At St. John's, we strive to offer a number of different programs of interest to all ages - to educate, form and strengthen both our members and those in our surrounding community.
Each Sunday, from September through May, we offer some form of engagement for our youngest members. We have "busy bags" waiting at the front door for all children containing crayons and an issue of "The Sunday Paper" - a specially designed teaching page that follows the scripture lessons each week. On the first, third and fifth Sundays of each month, younger children are invited to join our Priest in Charge at the steps at the front of the church for a brief children's sermon. On the second and fourth Sundays, during the main service, children are invited to join adult leaders for Sunday School in the Hospitality Room just across the hallway from the Nave. Everyone comes back together at the exchange of the Peace, midway through the service.
We will re-start our weekly Bible Study next week on Wednesday, June 10 at 6:45pm. We will be using Zoom as the platform where we can hear and see each other during our reading and study. Reference notes will be provided, as in the past, and no prior preparation for the sessions is required. These sessions will be focused on the Gospel of Matthew, our primary source for gospel readings during this season after Pentecost.
Next week's Eagle Notes will have the link to the Zoom meeting and other information, such as meeting ID, password and/or call in number. We hope you will join us - please invite family, friends and neighbors to participate as well. Please let me know in advance if you plan to join so that I can get the study notes to you ahead of our first session.
On Wednesday evenings, we offer a Bible study that explores one of the books of the Bible or a related topic. Study notes are provided. Bring your own Bible or use one of ours. No advance preparation is needed.
Several times during the year, we offer a 3-hour class on the prevention of child sexual abuse. The course, entitled "Safeguarding God's Children," is produced by the Episcopal Church and provides valuable information for parents and community partners. Check our church calendar or call the parish office for the next scheduled training.