Faith Formation

Advent Reads
As Jered discusses in his recent article in The Evangelist, we will undertake three separate but deeply important looks at the meanings of Holy Eucharist, Advent, and Incarnation through the lenses of three distinct books by three diverse authors:

St. John’s households with young children will receive a complementary copy of the Rev. Anna Ostenso Moore’s book. All members of the parish are encouraged to support local bookstores like Red Balloon Bookshop by purchasing copies of these three excellent books so that we can delve deep into this year’s Advent Reads together and support our neighborhood bookshops.

We never want anyone to be prohibited from participating in faith formation due to cost. A fund is available to help anyone with purchasing the books. If you need financial assistance, simply email Craig Lemming at If you would like to contribute to the fund, make an online contribution (select the fund “Non-Pledged Donation” and put “Financial Assistance: Advent Read” in the memo line) or mail in a check.

Faith Formation Advent Authors Series: Exploring the Holy Eucharist, Advent, and Incarnation
Come and meet the Rev. Anna Ostenso Moorethe Rev. Emily M.D. Scott, and the Rev. Dr. James W. Farwell in this Zoom series that will engage our faith community in rich conversations with the authors of the three books our faith community will be studying this Advent!  In a series exploring Yearning & The Eucharist, authors will join us on Thursday nights at 5pm to discuss the theology of their books, and on Sunday mornings at 9am to discuss how their books and Advent intersect.
Click here to register in advance and receive a Zoom link for the Thursday discussions.

Thursday, December 3 at 5pm & Sunday, December 6 at 9am:
The Rev. Anna Ostenso Moore discusses “We Gather at this Table”

Thursday, December 10 at 5pm & Sunday, December 13 at 9am:
The Rev. Emily M.D. Scott discusses “For All Who Hunger”

Thursday, December 17 at 5pm & Sunday, December 20 at 9am:
The Rev. Dr. James W. Farwell discusses “The Liturgy Explained” and portions of his forthcoming book, “The Eucharist: Understanding Christianity Through Its Ritual.”

Lectio Divina
This Advent, we invite you to connect with each other, with Scripture, and with God — through words and through silence. Lectio Divina is a form of prayer in which a group silently contemplates a sacred reading together. We will be holding three sessions via Zoom on Wednesdays in Advent. There is no need to register in advance. Everyone is invited to attend!
Wednesday, December 2 at 10am
Wednesday, December 9 at 2pm
Wednesday, December 16 at 6pm

Experiencing Advent in Your Home
There are several multimedia resources available to deepen your spiritual practices this season. Check out ECMN’s Advent at Home resource or follow along every day with #AdventWord.

Together, we will be exploring the Way of Love curriculum during the 2020-2021 church year. Watch Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s introductory video:

The Way of Love is a way of life. More than a program or curriculum, it is a return to the ancient pathways and Rules of Life that followers of Jesus have observed for centuries. They knew the power of commitment to a core set of practices – Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest – and the power of gathering in a small group where you find love and support for living into these commitments. If we hope to not only worship Jesus but to grow more like him and bear his redeeming love in the world, we can adopt a rule of life like the Way of Love and find a community with which to practice it.

St. John’s Faith Formation Commission is curating Sunday Faith Forums on Zoom that focus on one Love Practice per month. Click the button below to access the Zoom meeting room.

October 4, 11, 18, 25 – Introduction to The Way of Love + The Rule of Life
November 1, 8, 15, 22 – Turn
January 10, 17, 24, 31 – Learn
February 7, 14, 21, 28 – Pray
March 7, 14, 21, 28 – Worship
April 11, 18, 25, May 2 – Bless
May 9, 16, 23, 30 – Go
June 6, 13, 20, 27 – Rest + Live in the Way of Love

Click to Join Sunday Faith Forum Zoom Meeting Here.

Families with children, watch a recording of this week’s Godly Play story with Katie Madsen at 9 am on Sundays. Click here to join our “Faithful Parenting at St. John’s” Facebook group and watch the Godly Play stories.

Basics classes, covering the foundations of the Christian faith, the beliefs and practices distinctive to the Episcopal Church’s Anglican tradition, and what that all means for our life at Saint John’s, are every Sunday from 7-8 pm, April 19 through May 17. Click here to register, after registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining Basics Classes via Zoom. For more information on Basics classes, click here to contact Jayan Koshy.

Thursday Book Group will still meet at 10 am the first and third Thursdays of the month via Zoom. Click here to join the Zoom event. If you have any questions, please email the Rev. Craig Lemming at

Click here to view Habits of Grace with Presiding Bishop Curry. As we learn how to adjust our lives given the reality of the coronavirus and the request to do our part to slow its spread by practicing social distancing, Presiding Bishop Curry invites you to join him each week to take a moment to cultivate a ‘habit of grace.’

Forward Movement and the Episcopal Church Foundation offer daily lectionary based readings and reflections, including faithful parenting. Click here to view the latest Faith-at-Home Readings.

The Rev. Canon Katie Churchwell serves as a priest at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter. Click here to view her Pop-up Prayer. She welcomes seekers and doubters, spiritual and religious as we make our community together.

Click here to hear Bible stories and short bedtime prayers from “Tucked In: Bedtime Stories and Prayers with Episcopalians and Others.

Basic Classes

Saint John’s offers a 6-week course called Basics. These classes cover the foundations of the Christian faith, the beliefs and practices distinctive to the Episcopal Church’s Anglican tradition, and what that all means for our life at Saint John’s.

These classes aren’t just for newcomers to Saint John’s or the Episcopal faith! They’re strongly recommended for anyone preparing for the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, or Matrimony, and they are a useful opportunity for longtime parishioners to refresh their understanding of our tradition.

Basics are offered three times each year: Fall (starting around October), Spring (during Lent), and Summer (after Pentecost). 

Anyone may attend one or all sessions. The topics include:

  • Session One: Jesus & the Church
  • Session Two: Episcopal Identity
  • Session Three: Episcopal Authority
  • Session Four: Episcopal Worship and Spirituality
  • Session Five: Episcopal Temperament
  • Session Six: Episcopal Polity and Wrap-Up

In the end, all we do as Christians, Anglicans, Episcopalians, and members of Saint John’s is geared toward helping us be better disciples and followers of Jesus, and to equip us to serve God’s mission in the world. The Basics classes are designed to strengthen the foundation of this mission. 

For more information on Basics classes, click here to contact Jayan Koshy.

Small Groups

Our Saint John’s small groups are a place to go deeper into relationship with each other and with God.

  • We have a number of groups of 8-12 members who meet for spiritual support and a shared life of faith. Contact the Rev. Julie Luna if you are interested in joining one of these.
  • Our Men’s Group meets in the Fireside Room on the second Tuesday of each month. Men are welcome to drop in any time. Contact Josh Colton for details.
  • Our Young Adults small group is active and growing! The group meets one weekday a month for activities like trivia night, and also gathers for brunch after worship on the 3rd Sunday of each month. Open to everyone who identifies as a Young Adult. Contact Jayan Nair about the brunches, or get in touch with Kevin Seitz-Paquette to talk about all other young adult activities.
  • We have a new group for Young Families: parents and children (birth-elementary school aged). Contact the Rev. Julie Luna to join or ask questions.
  • A group for Women is starting this fall. Would you like to gather with other women once a month to share stories, listen to speakers, learn about each other, share your faith life, and build community?  Please let the Rev. Julie Luna know you’re interested. We’ll begin meeting as soon as we have enough interested people.
In our New Testament stories we learn that Christ is present when two or three are gathered to break bread and share stories in his name. Small groups at St. John’s are a fabulous way to engage in sabbatical time all year long; to step out of our lives briefly to share hospitality with others.  They are places where we are, truly, “Companions in Transformation.”


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