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.

ADult Sunday School


Adult Sunday School, led by Vern Schinski, meets on Sunday mornings, 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Parlor. Adults of all ages and backgrounds are invited to join this study time. Come each week, or drop in as your schedule allows.

For Fall 2018, the group will be using several DVD sources to study the Gospel of John, including Adam Hamilton’s “John: The Gospel of Light and Life.” No homework is required, and nursery care is available. 

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

Present over Perfect

New short-term adult class: Present Over Perfect

Text by Shauna Niequist, led by Kathy Mullens

Thursdays, October 18 through November 11, 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Library

In this five-session video-based Bible study, New York Times bestselling author Shauna Niequist invites us on a path away from frantic pushing and proving and toward our essential selves. 

We will learn how to begin leaving behind busyness and hectic living and rediscover who we were made to be. Present Over Perfect is a hand reaching out, pulling us free from the constant pressure to maintain an exhausting image of perfection. Niequist offers an honest account of what led her to begin this journey, and a compelling vision for an entirely new way to live: soaked in grace, rest, silence, simplicity, prayer, and connection with the people that matter most to us.

The cost of this class is $20, which includes the book and study guide (and childcare!). In the spirit of acknowledging our busy lives, classes will be stand-alone so you may attend as little or as often as your schedule allows.

For more information, or to sign up for the class, please contact Meg Baker at or 301-933-7933 ext. 104.

Faith Flix


Faithflix meets weekly on Sunday afternoons. Adults of all ages are invited for food, film, and fellowship each Sunday in the Parlor from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. We'll enjoy a light lunch while watching and discussing a short faith-provoking film clip. No prep, no stress, no registration – just come as you are able! Each week will involve a different film selection and guided discussion. 

Led by Meg Baker, Director of Christian Education (, 301-933-7933 ext 104).

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.

UP NEXT: November 7, 2018: The Split between Judaism and Christianity

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.

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: 

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.