional information or if you are interested in participating, contact Brian Walden (, 301-509-8129) or Therese Walden (, 301-509-8128). 

Taste & Sing

Dates for 2019:

September 17, October 15, November 19, December 17

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 Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton, 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.

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 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: 

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 for more about this new museum.