A Community Together In Christ
Christ said “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another,” (John 13:35). But we must know each other to love each other! Periodically throughout the year, we plan fun, fellowship-oriented events for the whole congregation to enjoy – like pool parties, Pig Pickin’s, Salem Red Sox outings and Family S’mores Nights.
We also have a variety of regular gatherings that offer opportunities to fellowship and grow alongside one another.
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ACTS 2:42 NIGHTS
One of the most compelling descriptions of the early church in Jerusalem after the Day of Pentecost is provided by Luke in Acts 2:42 -
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”
The first believers devoted themselves, in other words, both to Christ and to one another. Following this example, our whole church devotes ourselves to the Lord and each other on the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00 to 7:30 at our “Acts 2:42 Nights.” Members of all ages gather at the church for a meal, the sharing of testimonies, mutual prayer and support, and fellowship.
During the first several hundred years of the church, those being drawn to Christ would enter into a long season of catechesis, or intensive spiritual training in the Christian faith. This one-to-three-year process would take place in preparation for admission into the baptized community of faith. It would allow the seeker adequate time to learn prayer, Scripture, doctrine, worship, service, and the fullness of a life in Christ
At St. John, we embrace this practice of spiritual formation for our Body. It is ideal for children, teens, and adults in all stages of their spiritual formation—from longtime followers of Christ, to those beginning their spiritual journey, and to those who are seeking.
Twice a year, we offer a period of catechesis, each one six weeks long. In a three-year cycle, we focus on the Lord’s Prayer, worship and liturgy, the Ten Commandments, the Apostles’ Creed, the sacraments and the great saints in Church history.
Our Catechesis is held over a catered lunch for one hour immediately following the 11:00 worship service. Teaching is age-specific for children, youth, and adults. Not only do these weeks provide rich periods of Christian instruction and faith formation, they also unite us in community and fellowship over lunch.