Upcoming Bible Studies, Programs & Classes

Rector’s Bible Study: Genesis
Wednesdays, 10:30 am, Parlor
Genesis is a great story of stories, taking us from the origins of the universe to the falling of the Hebrew people into slavery in Egypt. Basics of Christian belief emerge from its pages, as well as riveting family sagas. Pick up an Interpretation Bible Study ($10) in the Heyward Hall Atrium.

Men’s Tuesday Morning Bible Study
The Men’s Bible Study will study the book of Daniel this fall. We’ll use a workbook, entitled, Spiritual living in a secular world. A permissive society, a power-hungry people, a nation without God. Daniel's situation in Babylon sounds quite a bit like our own. In the midst of such forces, how can we remain loyal to biblical values? How can we have a positive impact on those around us? This group meets Tuesdays, 7 - 8 am, in the Barr Center Dining Room. Breakfast is provided. All are welcome!


Wednesday Evenings this Fall
September 18 - October 30
Supper at 5:45 pm
Programs for children and adults at 6:30 pm
The Wednesday evening series for adults is Southern Literature and the Gospel. We’ll read short stories by Georgia’s Flannery O’Connor and Kentucky’s Wendell Berry to lead us into Christian doctrine and practical theology. Our first session is led by Bishop Henry Parsley, the retired bishop of Alabama, a gifted preacher and student of literature. Your clergy, USC faculty, and others will lead us in other sessions. A course packet of readings is available here, in the church and in the Heyward Hall Atrium. 

A look ahead:
September 18:  Belief/Practice: The Fall; Story: Flannery O’Connor, Greenleaf; Presenter: Bishop Henry Parsley
September 25: Belief/Practice: Compassion; Story: Wendell Berry, The Hurt Man; Presenter: The Rev. Nicholas Beasley
October 2: Belief/Practice: Grace; Story: Flannery O’Connor, Revelation; Presenter: Professor Larry Rhu

Scream Free Parenting Class 
Sunday evenings, September 29 & October 20
WANT A PEACEFUL HOME? This practical, effective guide for parents with kids of all ages introduces proven principles for overcoming the stress and anxiety of parenting, forged in the personal trenches of countless families. If you’re like most parents, you want to know you’re doing a good job raising your children. You want to feel like you can handle anything. You want to feel confident, competent, and hopeful for the future, for both your kids and yourself. (Oh, and along the way, you’d like a little peace, quiet, and respect as well.) All of the above are possible, even probable, if you can learn to become “Screamfree.”

· Couples and singles welcome; invite friends, open to the community. 
· Five (now two - come join us; its not too late) sessions to discuss each section of the book. 
· 5:30 pm supper, 6:15 pm program
· $10 registration fee covers cost of the book; available in the Heyward Hall atrium. 
· Purchase an electronic edition on your own if you are a device-reader.
· Child care and nursery care provided for preschool and elementary age children.

Monday Night Women's Bible Study: Jonah by Priscilla Shrier 
Interruptions. They're aggravating. Sometimes infuriating. But how we handle interruptions actually tell us more about ourselves. What do we do when God interrupts our lives? Many times, like Jonah, we run! Priscilla redefines interruption and shows that interruption is actually God's invitation to do something beyond our wildest dreams. When Jonah was willing to allow God to interrupt his life, the result was revival in an entire city. Video teaching by Priscilla followed by small group discussion. Join us Mondays, Oct. 14 - Nov. 18, 7 pm in the Dining Room. Cost is $15. Questions, contact Victoria Fleischer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. - Register Now

Confirmation Class for Adults
Our bishop visits St. John’s on November 17 to confirm and receive people from other parts of the Christian church. Classes meet at 9:30 on Sunday morning, October 13 - November 10. Watch for more information in our announcements.