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.

Read Through the Bible:

A 2-Year Plan

A Message from Pastor Kate:


Some of you may have read through the Bible more than once in your lives; others of you have only read bits and pieces. Some (like me!) may have tried to read the Bible cover-to-cover and gave up halfway through Leviticus.  


Whatever your prior experience with Scripture, reading the Bible and increasing our familiarity with its words is a foundation of faith for all Christians and particularly for us as Methodists. Scripture is one of the four sides of the “Wesleyan Quadrilateral” and a primary way in which we discover anew God’s grace for us.


Pastor Pat and Pastor Kate are offering the entire congregation the opportunity to read through the Bible together over the next two years, using a plan developed by Dr. Steven Witmer of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. 


Each month, the pastors will offer an open Q&A session over Zoom where you can discuss the readings, ask questions and share your discoveries with other members of the congregation.  To participate, email Pastor Kate no later than the day before the Q&A session to receive the Zoom link!


Click the button for the *pdf chart showing the daily reading schedule for May 2022. This schedule is also available in the Epistle newsletter.


READING SCHEDULE


Here are a few of Pastor Kate's tips to keep in mind as you journey with us:

  • Do your best to read each section fully, but keep a journal where you write down a “best thought” from each day’s scriptures. This will help you remember what you’ve read and will be a great aid for our monthly discussions!
  • Pray as you go! I often am prompted to pray for a particular person or situation as I study Scripture; instead of waiting until the end of my study time, I just say a quick prayer right away and keep reading. Listen for the nudging of the Holy Spirit as you read God’s word!
  • The readings are different lengths; some longer, some shorter. Plan to spend the same amount of time every day with your reading. If it’s a short one, take the time to meditate on phrases that strike you, or read again in a different translation than you usually use.
  • As you read, ask yourself: “How do I live out the heart of this Scripture?” James 1:22 tells us to be “doers of the word, and not hearers only.” How is God calling you to live differently as a result of what you’ve read?

Virtual Study Groups

Drop-in ANytime or Join Now!

During most of the programming year, we offer two or more adult study opportunities each week. All of these studies are designed to no-prep, no-stress, and free-of-charge (some with optional study guides available for those who wish to dig deeper). 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, please contact the Minister of Spiritual Care and Formation, Dr. Meg Baker, at mbaker@stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933, ext. 104. If you are interested in setting up an independent small group for study, prayer, or support and would appreciate some guidance, Meg is also available to help you get started.

  • The Lord's Prayer

    Wednesdays at 4:00 PM

    6 week study

    Beginning April 27

    Last session June 1


    The Wednesday Study group will embark on a new study, The Lord’s Prayer: The Meaning and Power of the Prayer Jesus Taught


    Most Christians know the Lord’s Prayer by heart; we pray it often. But do we really understand and appreciate the meaning and power of its words? Pastor and renowned author Adam Hamilton guides us to really know — and really pray — the Lord’s Prayer by examining each of its rich lines, exploring their meaning, and illuminating what we ask of God and of ourselves through its words. 


    Look for sign-up and Zoom link information in the weekly email newsletter or contact Meg Baker at mbaker@stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext 104.

  • Second SAturday Bible Study

    Second Saturday of Each Month

    Coming up: May 14, 2022

    10:00-11:00 AM


    We are once again offering Saturday morning Zoom gatherings featuring the videos, studies, and podcasts from The Bible Project (www.bibleproject.com). All are welcome! The group meets from 10:00-11:00 a.m. (please note earlier time!) via this Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86967492600


    For more information, please contact Dr. Meg Baker at mbaker@stpaulsk.org, 301-933-7933 ext. 104. 

Taste & Sing

On Break Until September 2022!


If you wish to attend, please contact Meg Baker (mbaker@stpaulsk.org, 301-933-7933 ext. 104). Walk-ins are welcome, but your RSVP helps us plan!


The April gathering will feature an Easter hymn sing.


We invite everyone to this monthly gathering of music, prayer, and lunch. We open with an opportunity to share in singing a few of our favorite hymns, then move into a short program focusing on a composer or lyricist so we can learn more about the stories behind the hymns. No musical experience needed! 


Our praying, playing, singing staff lead this time of fellowship and song. Stay for a tasty lunch provided by Ginny Hagberg. 


There is no registration and no cost to attend, although donations for lunch are welcome.

Helpful Bible Guides and resources

The American Bible Society provides many free Bible resources to help you engage in God’s Word and encounter the God of the Bible. 


Opportunities abound on their website, https://bibleresources.americanbible.org, where you can subscribe to the Daily Bible Reading and access topic-specific resources, such as Bible background and context, practical applications for daily life, and short studies on each book of the Bible. Helpful tools are also available, such as “Getting the Most Out of Your Bible Reading,” which offers tips and prompts to deepen your reading experience. 


Allow the Scriptures to speak to you as you read the Bible each day. Engaging in regular “dialogue” with the biblical text reveals new understandings about God, and about yourself.


Click HERE to download the most recent Daily Bible Reading Guide. The two-page layout is designed to be printed and folded as an easy-to-carry pamphlet.

The Upper Room

St. Paul's continues to receive our usual shipment of paper copies of The Upper Room daily devotional guide. 


If you would like The Upper Room mailed to your home address, or know someone who would, please contact Erin Steele at stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org and provide the name, mailing address, and whether you prefer the pocket-size or large print version.


To receive a single copy without being added to the on-going mailing list, please 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.

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 a 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.