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 an eight week study on Being Mortal by Atul Gawande.

Study Schedule:
November 9th - Intro & Ch. 1: The Independent Self
November 16th - Ch. 2: Things Fall Apart
November 23rd - Ch. 3: Dependence
November 30th - Ch. 4: Assistance
December 7th - Ch. 5: A Better Life
December 14th - Ch. 6: Letting Go
December 21st - Ch. 7: Hard Conversations
December 28th - Ch. 8: Courage & Epilogue

In this book, Gawande presents information and real life stories about the ultimate limitations and failures of a modern medical science that strives to keep people alive at all costs.  Gawande presents an argument that the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life - all the way to the very end.  Books are available on Amazon for $16 new in hardcover.  (Kindle & used copies are also available at lower prices.)


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 and will begin a new video-based study tomorrow night, November 9th.  Come one week or every Monday as your schedule allows.  If you have any questions speak with Pastor Jen.

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 Church Library

"Bold and Brazen"
a study of the Hebrew Prophets begins Oct. 4

You are invited to join us in reading "Bold and Brazen: Exploring Biblical Prophets," the latest book in Barbara Essex's popular Bible study series. Essex was the author of "Bad Girls of the Bible" -- a book read and discussed recently in CCB's Sunday Night Adult Study.

This slim, accessible study guide explores eight prophets of the Hebrew Bible: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Joel, Amos, Jonah, Micah, and Habakkuk. Devoted followers of this collection will recognize Essex's straightforward style of Bible study, and new readers will appreciate the modern-day relevance of her writing and well-organized study and reflection questions at the end of each chapter.

Books are available for purchase ($15) in the Church Office. For the first session (Oct. 4), please read the book's introductory chapter, pp. 1-23.

Consider joining us for one or two meetings, or for the whole series. Reading assigned chapters for discussion in advance of class is helpful but not essential.

Sunday Night Adult Study
5-6:30pm Church Library

Note: For those unable to make it to a study at one of the regularly scheduled times, keep your eyes peeled for other occasional opportunities as well as some on-line tools coming your way for faith formation and spiritual growth....or perhaps suggest an alternate time/topic for study.

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

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

Other Recent Studies Include:
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
Having a Mary Spirit in a Martha World: Allowing God to Change Us from the Inside Out
by Joanna Weaver
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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