Candlelighters Class, Sanctuary Building S-105

Established in 1956, the Candlelighters class is a group of very active older adults, age 70+. Members are involved in many different aspects of the church community: Choir, Worship, Mission, Community Outreach, and Bible study. A variety of lessons are offered, some given by class members and others by invited presenters. Socials are held regularly and members provide support within the class when members are in need. Visitors and new members are always welcome.

Centering Prayer, Jones Building J-203 (meets at 8:30 a.m.)

This ancient form of contemplative prayer provides periods of silence for individuals and groups to listen for the holy.  Consenting to the presence and action of the Divine in one's life is a powerful, transformative practice.

Journeys, Sanctuary Building S-312

The Journeys class brings class members with diverse backgrounds together to thoughtfully discuss a wide range of topics that impact their faith and their relationships with God and each other. The class relies on a speaker led discussion format to investigate a wide variety of topics, including Bible studies, clergy speakers, book studies, and exploration of current and historical events. Recent topics include: parenting adult children; religion vs. spirituality; the Apostles Creed; and the history of the Holy Land. Most class members are married and have children ranging from middle school to adult. The class supports outreach projects, enjoys their annual Christmas party, and has social functions.

Living Faith, Jones Building J-220

We are a welcoming group of couples and singles, mostly in our 30s and 40s, many of whom have children. We meet weekly on Sunday mornings for fellowship, thoughtful study, and sometimes snacks. Classes are led by class members, clergy, and guest speakers. We enjoy studying faith-based topics, engaging in open, lively discussions and supporting each other along life's journeys. Family-oriented and adult social events help us connect outside of class.

Living Room, Sanctuary Building S-109

This class for young adults in their 20s and 30s aims to be an environment where newcomers and regulars all feel welcome (like a living room) as we explore faith and living together. Topics are curated by the class and led by both clergy and fellow young adults. Previous topics have included the life and theology of St. Paul, faith and art, and spiritual disciplines.

Ordinary Life, Jones Building - Fondren Hall

This is a large class taught by Dr. Bill Kerley , a counselor and one of St. Paul’s retired ministers. He gives a lighthearted approach to serious inspiration and motivation, emphasizing living life as it is…not as it “ought to be.” Most classes are lectures by Dr. Kerley, though occasionally with guest speakers and discussion.  Ordinary Life actively participates actively and financially in the many local and global mission and outreach opportunities at St. Paul’s. Members help with the St. Paul’s after-school mentoring and tutoring programs and regularly contribute through Kiva.org, a microlending organization. Class members gather monthly for Supper Club and Happy Hour.  Visit Ordinary Life at www.ordinarylife.org. Follow via Twitter@OrdinaryLifeNow or “like” the class on Facebook.  Average attendance is 130

Point of View Class, Jones Building J-204

This discussion group has been together for more than 10 years.  They like to talk, and they tackle a wide range of serious topics, often springing from current issues in the news.

“Contemporary theology” is a good description of their studies.   With several videophiles in the class, they often view and discuss recordings of religion-related television presentations such as Religion & Ethics.  They also have studied the Living The Questions and Eclipsing Empire video series in their discussion format.

POV Forum provides outreach support to the Emergency Aid Coalition throughout the year and has periodic social gatherings.

Roundtable, Sanctuary Building S-301

The class seeks to apply Biblical truths to their everyday lives through an in-depth and careful study of the Bible. The class is taught by John Feather in a generally lecture format with open discussion by the class members, who are from varying backgrounds and perspectives. John Feather has taught the class for more than 25 years! Additionally, many of the members of the Round Table class have been members for over 20 years.

Comprised predominantly of married and single empty nesters, class members gather periodically in small groups and for holiday celebrations in their homes and restaurants. Roundtable members also supports a variety of initiatives important to them. There include the Emergency Aid Coalition, the Wesley Community Center of Houston, Fisher House, Amazing Place, and missionaries in China and Honduras. Fellowship activities include quarterly social or business meetings.

Special Studies, Jones Building J-211

This class takes an insightful look at religious books and videos and holds stimulating open discussions on their relation to current issues. Open to all ages, everyone's viewpoints are welcome and respected. Some recent books have included "Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther" by Ronald Bainton, "The Lemon Tree" by Sandy Tolan, and "Jesus Symbol of God" by Roger Haight.