This is a teaching and learning ministry that seeks to help people grow in the knowledge of God and live according to his revealed truth in their everyday lives. 


Catechism provides a context for daily devotion and for Bible Study. It forms the big picture through an in-depth look at the Apostles Creed, the Lord’s Prayer and the Ten Commandments. It offers a framework within which the Christian life makes sense.

You can expect lively discussion, systematic teaching, honest prayer, and weekly readings on central aspects of the Christian faith and life.  We trust that God will form us into his image and equip us to bless others.

If you have questions or are interested, contact Ben Roberts at ben@sjvan.org.

Catechists

Our catechists are trained and commissioned at St. John's to lead groups through the catechism, help them understand the basics of Christian belief, and consider how this impacts their daily life. They are leading catechism courses in a variety of contexts at St. John's that include retreats, home bible study groups, Sunday morning adult education, ESL groups, and Men's bible study. The courses vary in length and scope.


courses

This fall at St. John’s, we will be offering three streams of catechism, at three different times, starting September 29. Please register below to attend any of the following classes:

  • 9:00 am
    This stream is an overview course, which covers each section of the ACNA Catechism in 15 weeks, over the length of the year. Like the view from 30,000 feet, it will highlight the key landmarks and give a solid, big-picture view of the Christian life.

  • 11:00 am
    This stream is a seminar course, which seeks to move more slowly, covering the whole Catechism in two years. Like a road trip, this course gets a closer look by allowing more time for questions and exploration. This Fall it will begin by covering the Apostles’ Creed.

  • 5:00 pm
    This stream interweaves the Catechism with application. Slowest of the three, we’ll camp out on each of the Ten Commandments for two whole weeks. In the first week we’ll unpack the meaning of the commandment from Scripture and the Catechism. On the following week we’ll discuss how that Commandment plays out in our lives and in our city.