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.

Lenten Study


This course will be taught by Mike McCurry in person at St. Paul's on Tuesday nights 7:00-8:15 PM, starting February 28, 2023.

In Luke: Jesus and the Outsiders, Outcasts, and Outlaws, pastor and bestselling author Adam Hamilton explores the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus as told in the Gospel of Luke. Through Luke’s stories we find Jesus’ care and compassion for all as he welcomes sinners and outcasts. As we study Luke and see Jesus’ concern for those who were considered unimportant, we hear a hopeful and inspiring word for our lives today.

The cost is $15 per person and includes a copy of the book.

Sign up by February 22 (Ash Wednesday). Enrollment will be limited to 16 participants to ensure comfortable space and conversation for all.

Click the button to register and pay online by credit card through our secure banking partners at Ministryworks/Clover Give. 

Lenten Class Registration

If you prefer to pay by check or cash, please use the sign-up form in the church office.

Stations of the Cross Sponsors

Seeking Individual and Group Sponsors for Stations of the Cross

For the last two years, St. Paul's has hosted a Stations of the Cross experience during Holy Week. 

Church groups as well as individuals and families are invited to sponsor a station in 2023, which involves assembling and maintaining a display based on this year’s theme. The Stations of the Cross experience is tentatively scheduled for the week of April 3-7, as we move through Holy Week toward Easter Sunday, although the exact dates it will be open have not been decided.

Those who wish to participate in this way should contact Meg Baker at by February 1.

Your RSVP will help us determine whether we will have enough volunteers to host a Stations experience again this year. 

Thank you!

Read Through the Bible:

A 2-Year Plan

An Invitation from Pastor Pat:

On January 1, 2022 we began a two year pilgrimage to read the Bible in its entirety. Along the way life has provided interruptions that have caused us to fall behind or abandon the journey altogether. If you added all of the catch up days together - you may feel there is absolutely no way to get back on track. Beloved, exhale.

We will continue our journey in a slightly different format in 2023. Each month a video and some reflection questions to guide your reading will be made available in the section below. Each quarter there will be a communal gathering for discussion and fellowship (the dates to be announced). 

This reading is intended to be a journey of discovery. So exhale, it’s a new year and a new opportunity to start fresh. The January video will be available Monday January 9, 2023.

~ Pastor Pat

Our pastors 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. Click the button for the *pdf chart showing the daily reading schedule for this month. This schedule is also available in the Epistle newsletter.


Here are a few 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! Instead of waiting until the end of the study time, 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?

Read-ThrU-The-Bible Guide for January 2023

Welcome to 2023! As we continue our journey through the Bible we begin this year finishing up the Old Testament books of Proverbs and the prophet Isaiah; delving into the book of the prophet Jeremiah; and returning to the book of Psalms. 

Please view the video below for Pastor Pat's short, customized video study guide, including some important historical context and helpful suggestions.

If you prefer to read the guide, here is the script Pastor Pat prepared: Study Guide for Jan 2023

As we look at the Book of Psalms and Proverbs we hear the sounds of wisdom, lament, praise and celebration manifested through the voices of God’s people, David, Solomon, and others. You are invited to reflect upon the following:

  1. How is the prophetic word of Isaiah and Jeremiah evidenced in current times?
  2. Are the words of God through these prophets sufficient to you to dismiss any question or concern as to whether political discussions are part of the responsibility of the church? If so, why? If not, why not?
  3. What do you think displeases God about the church today?


Taste & Sing

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

12:00 noon

We are excited to come together in-person for Taste & Sing! Our casual time of food and song will be held at noon in the Octagon. With Meg Baker on piano and Erin Steele as song leader, we’ll sing some hymns suggested by the group. Feel free to request your favorites! Then we enjoy a short lesson on a featured composer, lyricist, or theme, offering a deeper dive into the stories behind our worship songs. 

Our time together culminates with a tasty lunch prepared by Ginny Hagberg. 

No musical experience needed!

There is no cost (although donations for lunch are welcome). 

Drop-ins are welcome, but your RSVP helps us plan! Please contact Meg Baker at if you plan to attend.

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 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.

  • Wednesday Bible Study:

    The Heart That Grew Three Sizes

    The Heart That Grew Three Sizes


    November 30, December 7, 14, 21

    4:00-5:00 PM by Zoom

    This Advent study explores the faith themes in the Christmas classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! including, how did the Grinch’s heart grow three sizes come Christmas morning? How did Christmas save the Grinch? Could it be that the very thing we think we hate is the one thing that changes our lives? This four-week study invites us to look at a familiar classic through the lens of faith and see how Christ speaks to us through our culture. For more information, or to receive the Zoom invite, please contact Meg Baker at 

  • Second SAturday Bible Study

    Second Saturday of Each Month

    10:00-11:00 AM

    On the second Saturday of each month, we will have a morning Zoom gathering featuring the videos, studies, and podcasts from The Bible Project ( All are welcome! 

    For more information and the Zoom link, please contact Dr. Meg Baker at

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,, 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 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] or 301-933-7933 ext. 104.


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 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

$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 for more about this new museum.