The Congregational Church of Brookfield

An Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ

160 Whisconier Road Brookfield, CT  06804
Tel: (203) 775-1259  Email: office@uccb.org

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Click here for an overview of what you can expect.

Read the Open and Affirming Statement of CCBWelcome! No matter who you are, or where
you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.

December 11
3rd Sunday of Advent
“The Gift of Worship”

Christmas Pageant at 10:30am

The Rev. Jennifer Whipple preaches on Psalm 146 & Luke 1:47-55 at 8:30am.


Our worship services are usually posted on YouTube within 24 hours,
and often on the same day.  They are also Broadcast on Charter Cable,
Channel 192 – Tuesdays at 5:00pm and Fridays at 2:00pm.


Sunday Worship Services

8:30 a.m. - Family worship
with weekly communion

Nursery care and one-room Church School
 for pre-K to grade
8.

10:30 a.m. - Family worship with choirs
(Communion on 1st Sundays each month.)
Nursery care and
age related classes room pre-K through 8 grade and nursery care.

Regular office hours: Monday -Thursday 9:00am - 3:00pm and Fridays 9am - 12noon.

Candlelight Christmas Eve
Saturday, December 24, 2016

5:00pm   With a children’s story from Rev. Bryn Smallwood-Garcia, and our traditional Christmas Eve carols and candle-lighting. (Nursery is open at this service only, but children of all ages are always welcome in worship.)

8:30pm   With special instrumental music, a Christmas message from Rev. Jennifer Whipple, and our traditional carols and Communion by candlelight.

11:00pm Sing carols by candlelight, share Communion, and enjoy special music from our Chancel Choir, plus a message from Rev. Jennifer Whipple, before departing into the magical darkness of Christmas.


Dec. 25: Single 10:30am service for all ages (No church school – nursery care only)

Jan. 1: Single 10:30am Communion service for all ages (No church school – nursery care only)

Brookfield High School Special Chorus Concert

Monday, Dec. 12th at 7:00pm

CCB Meetinghouse

Our annual visit from the Brookfield High School Special Chorus, led by
Mr. John LaMendola, is always a wonderful way to start the Holiday season.
All are welcome to attend. The Fellowship Committee invites all BAKERS
who can provide cookies for this event to please drop them off in the Upstairs
Kitchen on Sunday, December 11th. We will serve cookies and bottles
of water as refreshments to the chorus and guests. Thank you.


Brookfield Ecumenical Caroling Concert
7pm Saturday, December 17, at St. Joseph Church

Once again, our choir leaders unite to bring us together with our fellow townspeople who want to share the joy of the Advent season with music. We will be able to listen to our various bell and vocal choirs both separately and together and to sing the familiar carols of our faith. Again, a free-will offering will go to the Fuel Fund

Community Access

Our Worship Service is broadcast on Charter Cable TV channel 192,
Tuesdays from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. and Fridays from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

The above clips and many more from The Media Team are available online. Search "uccbvideo" at YouTube.com or click on the images.

If you have technology skills or like to work behind the scenes, this is a great opportunity for you to give something new a try. Please email webmaster@uccb.org for more details.

Online giving can be managed through our new secure
Online Giving App 

To give through your prior Vanco account, click here or please call
(203) 775-1259 or email (office@uccb.org) Jeannine at the church office.

Photos

Visit our photo page here to see photos from life at the church.

         


The Yankee Fair and Barn Sale 2016 Brookfield

We share 50% of the proceeds with Brookfield Social Services.
Photos are available on our Facebook page.

Monday PM Study
5-6:30pm - Youth Room

The current study -- of "Convictions", by Marcus Borg -- will run from Nov. 14 through Dec. 19, but you are welcome to join us at any time. A few copies of the book are available in the Church Library, or they can be purchased on-line.

The group meets on Mondays from 5-6:30pm in the Youth Room, and childcare is available.

When he turned 70, after a lifetime of dispassionate Biblical scholarship, Marcus J. Borg shared in his book "Convictions" his own personal faith story. After his upbringing as a solid Midwestern Lutheran, he formed bedrock religious beliefs, from which has grown his conviction that Christians in America are at their best when they focus on hope and transformation.

With each chapter embodying a distinct conviction, Borg writes provocatively and compellingly on the beliefs that can deeply ground us and guide us, such as: God is real and a mystery; salvation is more about this life than an afterlife; the Bible can be true without being literally true; Jesus's death on the cross matters—but not because he paid for our sins; God is passionate about justice and the poor; and to love God is to love like God.

Borg calls all American Christians to reject divisiveness and exclusivity and create communities that celebrate joy, possibility, and renewal. Throughout, he reflects on what matters most, bringing to earth the kingdom of God Jesus talked about and transforming our relationships with one another. Rich in wisdom and insight, "Convictions" is a manifesto for all progressive Christians who seek to faithfully follow Jesus today.
  

Worship at CCB

We invite you to attend every week,
and to invite your friends to join you.
YOUR QUESTIONS ARE WELCOME HERE!

  • Would you enjoy the guidance of fellow seekers to help you support your children's growth into strong and compassionate moral thinkers?
  • Are you looking for a place where you can bring your deepest joys and sorrows and find real companionship in celebration and suffering?
  • Do you long for a place where you and your family can learn to love one another and care for the world in a compassionate faith community?

We hope our little white-steepled meetinghouse will become a weekly refuge for your soul -- where you can join us to share gratitude and wonder for your life, and learn to use ancient spiritual resources to wrestle with your questions about the greatest mysteries of the universe.

No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey,
YOU (and your questions) ARE WELCOME HERE.


Sacraments

We offer Communion every week at 8:30am
& on 1st Sundays each month at 10:30am.

Programs for Children & Youth

Nursery is open for both Sunday services. During the summer, we have one-room Church School at 8:30 and 10:30am services for grades K-6.  At 10:30 during the school year, there are age-graded classes for Pre-K through grade 8. Young people usually leave for their classes during a hymn early in the service, but all children are welcome to stay in adult worship if they prefer.

Want to revive your soul? Try some Spiritual Renewal

Thursday Morning Prayers & Bible Study
9:00 to 10:30am in the Church Library

Begin your day with a time of quiet contemplation in a simple ministry of prayer, as we lift up the names of those who are sick or grieving, who are in discernment, or have thanksgiving or celebration to share. We will have a brief Bible study of our weekly lectionary scripture texts, led by Senior Pastor Bryn Smallwood-Garcia. Join us every Thursday, or drop in as you have a need for prayer or a morning free for study.

If you would like more information, speak to one of our pastors at 203-775-1259 or e-mail the church at office@uccb.org.

Clergy and Staff

The Rev. Bryn Smallwood-Garcia, Senior Pastor

The Rev. Jennifer L. Whipple, Associate Pastor

Toni Sullivan, Director of Music

The Rev. M. S. Desmond, Pastor Emeritus

Jeannine McCullough, Church Office

Barbara Crandell, Church School Coordinator

Debbie Marquardt, Nursery Care Provider