WASHINGTON, D.C. – The St. Thomas the Apostle Young Adults (STAY) hosted their weekly “STAY with the Word” bible study on Tuesday evening at the St. Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Woodley Park. Young adults from the D.C. metro area came to learn more about scripture and study together as a group.
Each week, the young professionals make time in their busy schedules to come to the young adult run bible study. “I think I always wanted to know more about the bible and kind of the scripture that we base our faith on,” said Cassandra Brown, Chairperson of the STAY Executive Board. “And just going Sundays to mass and just hearing a snippet of it every week just wasn’t enough for me anymore, so that’s why I started going to bible study.”
The evening started with a prayer and the readings came from the Gospel of John. Young adults volunteered and took turns reading passages of scripture and came to a pause to reflect on the reading. Thoughts and discussion were welcomed from each attendee, as each provided their own perspective on the last days of Jesus Christ.
“If I have spoken wrongly, testify to the wrong; but if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?” asked Jesus to a guard.
After an hour and a half of scripture study, the young adults were invited to describe how the readings affected them in their lives. The evening ended with reflections on life and how the scripture related to their challenges as young adults.
“I always had very positive experiences at bible study,” said Brown. ”I’ve learned about faith and I’ve learned a lot about people in our community who have really interesting insights into bible study.”