Deepening our life in Christ is an ongoing journey that continues through all of our lives. Adult Christian formation is all about living into the fullness of God. Christian formation is the process of growing in our relationship with God, self, others and all creation. It involves the planting of small seeds, the nurturing and watering of the ground of each of our lives, so that God’s kingdom can be evident in what we become. Christian formation is a process, not a one-time event. It involves the whole of our lives. When we study and learn scripture and our tradition and history, we become better able to see what God is doing in our lives, in our families, and in our world.
In 2016-2017, St. John’s Cathedral is offering numerous ways for adult Christians to grow and be formed. The Dean’s Forum will offer ways for each of us to learn about the ministries active at the cathedral and provide information and inspiration to become active, perhaps in new ways. In November 2016 we will hear about our changing post-modern culture and how that impacts the church and what challenges and opportunities are presented if we listen to the changes around us. We will learn more about scripture and tradition as we seek to understand how God works in conflict, how we can respond to the violence in our world, how spiritual disciplines and practices can nurture our lives and our world, how to practice our faith in our 21st century world, how our children face challenges growing up in this time and how we can all grow as children of God. On Wednesday evenings, we have the opportunity to learn about ourselves and grow closer to others in our church family through the Discovery series. New opportunities for becoming confirmed as Episcopalians or reaffirming our baptismal covenant will be available in the spring of 2017.
It is an exciting time to be here, to grow into ever greater relationship with God and all around us.
The Cathedral offers a variety of classes to draw you closer to God and enrich your Christian experience. These include workshops, Bible studies and regular program offerings. Below are our current offerings. On Sunday mornings adults can participate in a variety of offerings. Classes explore various subjects with talks by clergy or guest speakers. Various book studies, facilitat…Read More »
The Lectionary Bible Study meets on Thursdays at noon in Ingram Lounge. An informal and informative study of the next Sunday's scripture lessons is led by lay leaders. No preparation is necessary.
St. John's Cathedral is home to the "Institute for Christian Studies," offering workshops for members of all parishes in the Episcopal Diocese of Florida. Unless otherwise noted, classes run from 10a.m. to 3p.m. at St. John's Cathedral. The Institute for Christian Studies was created to help parishioners from throughout the Diocese of Florida strengthen the ministries of our churches.
Our Mission Statement
To reawaken an interest in Christian spirituality and to integrate mind, body and spirit by offering contemplative practices, classes, lectures, workshops and spiritual direction to foster connection, understanding and compassion for self, others and the mystery that beautifully and expansively holds us all.
The Quiet Garden Movement
The gardens at St. J…Read More »
Education for Ministry (EFM) is a 4-year theological education at-a-distance from the School of Theology of the University of the South. Commitments are made for one year at a time. Groups of 6-12 students meet with a mentor on a weekly basis with the goal of providing tools for an individual to better carry out their lay ministry. Complete studies of the Bible, church history, l…Read More »
This is a five-day retreat set apart for quiet prayerful creating/writing/painting of an icon in the Russian and Greek Byzantine styles. In quiet community, the group will learn the step-by-step tradition of bringing light out of darkness and order out of chaos. Each person will complete an icon. No experience in art is necessary, just a desire to learn about praying with and cre…Read More »
On the third Saturday of each month at 8 a.m. the men of the Cathedral gather for breakfast, worship, and Bible study. After a hearty breakfast the day is celebrated with the service of Morning Prayer to help us focus on our relationship with Jesus Christ. After worship we begin our study program. The programs focus on the written word of the Bible and how it can be incorporated …Read More »
This ministry is responsible for providing materials for the Cathedral's tract racks. Two tract racks are located on the Cathedral's premises: one outside of the Cathedral sanctuary and another outside of Cummings Chapel. Materials are obtained from Forward Movement Publications. Tracts are replenished on a regular basis with current material, as well as the Forward Day By Day booklet.