Adult Education

The House of Hope is dedicated to providing adult members and visitors with a supportive environment within which to pursue rewarding spiritual growth opportunities. Each educational offering is designed to fulfill the church's mission of exploring the meaning of our faith tradition in the context of today's world.  

Members and visitors will find numerous programs on Sunday and weekday mornings and evenings. From traditional bible study to frank discussions of relevant spiritual topics, The House of Hope continues to break new ground in the field of Christian adult education.

Adult Enrichment
Sunday mornings, 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., in the Assembly Room
Speakers address an array of topics of a religious and secular nature, using the format of a 45 minute lecture presentation, with time for questions and answers. For more information, please contact Jeff Foels at or 651-223-7545.

In-Depth Studies
Wednesday evenings, 7:00 p.m.– 8:30 p.m.

Short series of seminars focusing on Biblical, theological and socially relevant topics, are offered in a format including  presentations by local experts and small group discussion by participants. Held in the Assembly Room or Kirk Parlour. For more information, please contact Jeff Foels at or 651-223-7545.

Great Decisions
Tuesdays, once a month, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
A program of discussions focusing on U.S. Foreign Policy issues. It is sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association and administered here in Minnesota by the Minnesota International Center. Held in the Kirk Parlour.

Bible Studies Wednesday and Thursday mornings, in various locations:  Consult the Anchor newsletter for times and places:  Weekly opportunities for study of the coming Sunday's lectionary scripture lessons are offered in two different locations at three different times.  Also Kerygma Bible Studies are offered intermittently.  Consult the Anchor for details and schedule. For more information, please contact Jeff Foels at or 651-223-7545.

The Seekers is a group that meets regularly to explore 'Thin Places', those places described in the Celtic tradition where the distance between heaven and earth collapses, and we may be able to catch glimpses of the divine. Toward this goal the group explores other religions in a way that honors our own. We make visits to natural, cultural and sacred sites seeking 'Moments of Transformation'. Our activities include Centering Prayer, Book Discussions and Local Outings. If you are interested in any of our activities, please join our e- mail list. Contact Margie Crone at or 651-735-8043 for more information. Click here for further information.

Yoga Classes: Mondays weekly at 10:00 a.m., Wednesdays weekly at 5:30 p.m. and Fridays weekly at 5:30 p.m. in the Meeting House.  To sign up, call the church office at (651) 227-6311 or instructor Laura Merriam at (612) 590-7535 for information.

Faith and Fibers: This group meets monthly to work on needlecrafts of all kinds. Join us for good conversation, refreshments, and a time for devotions on the second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. The next gathering will be on February 13, 2017 in the church library. We will provide beverages and cookies, but invite others to bring food to share. If you have questions, please contact Janice Dickinson at 651-647-1786.


Men's Programs

The goal of the Men's programs is to provide an opportunity for friendship, study and conversation on topics related to faith.  In addition, there are opportunities for men to use their skills in repairing and improving the physical structures of the church and neighboring buildings.

Men's Tuesday Morning Breakfast Group:  Meets every Tuesday from 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. at the St. Clair Broiler on Snelling and St. Clair in St. Paul. Reading and discussion of the week's lectionary Scripture passages which serve as the basis for the following Sunday's worship services. For more information, please contact Leo Sawicki 651-481-9589,

Men's Thursday Morning Breakfast Group:  Meets weekly from 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. on Thursdays at the St. Clair Broiler at Snelling and St. Clair Ave. in St. Paul.  Topics of timely interest are presented by participants for discussion.  House of Hope men and visitors are welcome to attend.  Newcomers are always welcome! For more information, please contact Bill Liike 651-224-0631.

Hard Hats: Men (and women) volunteers assist with the maintenance and upkeep in and around the church building. Usually work the morning of the first Thursday of the month. For more information, please contact Dick Crone at 651-735-8043 or David Phillips at 651-482-9945.

Men's Retreat: The 2017 HOUSE OF HOPE MEN’S RETREAT will be featuring guest speaker Phil Romine, a House of Hope congregation member, graduate of United Seminary, and candidate for ordination in the PC(USA). Phil will be exploring the topic of listening, serving as an entry point into deeper spiritual practice, in-depth biblical study, and transformative justice. The retreat will be held in the Kirk Parlour on Friday, February 3, from 7:00-9:00 p.m., and on Saturday, February 4, from 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The fee is $20. Reservations are requested to the church office by February 1. Childcare is available on Saturday morning by request! Please contact Jeff with any questions at or at 651-223-7545.Please contact Jeff Foels with any questions at or at 651-223-7545.

Women's Programs

The goal of Programs for Women is to provide opportunities for women to gather in a variety of settings for study, reflection, service and community. 

Programs for Women focus on many areas of women's life through book studies, lectures, workshops, an annual retreat and special occasions like the annual Advent Breakfast.  Women are welcome to attend any or all of the events and are encouraged to bring friends.

Women's Breakfast Group
Meets year-round on Friday mornings, 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. in the Kirk Parlour.

Sunday-Weekday Connection
Meet to relax, share a meal and listen to a guest speaker. Events are held in the Kirk Parlour.

Joy Davis Literary Seminars:  First Thursday morning of the month, September-May at 10:00 a.m. in the Church Library:  Led by avid reader and literary critic Joy Davis. These seminars examine works of classic and contemporary literature. All are welcome. It is not necessary to register.

Women's Retreat