Adult Christian Formation Offerings

Adult Christian Formation Offerings

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Adult Formation for the Easter Season
The Rev. John P. Leach
Sunday mornings at 9:15 am
In person in the Parish House
April 25-May 16

During the Easter season, we will explore what characterizes the Jesus movement and the Early Church as described in the Acts of the Apostles.  We discover the practices of the apostles and those that followed them professing the faith of the Risen Lord. What were the teachings? What were the liturgical practices such as baptism? What were the conflicts to be resolved?  Our conversation will also include how these stories shape our current practices, liturgy and                        understanding of the church’s role in society today. 

April 18 – Characteristics of the Early Church
April 25 – Repentance
May 2 – Baptism
May 9 – Conflict
May 16 –  Possibilities for the Church today 

Framing our discussion will be the portion from the Catechism or Outline of Faith in the Book of Common Prayer which offers as basic description of the church as inherited in our faith tradition. 


St. John’s 2021 Wednesday Lenten Speaker Series
What is the Role of a Downtown Church?
Feb. 24-Mar. 24, 2021 via Zoom


For 2021, St. John’s will offer a modified Lenten speaker series.  Each week there will be a live Zoom discussion following a viewing of the pre-recorded conversation between John and  the speaker for the week.  The discussion with between John Leach & the speaker is pre-recorded, but the Zoom discussion is live.  The Zoom classes are Wednesdays at 6:30pm, from Febr. 24-Mar. 24.

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2021 Speaker List 

February 24 – The Very Rev. Barkley Thompson, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Houston, TX

March 3 – The Very Rev. Anne Maxwell, Dean of St. Andrews Cathedral, Jackson, MS

March 10 – The Rev. Scott Walters, Rector Calvary Episcopal Church, Memphis, TN

March 17 The Rev. Harrison McLeod, Rector of Christ Church, Greenville, SC

March 24 – The Rt. Rev. Glenda Curry, Bishop of the Diocese of Alabama


Liturgy: The Work of the People

Led by:  The Rev. Dr. Deonna Neal
Time: Wednesday nights from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm on Zoom
Dates: Wednesdays beginning Jan. 20, 2021
We have a new rector and we haven’t had communion since March.  In anticipation of returning to in-person communion services you might be wondering:  What might change?  What will remain the same?  Why? Also, under John’s leadership, we can anticipate a renewed emphasis on congregational participation and lay ministries.  To serve these ends, this course hopes to accomplish two major goals.  The first is to examine the different elements of the service of Holy Eucharist Rite II (BCP 1979) and recall the basic theological truths about God and the People of God that the liturgy communicates.  The second major goal is to pay special attention to the roles of 1) the congregation; 2) lay ministers; and 3) ordained ministers within the services to show why the word “liturgy” is literally defined as “the work of the people.”  The class will also include discussions on different ways St. John’s can emphasize welcoming, hospitable and inclusive practices through worship and liturgy.
Oct. 14, 2020 – Click here to view the recording of this class
Oct. 21, 2020 – Click here to view the recording of the class

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Adult Formation Class: 
What is a Vestry?

Led by:  The Rev. John Leach & The Rev. Dr. Deonna Neal
Time: Wednesday Jan. 13th from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm on Zoom

Adult Formation Classes resume Wednesday, Jan 6th at 6.30 pm via Zoom.  This first class will be a Special Rectors Forum to discuss the roles and expectations of vestry members, the new vestry by-laws, why there will only be six nominees on the slate for six open positions this year, and how in-person voting will be conducted at the annual meeting under Covid guidelines.
Every member of the parish is highly encouraged to attend this important class so John can explain the rationale for why some changes are taking place.  Deonna’s liturgy classes will resume on Jan 13th.

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Theologies for the Season

Led by:  The Rev. John Leach
Time: Wednesday nights from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm on Zoom
Wednesdays: Dec 2nd, 9th, and 16th @ 6.30pm on Zoom



The Rev. John Leach will lead a fun, lighthearted, and thoughtful discussion that explores the theological themes from popular seasonal works.  Films which will be explored include It’s a Wonderful Life, The Grinch who Stole Christmas, A Christmas Carol and Christmas Vacation. Drawing from these rich resources, the class will discuss how relevant theology is woven throughout popular culture.

Dec. 2 – It’s a Wonderful Life  Click here to view the recording of the class
Dec. 9 – How the Grinch Stole Christmas/Christmas Vacarion  Click here to view a recording of the class
Dec. 16 – A Christmas Carol  Click here to view a recording of the class 

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Transition to Transformation
Rector’s Forum , Sunday 9/13-9/27 at 6:00 pm via Zoom

For the remaining Sundays in September, John will lead a discussion on sharing the Good News in the midst of a transition. The series will begin with a chance to learn more about John, and then will consider how transitions may include nudges from the Holy Spirit.

September 13 – Who is John Leach? (Click here to view the recording of the class)

September 20– What if someone sits in my pew? (Change is hard) (Click here to view the recording of the class)

September 27 –  Do not be afraid. Follow me. (Things Jesus says) (Click here to view a recording of the class)

Led by The Rev. Jamie Osborne
Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm via Zoom, Sept 16-Oct 7

Vocation has typically been thought of as a call to religious life, but the truth is each of us is called to live for God in a particular way. What am I supposed to do with my life? How do we find out what our vocation is? Can we have more than one? What do we do if we feel we have missed our vocation?

This course will be a collection of interviews with four individuals with different vocations. We will explore the idea of vocation and see how unique and particular they can be for individual lives. We will gain insights for our own lives through the experiences of the following individuals:

Sept 16 – The Rev. Jackie Pippin – Air Force Chaplain (Click here to view a recording of the class)

Sept 23 – The Rev. Molly Short – Episcopal School Chaplain (Click here to view a recording of the class)

Sept 30 – Jason Stewart Sierra – Management Consultant (Click here to view a recording of the class)

Oct 7 – Sister Hannah – Episcopal Nun (Click here to view a recording of the class)

This course was a four-part series on Wednesday nights via zoom and Facebook Live.