Adult Education

Adult Study &
Spiritual Growth Opportunities

Adult Study

Monday AM Women's Study - 9:30-11am - Church Library

This group has begun a new study of Rob Bell's latest book What Is the Bible? How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything.  There are a few copies for purchase in the Church Office for $15, and you can find more information about the book by clicking here.

February 26th - Intro-Ch. 5 (pgs. 1-46)

March 5th - chs. 6-11 (pgs. 47-87)

March 12th - chs. 12-18 (pgs. 91-137)

March 19th - chs. 19-24 (pgs. 139-188)

March 26th - chs. 25-30  (pgs. 191- 232)

April 2nd - canceled due to school delay

April 9th - chs. 31-37 (pgs. 233-272)

April 16th - No Meeting due to Spring Break

April 23rd - chs. 38-43 & endnotes (pgs. 273-305, endnotes)

Monday PM Adult Study - 5-6:30pm in the Youth Room(childcare provided)

“Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and Repair”
by Anne Lamott.

Both adult study books are available for purchase in the Church Office during the week and on Sunday mornings by the committee mailboxes under the stairs heading to Brooks Hall. What is the Bible? is $15 and Stitches costs $12. Please let Jen or Bryn know if you need financial aid.

Please email Pastor Bryn at if you are unable to attend the Monday 5pm group meeting but are interested in joining an on-line discussion of Stitches

Stitches:  A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair

"Ram Dass, who described himself as a Hin-Jew, said that ultimately we're all just walking each other home.  I love that.  I try to live by it."
~Anne Lamott (p.6)



Monday 5-6:30PM

Session 1

Ch. 1 - Beginning
pp. 1-20

March 12

Session 2

Ch. 2 – The Overly Sensitive Child
pp. 21-36

March 19

Session 3

Ch. 3 – Stitches
pp. 37-54

March 26


Easter Monday


April 2

Session 4:

Ch. 4 – Mount Vision
pp. 55-72

April 9

Session 5

Ch. 5 – Remnants Ch. 6 – Forward
pp. 73-96

April 16


NOTE: On April 23, this group will begin a new study of Rob Bell's latest book What Is the Bible? How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything.  There will be copies for purchase in the Church Office for $15 beginning Monday, April 16, and you can find more information about the book by clicking here.

April 23rd - Intro-Ch. 5 (pgs. 1-46)
April 30th - chs. 6-11 (pgs. 47-87)
May 7th - chs. 12-18 (pgs. 91-137)
May 14th - chs. 19-24 (pgs. 139-188)
May 21st - chs. 25-30  (pgs. 191- 232)
May 28th - NO CLASS MEETING (Memorial Day)
June 4th - chs. 31-37 (pgs. 233-272)
June 18th - chs. 38-43 & endnotes (pgs. 273-305, endnotes)

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:

  • Speaking Christian, by Marcus Borg

  • Convictions, by Marcus Borg

  • A New Kind of Christianity, by Brian McLaren

  • The Irresistible Revolution: Living As An Ordinary Radical by Shane Claiborne

  • Change the World: Recovering the Message and Mission of Jesus (group study guide) by Mike Slaughter

  • 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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