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.
All youth in middle-school through high-school are invited to learn more about our worship by participating as an acolyte (holding candles) or crucifer (carrying the cross) in our opening and closing processions. Older teens are eligible to serve the chalice at communion. Training and support are provided as are the white albs (robes) these ministers of worship wear.
On selected Sunday mornings, we meet to discuss current and relevant topics related to church organization and history, social policy, community issues, etc. On the first, third and fifth Sundays, we offer an Adult Bible Study from 11:30am until 12:30pm.
October 6 - 'Card Creations' workshop with Anna Bitterman at 11:30am
October 20 - 'The History and Context of Immigration Policies in Georgia' with Dr. Laura Emiko Soltis
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.