Christian Education

Young Family Ministry

St. John is dedicated to the nurture and faith formation of persons of all ages. Although we are located in the heart of a wonderfully inviting retirement destination and thus enjoy the gifts of many talented and welcoming mature members, we love young families.


We offer Sunday School for children from infants to graduating high school seniors, and we do not suspend Sunday School in the summers. In addition to a class at the same time as the other Sunday School classes between services from 10:00 to 10:45 each Sunday, our Middle School and High members enjoy several special activities and outreach projects in their Episcopal Youth Community.


A nursery is provided, with qualified staff present, for infants and toddlers to age three. Older children are grouped in separate class as appropriate in accordance with the attendance each Sunday. Our worship services are welcoming to all children, so no separate care is provided for children over three years of age when services are in progress.


You can see The Younger Voice in the monthly newsletter. Download The Voice from the home page to read it.

EYC - Episcopal Youth Community

St. John has a very active EYC for 6th through 12th graders. Our Sunday School class is informal, with pillows for floor-sitting in a room we painted ourselves with flowers, stars, scriptures, and graffiti. We've watched videos such as The Nativity and Jesus Christ Superstar, begun a timeline of Christian history, and even used SpongeBob to illustrate the Seven Deadly Sins.

In addition to Sunday School, we meet monthly for activities that include outreach, just-for-fun, and everything in between. Annual events include a picnic and swim in Pisgah Forest, participating in Relay for Life to benefit cancer research, and Christmas shopping for local needy children. We also join in larger parish events, such as helping the Men's Club cook and serve breakfast and assisting the Outreach Committee with their 2017 Empty Bowls meal. On occasion the middle schoolers and high schoolers separate, especially for overnight events, but more often we combine the groups.


All that’s missing is you! Please join us!

Adult Sunday School

Adult Sunday school discussions are held between services at 10 a.m. in the Parish Hall library. Subjects for discussion and learning vary during the church year, and a variety of leaders will be presenting.

Come join us at on Sunday mornings. There are lots of miracles left to talk about!

Small Group Study

Study Groups: Women's Bible Study and a Book Study of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Discipleship are starting up. For more information, click here.

Being Christian: A Class for New and Old Episcopalians

Joining a church is no small thing. In church, we hear the Good News about Jesus being proclaimed. We taste and see that the Lord is good when gathering around the altar. Here we join with a community of people to share fellowship and life together. We are excited to announce a class for new and old Episcopalians. Maybe you started attending a long time ago but you were never confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church. Perhaps you have come recently from a different tradition and you would like someone to explain to you why we do what we do. Or maybe you would like to intentionally renew your faith and start anew in your discipleship. We have a class for you!


We will meet on Sundays at 3 p.m. under the Tent of Meeting starting on September 20 and continue for six weeks. Our bishop, The Rt. Rev. José McLoughlin, is scheduled to visit us on December 6 to confirm, receive, and renew the faithful. While it’s hard to predict exactly what we will be doing at that point for worship, Bishop José has said he looks forward to being with us one way or another. Here is what you need to know:


  • Anyone may take the class as a way of growing in faith.

  • The class is especially for new church members or new Episcopalians. Contact Leslie Stott in the Church Office at (828) 693-9783 if you joined the church over the last two years and have not taken a class.

  • Even if you transferred in from an Episcopal or Lutheran Church (ELCA) this year or last year, please contact the office.

  • The class is also for those wanting to renew their faith by receiving a special blessing from the bishop and for adults who want to be baptized.


We hope you will join us! Our community is all the richer because you are here. We would like to mark your presence among us.

St. John in the Wilderness


Street address: 1895 Greenville Highway

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 185

Flat Rock, NC  28731

Office hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

                       Monday through Friday

St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church, Established 1836