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.
Starting JANUARY 8
Please join us for weekly study. We will be guided by “Who Are We as a People of God?” This study series, developed by the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the UMC, seeks fresh insights into the nature of God and explores the journey toward liberation. Discover what it means to live out of the fullness of our identity in God and bless multitudes as a result. Feel free to participate on a drop-in basis! For more information, please contact Meg Baker, Director of Christian Education.
Our FaithFlix series will return in January 2020 on Sunday afternoons starting January 12. Join us for a time of food, film, and friendly conversation in the Parlor on Sundays, 11:45 am–12:45 pm.
Our film series this month will look at the ideas of influential author C.S. Lewis as found in his classic work Mere Christianity.
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 led by Joe Mangin or another member of our team of education leaders under the leadership of Dr. Meg Baker, Director of Christian Education. No prep, no stress, no registration – just come as you are able!
Dates for 2020:
January 21, February 18, March 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 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.
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.
Our annual series of short-term Fall Supper & Study adult classes met September 10 - October 15 on Tuesday nights. Our long-term Disciple I class will continue to meet throughout the 2019-2020 program year. We look forward to offering another series of 6-week adult classes with a dinner option this Spring!
Classes for Fall 2019 were:
- 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
- Galatians & Romans: Bookends to Paul's Ministry (6 weeks), led by Bob Nordstrom
- Disciple I (32 weeks), led by Rev. Adam B. Snell
Please contact Meg Baker, Director of Christian Education, if you have any questions.
Christian Faith 101 meets this fall on Tuesday mornings, beginning September 3.
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. For additional information or if you are interested in participating in future classes, contact instructors Brian Walden or Therese Walden.
St. Paul’s offers many workshops, trips, and special opportunities throughout the year. Here are some of the things we've done recently:
October-November 2019: A special short-term class on Bible Study and Meditation, led by Meg Baker.
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.