Adult Education

Adult Study &
Spiritual Growth Opportunities

Adult Study

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

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

See below for updates on schedules and study topics.

Explore Your Spiritual Gifts With Our New All-Church Study!

Do you ever feel stuck in a rut – as if you are “spinning your wheels” at work or in your personal or church life? 

If you would like to start the New Year with a renewed sense of purpose, you are invited to join us in an All-Church Study for Epiphany Season, Discovering God’s Vision for Your Life: You and Your Spiritual Gifts. We will use a curriculum developed by Stephen Ministry to help Christians learn more about themselves and reflect on their natural God-given gifts for service – both within and beyond the church.

You will have a chance to take a Spiritual Gifts Inventory standardized test and begin learning to interpret what those results might mean about yourself and how God designed you to best function in the world.

This 4-week study led by our pastors uses an interactive Participant Manual ($15, but financial aid is available). For those without a lot of time for “homework,” know that you can participate at whatever level you choose – you can attend every session, read every page of the study guide and do every “journaling” exercise, or you can simply use the workbook as a resource and join the group when you can.

Two “sections” will be offered each Monday: Jan. 22, & 29, Feb. 5 & 12.

 Monday Morning Women’s Study 9:30-11am

 Monday Evening Adult Study 5-6:30pm

Note: Childcare is provided for the Monday evening group, but please let us know the weeks you will need it, and for how many children.

To sign up or ask questions, please contact one of your pastors at church at 203-775-1259, or via email at or

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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