If you are visiting us for the first time on the web or in person, WELCOME! We know that the first time you visit a church you may have basic questions that need answering. Where are you located? What should I wear? What can I expect during the service? Here is a quick look at the answers to these kinds of questions plus links to additional information.
We like to think the Congregational Church of Brookfield (CCB) is a friendly, active, music-filled place graced with humor, warmth, and acceptance. As we like to say: “No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.” We are an “Open and Affirming” congregation of the United Church of Christ (UCC). To find out more about the United Church of Christ, please visit www.ucc.org.
No! We welcome all guests. If you are “shopping” for a church, please come to a few services to see if we might be the right home for you. At every service you will find a welcome table with information and resources for our guests.
We love kids—even screaming babies. However, parents should know that we do provide infant and toddler child care during both services. In addition, older children can pick up an activity booklet to work on during service (in case they find some parts a little boring).
All children are welcome to join in the first part of the service most Sundays. They get to enjoy a special “Time for Children” sermon before being dismissed for Sunday school. We have one Sunday School class for pre-k to 6th grade at the 8:30 service and multiple age-graded classes up to 8th grade at the 10:30 service. We have Confirmation classes for our 9th graders, who are invited to join the congregation as full members each spring.
Our Sunday school is a fun experience, and even kids visiting from out of town for the day or coming for the first time are welcome to attend. The material is taught in such a way that no child will feel as though they are “behind” any time they attend.
While all children are welcome to join Sunday school at any time, it is also perfectly fine if your child would rather stay in church with you for the entire service. For more on our Sunday school program look here.
“To say that a setting of the United Church of Christ (a local church, campus ministry etc.) is “Open and Affirming” means that it has publicly and specifically declared that those of all “sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions” (or “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender” people) are welcome in its full life and ministry (e.g. membership, leadership, employment, etc.). It bespeaks a spirit of hospitality and a willingness to live out that welcome in meaningful ways.”
You may also enter via the door in the building’s courtyard, also easily accessible from the upper parking lot. (Follow the path that leads toward the Church Office.) Once you are inside the building, simply walk up the stairs to the right to enter Brooks Hall, which is adjacent and open to the Meetinghouse. (There are greeters and bulletins at this entrance, too.) For those with difficulty with stairs, an elevator is available here.
When you enter the church, take a Sunday bulletin from one of our greeters, and you will have no trouble following along. All of the prayers are there, as well as the hymns we will be singing and numbers to be able to find them in our hymnal.
After the service we invite everyone down to Fellowship Hall for some coffee, treats, and conversation with friends old and new.
If you plan to stop by the Church Office we ask that you wear a mask. If you need to contact someone through the Church Office after office hours you can leave a message on our main line (203-775-1259) or through a staff extension (by following the prompts). All voicemail messages are delivered through staff emails as well.