Adult Education

Adult Study &
Spiritual Growth Opportunities

Our Groups and Classes Meet All Week Long...

We have some great Adult Education Opportunities. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the church office at

Monday AM Women’s Group
9:30-11am - Church Library

Come join this group of wonderful women for a variety of different study opportunities. We have used books, video studies, traditional Bible study, and contemporary issues to reflect on and grow in our faith. 

Our current study is a 9-week book study on Room to Grow: Meditations on Trying to Live as a Christian by Martin Copenhaver.  

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Thomas G. Long
— Candler School of Theology
“Not only is this book wise, witty, and deliciously readable; it also represents biblical reflection at its best — faithful, alert to the imaginative power of Scripture, and thoroughly enmeshed in the gritty realities of the day. Taken as a whole, these meditations describe the shape of Christian living, how it is that beginning the journey of faith by putting one foot in front of the other leads to places of surprising grace and wonder.”

Room to Grow – Reading Plan:

April 25th – Foreword & Preface
                   Building Barns, Postponing Life
                   Pray Constantly

May 2nd   Excuses, Excuses, Excuses
                   An Everlasting Song to an Ever Present God
                   Enduring Love

May 9th -    Being Available 24/6
                   Memory and Personhood
                   Our Close and Distant God

May 16th -  To Save or to Savor?
                   Job’s Friends
                   Before the Child

May 23rd – Saying Good-bye
                   Whispered in Your Ear
                   Born Again?

May 30th – No Meeting (Memorial Day)

June 6th -    Who’s That Knocking at My Door?
                   Choir Practice in Prison
                   It’s About Time

June 13th -  Give Thanks in All Circumstances
                   Christmas Gifts
                   How to Throw a Party

June 20th -  Are You Talking to Me?
                   Revelation in Retrospect
                   Called and Recalled

June 27th -  To Bless and to Be Blessed
                   The Cloud of Witnesses

July 4th    No Meeting


Monday PM Study
5:30-7:00pm - Youth Room

No homework!  No hassle!  Just great faith-based conversation and an opportunity to get to know some other people in our church family.  This group meets on Monday evenings from 5:30-7pm in the Youth Room with childcare provided and will begin the Animate: Bible study on April 25th.  Join us for one week or every week of this 7-week study as your schedule allows.  If you have any questions please be in touch with Pastor Jen.

Study Schedule:
April 25th - Canon: Mining for the Word 
May 2nd - History: Parchment to Pixel
May 9th - No Meeting
May 16th - Testaments: One Story, Two Parts
May 23rd - Gospels: Unexpected Good News
May 30th - No Meeting (Memorial Day)
June 6th - Genre: Rhythm of the Text
June 13th - Interpretation: Scripture Reads Us
June 20th - Grace: Love is the Bottom Line

Each section of this study begins with a bit of discussion, followed by a brief video from a leading Christian voice, and continues with further discussion questions and reflection.  More information can be found at

Thursday Morning Prayers and Bible Study will be on a brief summer hiatus for the remainder of the month. (Classes will NOT be held June 9, June 16, June 21 or June 30.) We will resume our weekly meetings on Thursday, July 7th.

Thursday AM Prayer and
"Lectio Divina"
Scripture Study – 9-10:30am
– Pastor’s Study

We meet every Thursday morning to lift up the prayer concerns and joys of our church family in a faithful and confidential way.

Through "centering prayer," we also listen meditatively to the reading of upcoming preaching texts.  After this "lectio divina," we reflect together on the insights that come to us in our time of prayerful study – no preparation necessary.

Come once or every week as you are available.

Saturday AM Men’s Fellowship – 8-9am - Fellowship Hall every week

Join this group of faithful men who gather together for breakfast and study. Each week brings a new menu and new facilitators who lead the group through book and video studies, scripture passages, and other topics related to our faith.

Saturday AM Women’s Fellowship – 8:30-9:30am - Youth Room every week

Join this group of faithful women from 8:30 to 9:30 in the Youth Room. Gathering together for conversation, study, laughter, and prayer, this group draws the women of our church closer to one another and to God. (If you know you will need child care, please let us know in advance and we will do our best to provide it in the Nursery.)

Sunday PM Adult Study – 5-6:30pm
in the Pastor's Study

Join us for

"A New Kind
of Christianity"

Sundays at 5pm in the Pastor's Study

Our Sunday Night Adult Study is a small group that is energized and excited by discussing intellectually stimulating, cutting edge Christian theology, like this book by progressive "public theologian" Brian McLaren.

We hope you will join us for discussion about our latest book:

Books are available for purchase on-line in new and used hardback, paperback, and e-book and audio book formats for a wide range of prices.

In A New Kind of Christianity, Brian D. McLaren follows up ideas first addressed in his groundbreaking book of the emergent-church movement, A New Kind of Christian. McLaren, like N.T. Wright, Jim Wallis, and Rob Bell, is acknowledged as a leader in our generation of Christians -- those who want to update their faith for current times while remaining true to the core message of Jesus. In this thought-provoking book, McLaren explores the questions that he believes will determine the shape of Christianity for the next 500 years.

If you can do the reading before class, it will enrich our discussion, but we encourage you to attend even if you have not even begun reading the book.  Because the book is based on "10 questions that are reforming the faith," anyone who is interested in wrestling with questions like "Why listen to the Bible?" or "Is God violent?" will enjoy participating in discussion.
All are welcome! 

Below is our class schedule for Spring 2016:

April 10 -- Introduction: "What is a Christian?"

April 17 -- Spring Break (no class)

April 24 -- "What about the Bible?" chapters 4-6

May 1 -- "Law or Revelation?" chapters 7-9

May 8 -- Mother's Day (no class)

May 15 -- "Is God Violent?" chapters 10-11

May 22 -- "Who is Jesus?" chapters 12-13

June 5 -- "What is the Good News?" chapters 14-15

The class will be on summer hiatus until September 2016, when we will pick up at:

September 18 -- "What is the Church?" chapter 16

Copies of Books from our Recent Book Studies are available in the Church Library to borrow.  Those titles include:

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
Bold and Brazen: Exploring Biblical Prophets
by Barbara Essex
The Four Agreements
by don Miguel Ruiz
The Road to Character
by David Brooks
Christianity and World Religions
by Adam Hamilton
Bad Girls of the Bible
by Barbara J. Essex
Red Letter Christians: A Citizen's Guide to Faith and Politics
by Tony Campolo
Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers
by Anne Lamott

Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening,
by Diana Butler Bass

The Heart of Christianity
by Marcus Borg
Love Wins by Rob Bell
29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life by Cami Walker
Have a Little Faith
by Mitch Albom
The Faith Club: A Muslim, a Christian, a Jew - Three Women Search for Understanding
by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner
The Red Tent
by Anita Diamant
Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic
by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
Advent Conspiracy: Can Christmas Still Change the World
by Rick McKinley, Chris Seay, and Greg Holder
Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World: Finding Intimacy With God in the Busyness of Life
by Joanna Weaver
Having a Mary Spirit in a Martha World: Allowing God to Change Us from the Inside Out by Joanna Weaver

Other Recent Studies Include:
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
The Shack by William Young
The Secret Life of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd
The Noticer: Sometimes All a Person Needs is a Little Perspective
by Andy Andrews
How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk
by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

Too busy for a weekly class?

Try these on-line spiritual exercises to revive your soul...

For a chance to learn about various visualizations, meditations and prayer practices to heal your spiritual exhaustion, renew your faith, and help you better understand what type of prayer best connects you to your source in God - explore some quiet, centering prayer  exercises on your own. This on-line curriculum draws on the work of Rev. Flora Slosson Wuellner and her book  Feed My Shepherds:  Spiritual Healing and Renewal for Those in Christian Leadership.  

If you would like more information, click here, or speak to one of our pastors at 203-775-1259 or e-mail the church at


We always welcome your suggestions about what you would like to study. 
So if you have ideas or questions please contact either Rev. Bryn Smallwood-Garcia or Rev. Jennifer Whipple at 775-1259
( or
  We hope to hear from you all!!


On Sunday mornings, we worship no matter what the weather -- with whomever can safely make it to our Meetinghouse.  Our cancellation you policy for midweek classes is to follow the Brookfield Public Schools schedule.  If there is a school delay, cancellation, or early closing due to bad weather, we cancel all classes for that day.  For a quick check of the school weather decision, can click on the Brookfield Public Schools website at or call the schools office at 203-775-7700 (x3).  Cancellation of weekend classes or events at church are generally posted on the doors or church answering machine (203-775-1259).

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