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.

Short-Term Adult Study

Our popular seasonal "Supper and Study" program will be unable to meet in person for meals and discussions together this fall. However, St. Paul's pastors will be leading two new studies so fans of this kind of short-term study can still engage with opportunities for focused learning and discussion. 


If you have never zoomed before, have no fear. Zoom allows for participation from your computer, by cell phone, or even by calling in from your home phone. Please contact the class leader or Dr. Meg Baker for assistance.

  • The Book of Nehemiah

    Led by Rev. Dr. Patricia Allen

    Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. via Zoom

    6 sessions

    October 6, 13, 20 & 27, and November 3 & 10


    Pastor Pat will lead this six-week Bible study on the book of Nehemiah. Nehemiah was a leader who faced opposition and difficulty from every side – even from his own people. Yet he stood against the enemy and trusted God. Although we may never confront our enemies in war, we can learn from Nehemiah's courage and faith as we struggle with the world and its values.


    Those who are interested should sign up no later than September 24:

    https://forms.gle/LZHjwePPteJFQZ5u6 Please email Pastor Pat at pallen@stpaulsk.org or Meg Baker at mbaker@stpaulsk.org if you have any questions.

  • Me & White Supremacy

    Led by Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton

    Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. via Zoom

    4 sessions plus independent study

    October 1, 15 & 29 and November 12


    Many of us found ourselves with a renewed focus on racial equity in the weeks following the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd earlier this year. We may want to do better about tackling our implicit biases – but how do we begin? Based on the viral Instagram challenge that captivated participants worldwide, Layla Saad's book Me and White Supremacy takes readers on a 28-day journey, complete with journal prompts, to do the necessary and vital work that can ultimately lead to improving race relations.

    Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton will lead a book discussion and accountability group to discuss our reading, our personal work to confront and dismantle racism in our own lives, and our commit to next steps for ourselves and our community. Participants must be available to attend all four sessions and be willing to complete each week's reading and journaling prior to each meeting.


    Those who are interested should sign up no later than September 24:

    https://forms.gle/sj6aCuzBGdSvLSTy8

    Please email Pastor Kate at kfulton@stpaulsk.org with questions!

Virtual Study Groups

Drop-in ANytime or Join Now!

Please consider joining one of our adult studies underway each week. All of these studies are no-prep, no-stress, and free-of-charge (some with optional study guides available). Participants may attend on a regular, occasional, or a drop-in basis. Each session is held through the Zoom meeting platform.


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. 


If you are interested in setting up another small group for study, prayer, or support and would appreciate some guidance, Meg is also available to help you get started.

  • Tuesday Afternoons

    Prayer & Listening

    4:00 p.m., Tuesdays

    September 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 and October 6

    Study guide by Jan Johnson


    Most Christians have experienced the "laundry list" phase of spiritual life, in which praying means giving God an agenda of needs to handle. But how do you move to having real conversation with God? How do you hear what God is saying back to you? How can you make your experience of God's presence part of everyday life? In this six-session Bible study, we will explore the disciplines of prayer and of practicing God's presence. Going deeper in these areas will help us to draw closer to God in everything we do. 


    The cost of the study guide is $10.


    To participate in this study, please sign up using this Google Form: https://forms.gle/9hFoDBokwhspdNHe6.


    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

    You Are Never Alone

    Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m. 

    September 9, 16, 23 & 30 and October 7 & 14

    Study guide by Max Lucado


    This six-session video Bible study is hot-off-the-press – just published September 1, 2020. In this study, bestselling author Max Lucado looks at the miracles of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of John, showing participants that they are stronger than they think because God is nearer than they know. Jesus' miracles reassure us that we are never stuck, forgotten, or without hope. Be comforted by the God who doesn’t think twice about stepping into the thorny thickets of your world to lift you out. This is the message of the miracles . . . that with God you are never alone. 


    To participate in this study, please sign up at the Google Form: https://forms.gle/A5odF5Sq8GXCqwh16.

  • SAturday Mornings (Coming Soon!)

    Bible Project's Church at Home Bible Study

    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

    Saturdays

    No text required


    This study uses the BibleProject’s Church at Home: Small Group Bible Study (https://bibleproject.com/church-at-home/).Each week’s session includes a brief audio talk, a short video about a biblical book or theme, and a time of interactive Bible study and discussion.


    Our topics for this month are: 

    September 5 Generosity: How did Jesus respond in a time of scarcity?

    September 12 Shalom: The Hebrew word for peace

    September 19 Ecclesiastes: the profound wisdom found in the book of Ecclesiastes

    September 26 Shema, the Hebrew word which means to listen


    All are welcome to participate in this one-hour, no-prep study weekly opportunity on a regular or drop-in basis. Please sign up here: 

    https://forms.gle/jkLdBzS8BegJspQJ8


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

The Upper Room

St. Paul's continues to receive our usual shipment of paper copies of The Upper Room. If you would like a recent copy mailed to your home address, or know someone who would, please contact Erin Steele at stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org or phone Meg Baker at 301-933-7933 ext 104.

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.