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.

We want to hear from you!

As we emerge from all-things-virtual this fall, St. Paul’s anticipates launching a few course offerings in the coming months, with some being offered in person and some online. We are considering resuming our Tuesday morning Lectionary Bible Study in person as well as our Supper & Study class series to begin in October. We want to hear from you about what offerings you would most likely participate in as well as what other opportunities you would like to see offered. 

Please click this button to go to our survey so we can gauge interest!


You may also share your ideas by reaching out to our Minister of Spiritual Care and Formation, Dr. Meg Baker, at Thank you!  

Read Through the Bible:

A 2-Year Plan

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 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.

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. 

During the programming year, the pastors will offer an open monthly 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, find the Zoom link in our Weekly Email Newsletter - click here. You can also email Pastor Pat no later than the day before the Q&A session to receive the Zoom link! 

The next scheduled Q&A session will be September 27.

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?

Taste & Sing

Tuesday, Sept. 20

12:00 noon

We are excited to come together again for Taste & Sing after a summer respite. Our casual time of food and song will be held at noon on Tuesday, September 20, in the Octagon (renovation permitting). 

We begin by singing a few favorite hymns by request, then we look at a particular composer and sing some of their hymns. Our time together culminates with a tasty lunch lovingly prepared by Ginny Hagberg. 

No musical experience is needed and 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.

  • Second SAturday Bible Study

    Saturday, September 10, 2022

    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

  • Wednesday Bible Study: Sermon Safari

    Wednesdays at 4:00 PM

    Through the month of September, our time together will take the form of a Sermon Discussion Group. 

    Each session will include viewing a particular sermon selected in advance by one of the group participants, and then discussing and responding to the message preached. For example: Our session on June 15 featured a sermon by Dr. Diana Butler Bass, a renowned author, preacher, and biblical commentator. 

    Come regularly or drop in as your schedule allows. To participate, 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.