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? We invite you to join us on Sunday, September 17 for a beginning step on the faith journey here. Pizza with the Pastors is a one-hour meal and question/answer time beginning at 12:15 pm in Wesley Café. 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. Sign up below.    

Are you hungry to know more about us and get connected at Stonybrook Church? We invite you to join us on Sunday, September 17 for a beginning step on the faith journey here. Pizza with the Pastors is a one-hour meal and question/answer time beginning at 12:15 pm in Wesley Café. 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. Sign up below.

 

 

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

The New Members class is designed for those already active in their faith journey and desiring to commit to the membership vows of the United Methodist Church. In our New Members’ Class, we examine what it means to be a member at Stonybrook Church. We will examine membership through the promises we make as members to be active in Christ’s body through our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness. We will share a meal and childcare is available.

The New Members class is designed for those already active in their faith journey and desiring to commit to the membership vows of the United Methodist Church. In our New Members’ Class, we examine what it means to be a member at Stonybrook Church. We will examine membership through the promises we make as members to be active in Christ’s body through our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness. We will share a meal and childcare is available.

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

Starting on Sunday, September 10 at 6:00 pm, Stonybrook will be offering a nine-week class that will cover topics ranging from creating and sticking to a budget, paying down debt, increasing your savings and 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.   

Starting on Sunday, September 10 at 6:00 pm, Stonybrook will be offering a nine-week class that will cover topics ranging from creating and sticking to a budget, paying down debt, increasing your savings and 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.   



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.