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Adult Education Programs

Sunday Mornings: Christian education for adults, the Sunday seminar, is offered at 9:00 am Sundays from September through May.  Adults discuss and reflect on a variety of topics to strengthen their relationships with God and one another.  We’re always looking for ways we can discern God’s presence in our daily lives, and we welcome suggestions for new topics of discussion. 

Recent discussions have included the Jesus Priorities, Books That Didn't Make the Bible and Why,  How God's Grace Makes Us Just, and Imagine Your Life Without Fear.  (Other topics that have been covered are listed at the bottom of this page.)  For more information please contact our rector, the Reverend Ann Barker, at 703-671-6834.

 

Sunday Evenings:  Education for Ministry (EFM) is a program developed by the School of Theology of the University of the South (Sewanee) to provide a comprehensive theological education for adults.  There are no exams or papers to write.  Students sign up for one year at a time and take summers off.  Those who complete EFM have covered Hebrew Scriptures (Year 1: Old Testament), Christian Scriptures (Year 2: New Testament), Church History (Year 3), and Modern Philosophers and Theologians (Year 4).  St. John's multicultural EFM seminars meet 6-9 pm Sunday evenings, September through May, and draw participants from throughout the metropolitan area.  Contact Beth Cavey at efm@stjohnsarlingtonva.org, .

Midweek: Special classes and discussion groups led by the rector, seminarian, and parishioners, as announced.

Preparation for Church Rites:   Classes for Baptism, Confirmation, Reception into the Episcopal Church, and Re-affirmation of Baptismal Vows.  Please contact our rector, the Reverend Ann Barker, at 703-671-6834 for more information.

Children and Youth Education Programs

St. John's offers active and varied educational programs for children from age three through high school.  For the details please go to our Family Programs page by clicking here.

Past Adult Education Classes

Some of the adult classes we have offered in the past include*:

  • Boundaries
  • Women of the New Testament
  • Celtic Spirituality
  • Theology: The Basics
  • Parables
  • Revelation
  • Speaking of Sin
  • Friedman’s Fables
  • What Can We Learn from the Christ Child?
  • Nicene Creed
  • Why Do We Do That?
  • Episcopalians 101
  • New Testament Gospels
  • Difficult Bible Passages
  • How to Read the Bible
  • Reading the Bible Again for the First Time
  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace
  • Spiritual Gifts
  • The Ten Commandments
  • The Monday Connection
  • Heaven
  • Saints
  • St. Francis and Saint Clare
  • The Spanish Mystics
  • Psalms
  • Introduction to World Religions
  • Religion in China
  • Canon, Creeds and Episcopacy
  • The Seven Deadly Sins
  • The Virtues
*Some of these classes are named for book on which they were based.