Spiritual Growth

Our Vision: 

As we grow spiritually, we explore a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. With Jesus, we establish a faith foundation through study and community. In the power of the Spirit, we equip one another for ministry. And throughout our lifetime in faith, we experience continued spiritual formation as we study, serve, and nurture one another in community, reaching out to make disciples for the transformation of the world.


Step one: Explore

Explore a personal relationship with god through jesus christ. 

If you are new to Christianity, or new to Stonybrook and you wish to take the first step in your spiritual growth journey with us, this is your first stop. Get to know the pastors, get to know God, and get to know each other. 

Pizza with the pastors

 Are you hungry to know more about us and get connected at Stonybrook Church?  If you are new to Stonybrook, this is an opportunity to come and meet our pastorsand members of our Leadership Board. Pizza, salad and drinks are served.       

Are you hungry to know more about us and get connected at Stonybrook Church?  If you are new to Stonybrook, this is an opportunity to come and meet our pastorsand members of our Leadership Board. Pizza, salad and drinks are served. 

 

 

Animate Series   

    To "animate" is to give life to, to fill with courage or boldness, or move to action. The Animate Adult Spiritual Formation Series published by Spark House is designed to do just that. This series is an excellent precursor to becoming a new member at Stonybrook.    Animate Faith   offers an in-depth exploration of big questions about Christian faith. We will explore the topics of God, religion, Jesus, salvation, the cross, the bible and the church. (Fall)   Animate Practices   offers an engaging introduction to the practices that help us live out our Christian faith. We will explore prayer, food, worship, the sacraments and service. January   Animate Bible  offers the opportunity to encounter scripture in new ways and to deepen and reinvigorate one's understanding of the Bible. (Spring)

 

To "animate" is to give life to, to fill with courage or boldness, or move to action. The Animate Adult Spiritual Formation Series published by Spark House is designed to do just that. This series is an excellent precursor to becoming a new member at Stonybrook. 

Animate Faith  offers an in-depth exploration of big questions about Christian faith. We will explore the topics of God, religion, Jesus, salvation, the cross, the bible and the church. (Fall)

Animate Practices  offers an engaging introduction to the practices that help us live out our Christian faith. We will explore prayer, food, worship, the sacraments and service. January

Animate Bible offers the opportunity to encounter scripture in new ways and to deepen and reinvigorate one's understanding of the Bible. (Spring)

Christian Life Groups

 Life Groups meet all year long at the church and in people's homes.  Click  here  for more info.

Life Groups meet all year long at the church and in people's homes.

Click here for more info.


Step 2: Establish

Establish a faith foundation through study and community. 

The next step in Stonybrook Spiritual Growth is to learn more about your faith and work to establish a relationship with Jesus, and a relationship with one another. 

Christian Life Groups

 It is important to remain in a Christian Life group. These groups not only provide a starting point for your faith journey, but act as a communal guide along the way. 

It is important to remain in a Christian Life group. These groups not only provide a starting point for your faith journey, but act as a communal guide along the way. 

covenant Bible study

 Covenant is a 24-week, in-depth group Bible study in which people read and discuss the Bible together. In the course of your study, you will learn how to love God and love each other--better through our understanding of the unifying concept of covenant through all the books of the Old and New Testaments.

Covenant is a 24-week, in-depth group Bible study in which people read and discuss the Bible together. In the course of your study, you will learn how to love God and love each other--better through our understanding of the unifying concept of covenant through all the books of the Old and New Testaments.

New Member Class

 Membership at Stonybrook is a commitment to a life of faith growth in community. If you have been worshipping, growing, and serving at Stonybrook, and you feel moved to become a member, please join us for our next New Member class  Saturday, April 21 and 28  from 10:00 am-12:00 pm. A continental breakfast will be served and childcare is available. Sign up below.

Membership at Stonybrook is a commitment to a life of faith growth in community. If you have been worshipping, growing, and serving at Stonybrook, and you feel moved to become a member, please join us for our next New Member class Saturday, April 21 and 28 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm. A continental breakfast will be served and childcare is available. Sign up below.

Sunday School

 Stonybrook offers several classes on Sunday mornings that can help you establish yourself in your faith and relationship with those around you. 

Stonybrook offers several classes on Sunday mornings that can help you establish yourself in your faith and relationship with those around you. 


Step 3: Equip

Equip one another for ministry

This point in the Stonybrook Spiritual Growth journey helps you to lead and equip others to take their next steps. We have programs and classes dedicated to helping you help others grow in Jesus Christ. 

Ministry by Strengths

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CHRISTIAN LIFE GROUP LEADER TRAINING

Sharing Your Story

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FINANCIAL pEACE UNIVERSITY

This nine-week class will begin Sunday, January 28 from 6:00-8:00 pm. We will cover topics ranging from creating and sticking to a budget, paying down debt, increasing your savings, as well as paying for your children's college. Childcare is available. There is a cost of $93 for the kit which includes a workbook and reading materials. If you have any questions regarding this course, please contact Brian and Michelle Wright at fpu@stonybrookumc.org. Register below.



STEP 4: Experience

We experience a lifetime of spiritual formation as we continue to study,  and nurture one another in community, and as we serve together, reaching out to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Look for ways to serve both inside our faith community and outside of our four walls.