Adult Education
Adult Formation at St. John’s includes Adult Forums offered on Sundays at 9:15 a.m., Book discussion groups throughout the year, Inquirers’ Classes, Advent book studies, and Lenten midweek programs.
  • Adult Forums have included guest speakers on current topics where faith is discovered in the secular; video series offered through The Episcopal Church such as “The Way of Love”; a video series entitled “The Story”; Report of the Annual Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, Report of The General Convention.
  • Book studies have included Debby Irving’s Waking Up White; The Pilgrim Series: A Course for the Journey—a series from the Church of England; other courses from the same series covered The Eucharist and Church and Kingdom; Rachel Held Evans’ Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again.
  • Lenten Series have included speakers from the Connecticut Council of Interreligious Understanding, a local Rabbi speaking about anti-Semitism, planned lay and ordained Episcopal speakers on racial healing, justice, and reconciliation, speaker on religious architecture.
  • During Advent, parishioners were invited to write a reflection for the Season of Advent based on Holy Scripture. These reflections were offered daily via the St. John’s electronic news.
  • Men’s book discussion group – On Saturday mornings, this group gathers to discuss various books they have selected to deepen their spiritual journey with authors like Henri Nouwen. They gather to build community, support one another in faith and learn from their books and each other.
  • Inquirers’ Class – held periodically through the year for those interested in formally joining the Episcopal Church or wanting to know more about the Episcopal tradition. Discussion includes familiarity with The Book of Common Prayer, important history of the Episcopal Church, our governance, our liturgy, and what makes us unique in our Christian faith as Episcopalians who are part of the wider Anglican Communion.

October: Adult Forums

Parish hall |9:15 a.m. – 10 a.m.
October 10
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS | ESSEX TOWN PARK

From kittens to chickens, guppies to puppies, our clergy will be BLESSING all pets great and small. This event celebrating the Feast of St. Francis is open to the entire community, so come and enjoy this wonderful annual St. John’s tradition. A short liturgy will be led by the clergy followed by individual pet blessings. Each pet will receive a lovely St. Francis medallion for their pet collar.

*If inclement weather conditions occur the service will move into the Undercroft.

October 17
The way of love

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. Join Rev. Kate Wesch and Deacon Geof Smith as we explore these ancient practices of our faith together.

October 24
The way of love

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. Join Rev. Kate Wesch and Deacon Geof Smith as we explore these ancient practices of our faith together.

October 31
diocesan convention recap with delegates and clergy

At our recent Annual Meeting, we elected delegates to attend Diocesan Convention. This year, Convention is happening online on Saturday, October 23. St. John’s delegates include both clergies; The Rev. Kate Wesch and the Rev. Geof Smith. Elected delegates attending this year include Gerri Smith and Anne Littlefield. Chris Woodside is our alternate delegate. Suzy Burke is also a delegate because she serves on the ECCT Mission Council.

Decisions made at Convention have an impact on our local church and we are excited to tell you all about it! This forum will include information about resolutions passed at the convention, diocesan news, and an update from the Bishop’s Transition Committee as we prepare to elect a new Bishop Diocesan in May 2022.

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860-767-8095

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