Roanoke VA

Opportunities for Adults

Sunday School: It’s not just for kids anymore!

What St. John’s call “Sunday School” is nothing like what your grandmother would have called “Sunday School.” Adults come together week-by-week to learn, to challenge each other, and to have stimulating conversations about the Bible, theology, church history, and contemporary society. We have explored the Old Testament narrative; we have looked for spiritual meaning in film and music; we have discussed the once-dangerous heresies; we have read C. S. Lewis; and we have plumbed the depths of our faith. We come together to learn, to challenge each other, and to have stimulating conversations in which divergent views can be respectfully shared and heard. We walk together the journeys of life and faith by talking about the things that matter. Be a part of the conversation!


Whether you come for Christian education on Sunday morning or evening, we offer thought-provoking classes led by clergy and lay leaders. Want an example of what you might encounter? Click here to see a power point of “Christmas Before Consumerism” by Dr. Jennifer Berenson, religious studies professor and Associate Dean at Roanoke College.

Sunday Morning Classes
Sundays, 9:00  - 9:45 a.m.
(Parish Hall)

Stories of Pilgrimage
September 10, 17 
St. John’s parishioners and clergy talk about their summer journeys to the Holy Land, England 
and Appalachia.
Holy Living, Holy Dying
September 24, October 1, 8  
Conversations about life and end of life, from the spiritual to the practical, led by Dr. Tommy Morel, a palliative care physician, and the Reverend Mary Mackin.
The Church Turned Upside Down: The Reformation at 500
Led by the Reverends David Olson and Eric Long
October 15 Martin Luther and a Church Door
October 22 A Middle Way: The Reformation in England
October 29 Reformation Now
Radical Ministry, Radical Grace
An exploration of the work of the Reverend Nadia Bolz-Weber
November 5 Addiction and Healing in the Community of Faith, 
led by Jeff, Jeannie, and Alex Wilson 
November 12 Accidental Saints: Sacred, Human Connections 
November 19 Cranky, Beautiful Faith: A Debrief
From the Organ Bench
November 26
Minister of Music David Charles Campbell talks about the historical 
musical traditions of St. John’s.
Annual Parish Meeting
December 3
125 Years at Elm and Jefferson
December 10 Changing our Corner of the World: St. John’s First 125 Years, led by Jane Coulter, Earl Shumate and Gates DeHart
December 17 What Next? A Panel Discussion About the Future of Our Church

Journey Groups
Sundays during the program year, 6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
(Parish Hall)

This fall, connect with a small group over the course of nine weeks — share spiritual and life journeys with other parishioners in one of our new small groups! Knitting and the Book of James study group meet on Wednesday evenings; come on Sundays to the Gathering at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday Supper at 5:45 p.m. and stay for one of our other groups, 6:15-7:15 p.m. The child care center is open and youth group will also meet during this time.
Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.
The Book of James
Knitting Fellowship
Sundays at 6:15 p.m.
Centering Prayer 
Faith and Fun for Children and Families
Nadia Bolz-Weber Book Group
Writing Our Faith
Caring for Caregivers