Adult Programs

St. John's ministry programs cover everything from weekly Bible study to social groups for young adults. Review our different ministries below and see what interests you. New members are always welcome to join any ministry program at any point in the year.



If you are interested in knowing more about St. John’s and this community of faith, joining Luminaria is the right choice for you.
Luminaria is our entry program into St. John’s. It is how someone becomes a “member.” This involves so much more than a brief course on Reformation history, discovering where the bathrooms are and giving newcomers offering envelopes. Luminaria is a journey that intentionally seeks to open one’s mind and heart into the life of faith as people make their way into our congregation.
We believe it is how the church is supposed to be there for those new to the faith, or new to St. John’s. Members of Luminaria are called lumens and are accompanied by companions on their journey through the program. There are also several leaders that guide the journey and offer extra support.

If you are interested in learning more about St. John’s and this community of faith, find out more about Luminaria – the light of Christ that shines brightly in our midst.

Our Programs

Small Groups

Our small groups are short-term groups focused on the deepening faith, understanding and knowledge around a common book, Bible study or neighborhood community with the intention of building relationships and fellowship.

LLL Book Club

The Book Club meets on the 3rd Friday of the month at 11am in the church library. Books are chosen ahead of time, and the selections can be found on the church website. Everyone is welcome! 

Pub Theology

Our Pub Theology group for all meets the last Thursday of the month for fellowship and conversation. All levels of experience and skepticism are welcome and valued!

Dinner Groups

While St. John’s is a downtown/midtown church, its members come from all over the Greater Sacramento area. Dinner groups help to bring together St. John’s members and friends in their own neighborhoods to get to know each other, develop friendships, and support one another.


Women of the ELCA has three active circles at St. John’s: the Deborah Circle, the Esther Circle morning, and the Esther Circle evening. All women are welcome to join any group at any time. Meetings are held in different members’ homes and have Bible study and fellowship. WELCA donates time and money to local, national, and international organizations, and has participated in activities with other ministries such as Luminaria, Family Promise and The Pilgrimage