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.

Faith Flix

Faithflix meets weekly on Sunday afternoons through the month of January! 


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. 


For January, we will explore the work of New York Times bestselling author and Christian teacher Rob Bell.


Rob Bell is a former pastor and author of ten books, including the New York Times Bestsellers What We Talk About When We Talk About God, Love Wins and What Is the Bible?. Bell is the featured speaker in NOOMA – a series of short films. The title of the video series NOOMA is an English variation of the Greek word "pneuma" which means breath or spirit. All the videos feature the teachings of Bell accompanied by music written and sung by independent artists. His podcast, called the RobCast, was named by iTunes "Best of 2015." He’s been profiled in the New Yorker, toured with Oprah, and in 2011 Time Magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.  (adapted from https://robbell.com/about/)


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

The Wesley Challenge

Please join us for this 21-day challenge! Over the course of three weeks, we will reflect on John Wesley’s own twenty-one questions. The Wesley Challenge offers an opportunity to discover a deeper commitment to God – one that is authentic, vulnerable, and soul-shaping.  


Weekly DVD-based study sessions will be held in the Parlor on February 3, 10, and 17, 11:45 am - 12:30 pm.  


Whether you choose to participate in the weekly sessions, form your own group, or study on your own, St. Paul’s encourages you to take the challenge!  For more information, please contact Meg Baker at mbaker@stpaulsk.org or 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 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, 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.

ADult Sunday School

Taking a Break!

Adult Sunday School, led by Vern Schinski, usually meets on Sunday mornings, 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Parlor but we are currently taking a break! 


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

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: 


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.