Adult Education

Adult Study &
Spiritual Growth Opportunities

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

Sunday Night Adult Study continues with

"A New Kind
of Christianity"

Sundays, from 5-6:30 pm in the Pastor's Study

What follows is our fall schedule, if you'd like to join us:

Oct 30 - "How Do We Put our Beliefs into Action?" chapter 20

Nov 6 - "How Does a Community Live with Questions?" 
chapters 21-22

There is one copy of this Adult Study book, by noted progressive theologian Brian McClaren, available for purchase in the office ($10), or you can find it on-line in new and used hardback, paperback, and e-book and audio book formats for a wide range of prices:
A New Kind of Christianity (HarperOne, February 2010) 
ISBN 0-06-185398-4 
Here is the on-line description that Amazon provides:

A New Kind of Christianity is Brian D. McLaren’s much anticipated follow-up to his breakthrough work of the emergent-church movement, A New Kind of Christian. Named by Time magazine as one of America’s top 25 evangelicals, McLaren, along with such contemporaries as N.T. Wright, Jim Wallis, and Rob Bell, is one of the acknowledged leaders of a new generation of Christians who want to update their faith for current times while remaining true to the core message of Jesus. In this controversial and thought-provoking book, McLaren explores the questions that will determine the shape of Christianity for the next 500 years.

If you have time to read the chapter before class, it enhances our discussion.  However, ALL are welcome!  We have good discussion questions and anyone can contribute their ideas based on the topic. Hope you can be there.


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. 

Starting September 12th this group will begin a study entitled
Change the World:
Recovering the Message and Mission of Jesus

From Amazon:
Linking Bible study to global mission and local service projects, this six-session small group resource enables congregations to discuss and act on the imperatives of scripture. 

Each week, participants will read and discuss a gospel story, watch a video profiling an inspiring, world-changing mission effort, and envision together how they can change the world locally and globally. Participants won’t just read about Jesus feeding the 5000 or healing the lepers, but will be inspired by contemporary ministries feeding the poor and preventing malaria. Participants will be challenged to take a leading role in the congregation’s missional efforts, serving in a homeless shelter as a group, raising funds for disaster relief, or planning a church-wide day of service.

Jesus called us to follow him, to live a life of active faith, feeding the poor, healing the sick, welcoming the alien, and rescuing the desperate. It’s easy to get stuck in our religious habits of just going to church, tossing a few bucks in the offering plate, and occasionally reading our Bible―but Jesus has bigger plans for us. We are called to be his hands and feet in the world. He wants to use us to change the world.

Study Schedule:

September 12th – Follow
September 19th – Welcome
September 26th – Feed
October 3rd – Heal
October 10th – No Meeting (Columbus Day)
October 17th – Rescue
October 24th – Go

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

The Monday afternoon adult study group has just finished reading Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary RadicalThe group meets on Mondays from 5-6:30pm in the Youth Room, and childcare is available.  

There will be no Monday studies on Monday, Oct. 10 or Monday, Oct. 17. The group will be on hiatus until Monday, Oct. 24.  Please join us and help us decide what our new study will be, beginning in November.  There will be no study on Monday, Oct. 31.  Happy Halloween!

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.)

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!!

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

Room to Grow: Meditations on Trying to Live As a Christian by Martin Copenhaver
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

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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