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 seven week video based study entitled Animate: Practices.  It will give us an opportunity to look at seven central practices of the Christian faith.

Study Schedule:
January 18th - No Meeting
January 25th - Prayer: Oriented Toward God
February 1st - Food: Eating With Jesus
February 8th - Worship: Seeking God's Presence
February 15th - No Meeting
February 22nd - Sacraments: A Tapestry of Traditions
February 29th - Money: The Joy of Sharing
March 7th - Service: The Needs Right In Front of You
March 14th - Community: An Unexpected Family

Each session includes starter conversation, a brief video with a progressive Christian voice, and follow up questions and conversation, as well as journal pages to bring home.  


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: Practices study on January 25th.   (The group will not meet on January 18th.)  You can see a description of the study in the section above.  Join us for one week or every week as your schedule allows.  If you have any questions please be in touch with Pastor Jen.

Study Schedule:
January 18th - No Meeting
February 1st - Prayer: Oriented Toward God
February 8th - Food: Eating With Jesus
February 15th - No Meeting
February 22nd - Worship: Seeking God's Presence
February 29th - Sacraments: A Tapestry of Traditions
March 7th - No Meeting (Dining for Women Night)
March 14th - Money: The Joy of Sharing
March 21st - Service: The Needs Right In Front of You
March 28th - Community: An Unexpected Family

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

“Standing Naked Before God: The Art of Public Confession”

The new Sunday Night Adult Study for Lent, which will begin with a meeting in the Pastor’s Study from 5-6:30pm on Sunday, Feb. 21, is based on the book “Standing Naked Before God: The Art of Public Confession,” by Molly Phinney Baskette.  It is NOT be necessary to purchase the book, although it is available on-line and participants certainly MAY purchase it, if interested.

The class will offer a series of exercises and discussion questions designed to stimulate our thinking and evoke lively conversation about the ancient practice of confession and repentance – in Jewish, Catholic, Colonial Puritan, and now Mainline Protestant traditions.

Here’s what Molly Baskette says in the introduction to her book (p. 2):

“Sin has fallen out of favor in mainline Protestant churches.  In a kind of backlash against the perceived severity and bigotry of the Catholic and fundamentalist churches many of the people in our pews have left behind, we have denied ourselves much that is helpful, liturgically and theologically.  ‘It seems so negative to talk about sin’ is what I often hear.  Maybe, I respond.  But: better out than in. I want my sin where I can see it in the clear light of day.  It is much less of a threat there – I can track its movements.

“Bringing our sins and slipups out where everybody can see them means we can laugh at them.  The monster in the closet at 2am is terrifying, but in the full sun of morning, it is a house mouse…”

Sunday, Feb. 21  Why Confess? The Way of Jesus, or the Hero’s Path

Sunday, March 6  Slaying Ourselves, and Not the Other

Sunday, March 13  Sin as a Teacher: the Daily Examen of St. Ignatius

Sunday, March 20  Spirituality, Healing, and Recovery

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

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
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  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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