Adult Formation

Each year, we offer opportunities for adults in our community to learn more about the Christian faith and to deepen their spiritual life. Below are this fall’s class offerings. Due to the pandemic, all classes and adult formation gatherings are currently offered virtually via Zoom. Please note the meeting days and times as some classes are offered on Sunday mornings while others are offered on weekday evenings. Meeting times and dates may change due to scheduling conflicts that arise, so feel free to contact the church office to confirm ( or 301-864-8880). Registration is not required, and all are welcome to attend and participate. 

Book Chat: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson

This series will be offered on Sundays, October 25th & November 8th, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m., via Zoom. To access this discussion via Zoom, please use the following link. A password is not required for this Zoom meeting.

We will continue our on-going exploration of the impact of racism in our society and in the Church. Using Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy, we will focus our discussion on the impact of systemic racism in our justice system.

Coffee & Theology Chats, Continued!

On three Wednesday evenings in October and November, from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., we will gather via Zoom for theological discussion and Q&A. Each evening, our discussions will explore a different topic. Click on the following link to access the discussions. No password is required.

Wednesday, October 7 – Anglican Communion
Wednesday, October 21 – The Book of Common Prayer
Wednesday, November 11 – High Church, Low Church, Broad Church – What?

The Bible, Art, & Poetry

In this class, we will read Bible stories, view paintings based on those stories, and read poems based on those paintings. For instance, we will read the story of creation in Genesis, view a painting of Adam and Eve by Albrecht Durer (16th C.), and read a poem by John Drury (20th C.) about that painting. Bringing art and poetry together with a Bible story will enhance and enrich your visual and emotional memory of the story. This class will meet via Zoom on Tuesday evenings, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., September 15 – October 27. To sign up for the class and receive the Zoom login information, please email Gerry Hendershot:

There will some lecture, but most learning will be by discussion.  Images of paintings and copies of poems with be distributed in advance and shown on screen in class.  During class there will be times for “free writing” and small group discussion in “breakout rooms.” Participants will write at least one original poem based on a painting about a bible story and share it in class.  Guidance will be offered on writing prose poems, haikus, and other short forms of poetry.

Schedule ( subject to change):

September 15: Introduction to the study of poems about paintings

September 22: Creation (Genesis 2-3; painting by Durer; poem by Drury)

September 29: Annunciation (Luke 1: 26-38; painting by Botticelli; poem by Szybist)

October 6: Prodigal Son (Luke 15: 11-32; painting by Rembrandt; poem by C. Dale Young)

October 13: No class (day after Columbus Day)

October 20: Supper at Emmaus (Luke 24: 13-35; painting by Velasquez; poem by Trethewey)

October 27: Share your poem based on a biblical story-painting you choose (from a list)

Join us tomorrow evening for a special All Saints' Day service of Evening Prayer on Zoom. We will welcome four new members into the parish and remember before God those who have died in the past year. The Zoom link is below:
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