Education

Grow

Teens on pilgrimage in France.

At St. John’s you will find a rich array of opportunities to grow through spiritual education and formation, spanning lively discussions, Bible study, parenting seminars, pilgrimages, and much more.

Learn more below about growing through education at St. John’s. You’ll also find upcoming topics and special educational events in our Crossroads newsletter, our calendar, Sunday bulletins, and our Facebook page.

Opportunities for Education (click on each to learn more)
  • Adult Forums on Sunday Mornings

    Sundays, 10:10am in the Parish Hall

    “Create and invigorate.” Held during the church school hour, our forums are open to all adults. We share 50 minutes of education and conversation to enhance their spiritual and intellectual life of the parish (generally from mid-September through early June). For upcoming topics and speakers, see the members page or recent events and news listings. 2016’s fall forums are from St. John’s Vision Pillar Teams, focusing on St. John’s “core four” areas of growth – Worship, Grow, Build Community, and Make a Difference. Contact Betsy and Joe Samuel, parishioners.

  • Archives (St. John’s History)

    Learn more about the story of St. John’s through exploring documents of our history and life together. Contact: Cathy O’Donnell, parishioner.
  • Bible Study

    Wednesdays, 10:30am in the Lounge

    “Exploring Scripture as God’s light for the journey.” We meet to discuss the day’s Bible lessons, including how they apply to our lives. Contact Toni Hartman, parishioner.

  • Confirmation Classes

    Adult Confirmation Classes are offered each Lent for those who want to be baptized into the Christian faith, confirmed into the Episcopal Church, or just explore Christianity and the Episcopal Church in more depth. Click here to learn more about teen Confirmation Classes offered as part of the Journey to Adulthood program. Contact the Clergy.
  • Church School for Children and Teens

    We offer Sunday morning classes for children and teens from preschool through high school, at 10 am during the school year. All children are welcome. Learn more.
  • Education for Ministry (EfM)

    Monday and Wednesday evenings

    Learn the core curriculum of the seminary in this three-year EfM Program facilitated by teachers from outside of St. John’s. Created by the University of the South (Sewanee), EfM uses the events of participant’s lives as source materials for theological insights. It is a joy-based exploration of ideas that accepts you wherever you are in your faith journey. Enrollment is required. Contact Barbara Ordway or the Church Office.

  • Library

    “Check out God in the Library.” The library features more than 2,000 books and learning materials exploring the three cornerstones of the Episcopal Church: Scripture, Tradition and Reason. The library is self-serve and open to Parish anytime the building is open. Donations are most welcome! Click here for our book wish list on amazon.com. Contact Toni Hartman – library@stjohnsnorwood.org.
  • Inquirer’s/Membership Class

    All are welcome at St. John’s, but if you’re ready for a deeper commitment, consider becoming a member of St. John’s. Our Inquirers classes are held several times a year and explore what it means to be part of our community and giving of time, talent, and treasure. You can also choose to participate in our Liturgy of Welcome and brunch, an official welcome for new members. Contact the Clergy or the Church Office.
  • Parenting Education

    Sundays, 10am in the Lounge

    “Building connections among parents with children of all ages.” We organize a serious of parenting discussions during the Sunday school hour facilitated by professionals, including occasional outside speakers. Facilitators are trained social workers, psychologists, or psychiatrists. Contact Christine Hauswirth and Kathleen McNulty, parishioners.

  • Spiritual Practices

    Various dates and times

    “Exploring ancient and new spiritual practices together.” We plan opportunities for learning about and experiencing spiritual practices, such as Centering Prayer, Labyrinth walks, pilgrimages and retreats, and spiritually-rooted book discussions. The planning committee coordinates and takes turns leading these opportunities. All are welcome to events and planning meetings. Contact Toni Hartman, parishioner.

Click here to learn more about giving back by donating your time to help teach or plan our education programs.