Changing Lives for God in Christ
Week of September 19 – Week of October 24
"Changing Lives for God in Christ" is our mission statement. But what does that really mean? How do we, at St. John the Divine, strive to accomplish this in our Church, in our ministries, in our daily lives? Join us in this five-week study as we explore the scripture, faith, and missional spirit that undergirds our church and the ministries that work in tandem to Gather, Grow, Go, and Give. With daily devotions contributed by 35 members of our community, and videos featuring lives transformed through participation and fellowship, we study the impact: what do we gain when we give with a generosity of spirit, and for God's glory?
On-site Sunday morning education returns on September 12 with a variety of opportunities for the whole family. Sunday morning classes will begin at 10:15 am
Adult Sunday School with Small Groups: The Gospel of Mark
September 12 – May 22 in the Hall Life Center
Faculty: Adult Sunday School Faculty
Live-streamed on YouTube
Please join us for our Fall 2021/Spring 2022 Sunday Morning Adult Education Program. We will be studying the Gospel of Mark.
Sunday School for Children
Nursery & Preschool - 1st floor: Nursery hours 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Grades 1 – 5 - Lower level
Sunday School for Youth
Youth Room 238
All middle and high schooler students are invited to gather together for Sunday school on Sunday mornings at 10:15 am in the Youth Room! We will spend our time playing socially distanced games and enjoying fellowship and Bible study. Email Emma Kastens for more information.
Youth Confirmation Classes
Youth Room 236
8th-grade students are invited in the fall to take a series of Sunday morning classes and related activities that lead to confirmation at a special service in the spring. Email Dan Gannon to sign up.
September 19 – October 24 in the Parlor
Led by Leigh Spruill and Kim Jameson
Visitors and new members are invited to get to know St. John the Divine and begin the formal membership process. Learn about the history of the Episcopal church and our parish and get to know fellow parishioners and the clergy. Email Kim Jameson to save your seat.
Parenting with Faith
September 12 – October 24 in Room 201
Faculty: Reagan Cocke
The Parenting with Faith class is for those with a child still at home under the age of eighteen or so. The class is for any parent, stepparent, grandparent, or guardian of children, whether they consider themselves to have strong parenting skills or are struggling; whether they are expecting their first child, are a single parent, or a step-parent.
More than any other, Jesus of Nazareth changed the world. Of that historic fact, there can be little doubt. This study of the life and ministry of Jesus will examine the timeline of his life, the breadth of his teachings, and the significance of his deeds. Like everyone that met him during his earthly ministry, we will be seeking to answer the pressing question "who is this man?"
Throughout the centuries, artists have illustrated Jesus’ life, focusing on key events in the Bible, which was very important in a world where few people were literate. Join Melissa Grobmyer in this 9-week course that will focus on the key events of Jesus' life, from Advent to Pentecost and the early Church.
Love and Law: Rejoicing in the Torah
November 14 – December 19 in Room 208
or through The Teaching Center
Faculty: Dr. Ida Glaser
Dr. Ida Glaser shares insights she has gained into Torah – not just into the meanings of particular stories and laws, but into the whole Torah. What is it? What is its purpose? How does it all fit together? From the loss of fruitful Eden to the edge of fruitful Canaan, with the day of atonement right at the center. Celebrate God’s love in Torah with me, and learn to love his law!
Draw Near: Hebrews on Christian Worship
August 24 – November 9, 7:15 – 8:30 am
Available by Zoom, the SJD Teaching Center, and in the Parlor
Companion book available for purchase in the SJD Bookstore
Faculty: Charlie Holt
Let's face it, the Christian life is hard. Relationships take work. Christians forget. Sometimes it is tempting to go back to the days when God was not the center of our lives - to backslide. We all are faced with tremendous pressures to drift away from intimacy with Jesus and the community of the church. However, the Lord invites us to pay attention, to move forward, to draw near, and to live lives of worship.
Hope of Glory: Ezra and Nehemiah
Begins Thursday, September 16
On-site lecture Thursdays, 9:30 am in the Hall Life Center
In-person small groups will be at 6:00 pm Tuesdays in the Chapel, Wednesdays at 7:30 pm for young women, and 10:30 am Thursday mornings including a group for young mothers (childcare available on Thursday mornings). We will also offer Zoom small groups for our women who are unable to attend in person.
Reagan Cocke's Lunchtime Bible Study
David, the Unexpected King: 1 & 2 Samuel and the Psalms of David
Tuesdays at 11:30 am beginning September 21 in Room 201
Faculty: Reagan Cocke
A long-time favorite study, Reagan's Lunchtime Bible Study returns on Tuesdays this fall. Reagan will be teaching on the life of David (1 & 2 Samuel and the Psalms of David). Bring your lunch - all parishioners are welcome!
Young Adults Study
Tuesdays 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Join the Young Professionals and Young Adults for weekly dinner, bible study, and group discussion. Make friends, deepen your relationship with God, and learn more about the bible. Email Tori Gilliland for address.
The Daring Way
Wednesdays, September 8 – October 27 in Room 201
Faculty: Reagan Cocke
In The Daring Way curriculum created by Brene Brown, Reagan Cocke will lead you through her research, looking at the issues of shame and vulnerability in our culture and how they impact our lives. He spent a week in February training with Brene Brown and her team to become a licensed facilitator. He will also bring in the healing power of the cross where shame and vulnerability meet.
In this second course of St. John the Divine Core curriculum, this study explores the founding of the early church as it unfolds in the Book of Acts. The theology and individual books of the New Testament are set in their historic context. This twelve-week course will help you to understand how the New Testament works!
The Art of Marriage
Available for self-study through the SJD Teaching Center
God can turn any marriage into a masterpiece. Every marriage is unique, expressed by the colorful personalities of each spouse and textured by the circumstances at play in their lives. Blending these to make marriage work is a divinely inspired art form — challenging to master but definitely worth the effort.