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.

Virtual Study Groups

Drop-in ANytime or Join Now!

Please consider joining one of our online studies now underway each week. All of these studies are no-prep, no-stress, and free-of-charge. Participants may attend on a regular, occasional, or a drop-in basis. Each session is held through the Zoom meeting platform and is 40 minutes long. An "after session" is also available for those who wish to go deeper. 


If you have never zoomed before, have no fear. Zoom makes it easy to participate online from your computer, by cell phone, or by your home phone. For more information, or to receive a Zoom invite, please contact Meg Baker at mbaker [at] stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933, ext. 104. (Also, if you are interested in setting up another small group for study, prayer, or support and would appreciate some guidance, Meg is ready to help.)

  • Tuesday Afternoons

    Psalms: Prayers of the Heart

    4:00 p.m., Tuesdays


    This Bible study is more traditional in nature and invites participants to discover together how the Scripture passage speaks to us today. These weekly stand-alone sessions will be guided by Eugene Peterson’s Psalms: Prayers of the Heart, which includes 12 weeks' worth of independent study plans.


    Peterson is a pastor, scholar, and author, and is probably best known for The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language. This summer series is a free, one-hour, no-prep, come-when-you-can study available to all. 


    Here are the upcoming sessions:

    July 7 -  Praying Our Fear: Psalm 23

    July 14 - Praying Our Hate: Psalm 137

    July 21 -  Praying Our Tears: Psalm 6

    July 28 -  Praying Our Doubt: Psalm 73


    For more information, or to receive the link to join, please contact Meg Baker at mbaker [at] stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext 104.  

  • Wednesday Afternoons

    The God We Can KNow

    4:00 p.m., Wednesdays


    The Wednesday Afternoon Bible Study group is meeting virtually using Zoom. Participants first greet each other and pray together, then watch a video and spend the remaining time reflecting on that session's topic. We are currently working our way through Rob Fuquay’s The God We Can Know study series which explores the “I Am” sayings of Jesus. For the link to join, contact Meg Baker: mbaker[at]stpaulsk.org.

  • SAturday Mornings (Coming Soon!)

    Bible Project's Church at Home Bible Study

    10:00-11:00 a.m., Saturdays

    starting July 11


    This study uses the BibleProject’s Church at Home: Small Group Bible Study (https://bibleproject.com/church-at-home/). Each week’s session will include watching an animated video about a biblical book or theme, then looking at several Scripture passages and working our way through some discussion questions. 


    Our topics for July are: 

    July 11 – Justice

    July 18 – Way of the Exile

    July 25 – Hope


    All are welcome to participate in this one-hour, no-prep study weekly opportunity on a regular or drop-in basis. For more information or the link to join the class, please contact Meg Baker at mbaker [at] stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext. 104. 

The Upper Room

During this time of anxiety and isolation The Upper Room is providing its May/June 2020 issue of The Upper Room magazine, both in English and Spanish, for download at no cost. In addition, four short prayer resources that address specific needs are also available. 


Please visit https://www.upperroom.org/news/1155 to access these materials.

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.

Taste & Sing

CANCELED due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Stay tuned for future dates! 

We hope to be singing together again in the future!


When we are able to meet in person, 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. Our praying, playing, singing staff Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton, Dr. Meg Baker, and Dr. Erin Steele lead this time of fellowship and song. Under normal conditions, Taste & Sing is 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.

FAITHFLIX

FaithFlix will return to our previous format, meeting in the Parlor on Sundays at 11:45, when we are able to return following the COVID-19 pandemic. In the meantime, please consider joining one of the adult studies listed above - many use a video component in a similar way! Participants 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)

  • POSTPONED due to COVID-19
  • 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.