Equipping the Saints, Lower Level of Heyward Hall

The Creeds, November 24 & December 8, 15, and 22
Materials are available at stjohnscolumbia.org

Each week in the Eucharist we say the Nicene Creed as a fundamental statement of our faith; at Baptism and in Morning Prayer, we say the Apostle’s Creed; but what do they really mean? Where did they come from and where did they lead when they were originally written? This class on The Creeds will take us on a journey through space and time to see our Nicene Creed as a kind of comet that originated somewhere in Judaism, followed a trajectory through the Apostle’s Creed to the Councils of Nicaea and Constantinople I, that swings through the outer space of the Chalcedonian Formula and beyond, only to return to a richer understanding of the creed that we say every Sunday. Who were the players? What were the issues that drove the players? Where was the intrigue and duplicity? What were the questions answered and those left unanswered? What were the causes and the consequences of the Church’s actions all somehow reflected in our creeds? Come with us on a fascinating journey of faith and human drama that might just result in our recitation of our creeds with a new sense of both mystery and clarity, awe and appreciation—and possibly even a new “peace that passeth all understanding.” The class is led by Jonathon Fletcher this Sunday.

Formation for Adults, Children and Youth this Fall

Formation for Adults, Children and Youth 
Join us for the Fellowship Breakfast at 9 am in the Barr Center before attending Sunday School.
Our menu this Sunday: Continental Breakfast. Our sponsor: Men of Saint John's. 
If you would like to sponsor or host a Fellowship Breakfast, visit our Giving Page


Youth and Children, 9:30 am
3K and 4K  Our youngest Sunday School students will participate in the Little Lambs curriculum, which allows them to explore scripture and their faith in an engaging, age appropriate manner. This class meets downstairs, across from the Children’s Chapel and nursery.
 
5K-2nd Grade This class will continue with the Holy Moly! curriculum, which combines video lessons with storytelling, activities, and discussion. Their teachers will help them understand how their lives relate to the scripture they read each Sunday. This class meets upstairs, in Room 226.
 
3rd-5th Grade Our oldest elementary students will use Episcopal Children’s Curriculum this year, which is new for St. John’s. This curriculum combines ongoing, progressive activities with games and challenges, and incorporates lots of interesting discussion. 3rd-5th graders will meet in Room 215 upstairs.
 
Middle School & High School Middle Schoolers & High Schoolers will meet upstairs in their respective youth rooms. There, they will engage in curriculum designed for students their age. Middle Schoolers will cruise through the New Testament, while High Schoolers are taking a “crash course” on the theology of the Holy Trinity.

 
Adults, 9:30 am - THIS SUNDAY - New Classes
 The Wired Word 
This class applies Scripture to current events in our nation and in the world. If you like discussing your faith in the context of the real world, with a small group who have a diversity of viewpoints, then you’ll love The Wired Word. Moderated by Brock Dillard; Parlor, main level of Heyward Hall.


Equipping the Saints
We begin a new series in Equipping the Saints, the class that meets in the Multipurpose Room. The Divine Economy will follow the Gospel of Luke's lead in asking us to consider our economic lives as venues for Christian discipleship. This Sunday, Fr. Beasley will introduce the series and lead a consideration of a theology of work. Is work a curse, imposed on Adam and his descendants after the fall? Or is work a blessed opportunity to share in the creative power of God? Come and see! ​

Adults, First Sundays of the month, following the 8 am service
Drive Through the Gospels: The Extraordinary Life of Jesus Christ
This series takes us on an adventure telling the  story of Jesus from the locations recorded in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Traveling to over 50 ancient sites in Israel, these action-packed episodes delve into the history, archaeology, geography, and art surrounding the birth, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Class meets in the Barr Center Dining Room. Breakfast provided.
Class is led by Davis Bourne.

Sunday School Offerings

Adult Formation

Summer Sunday School - Study the Lord's Prayer
July 28, August 4 and 18

 9:30 am, Heyward Hall, Parlor, Led by Fr. Beasley
A prayer of hope, of love, of peace! Explore with us the key phrases of this
treasure of faith, our best guide to biblical spirituality!
Join us some of the time or for the whole series.