As a community that seeks to walk with Jesus in daily life, we honor all questions and value everyone’s journey. We may not always have all the answers, but we do have a desire to be in conversation with one another about important issues of faith, theology, and society. We offer regular opportunities for spiritual growth throughout the year.
The Children's Hour
We foster children’s growth and knowledge of God, faith, and the scriptures through a regular children’s learning time that runs from August through May. We seek to create an atmosphere that encourages questions and supports children in their learning process.
Throughout the year, St. John's offers opportunities for Bible study, theological reflection, moral deliberation, and the development of personal spiritual practices.We meet from 9:15 am to 10:15 am on Sunday mornings.
Some of the topics we have examined include:
Lunch and Learn
We organize Lunch and Learn opportunities throughout the year. Facilitated by experts in study and experience, these dialogues bring the church and community together to gain a deeper understanding of social issues and offer ways to respond faithfully. Topics have included:
Lectionary Bible Study
Pastor Nancy leads a Lectionary study every Tuesday 7 - 8 p.m at St. John's. Each week, we read and discuss the Scripture lessons for the upcoming Sunday. A second group meets downtown in the Healey building every Wednesday 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Monthly Morning Bible Study
A group of St. John's members meets virtually every Thursday morning from 7:30-8:30AM for faith formation and to discuss readings brought by Pastor Nancy and group members.
Communion for Children
Decisions about first communion are primarily made by each family in conversation with the pastor. Children may be ready and eager to participate at different ages. We welcome all children to the table. A class in communion instruction is offered for all children during Lent of their First-Grade year. They receive a Bible from the congregation at the Easter Vigil. For some children, this will be their first communion. For others, it is a deepening of their understanding of the sacrament. Parents are encouraged to speak with the pastor about these issues.
Confirmation, more appropriately titled “Affirmation of Baptism”, instruction is offered for young adults of middle-school age. Class meets monthly for 2 hours during the school year. This instruction is an opportunity for our youth to learn about and to claim the faith in which they were baptized.