Christian Formation

St. John’s takes discipleship seriously, and strives to provide all with the knowledge and tools needed for living out the Gospel. Offerings for children and adults include scriptural study, an orientation to Episcopal traditions and practices, engagement with current events and exploration of diverse theological viewpoints.

Saint John’s Sunday School aims to meet the developmental needs of the whole child where he/she is physically, emotionally, cognitively, socially and spiritually. Saint John’s teaching staff seeks to bring the good news of Jesus Christ and the love of God to children through music, art, games and story using a variety of resources. On Sunday mornings, during the Liturgy of the Word, children from preschool to grade 5 meet in two age groupings. Children in grades 6 to 8 meet on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month, at that same time, for a pre-Confirmation class. All children join the service at the Peace. We all share in Holy Communion, and remain together through the dismissal.

Youth, ages 13 and above, attend the Eucharist and meet as a group at scheduled times outside of Sunday morning. Outreach to those in need is emphasized as an important aspect of discipleship, and the Youth Group leads the way in our relationship with St. Mark's Saturday Soup Bowl in Philadelphia.

An All Ages service is held on the first Sunday of every month, with an order of worship that is accessible to people at multiple life stages. This is an important time for families to worship together, and for our younger members to begin learning to appreciate our liturgy.

Multiple formats for Adult Education are used at St. John’s. Topical programs are offered during the year to reflect the wide variety of issues that affect God’s people. Seasonal series are offered during Advent and Lent, as well as periodically throughout the year. Please check the calendar, or contact the church office, for current offerings.

The Rector also offers Inquirers' Classes for young people and adults who desire confirmation or reception into the Church. These classes are scheduled throughout the year in preparation for the Bishop's parish visit. Please contact the church office for the next class.

 

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