Join us as we grow in fellowship and continue our lifelong journey of learning.  Small groups are available on a variety of topics and at several meeting times.

Sunday Morning Small Groups

The Early Bird Bible Study 7:45 am, Church House Library

The Early Bird Bible Study is currently studying the Parables of Jesus, and will continue with the study during Lent and into spring.

The Early Birds meet for coffee and fellowship at 7:45 in the Church House library on Sunday mornings. Our study runs from 8 AM-8:45. Visitors and new members are always welcome!

9 am Bible Study, Church House Parlor – Starting February 18 Charles King will lead a discussion series through the season of Lent titled Faithful Living—An Examination of Christian Ethics.

It often seems that everywhere we turn these days, we are confronted by examples of horrific behavior by prominent people in all areas of society. How should we respond to this? The Bible teaches us that we can live our true calling as humans and bless the world through living in faith. But what does this mean for our daily lives? What are practical steps we can take to live out our faith? This series of discussions will address these and similar questions through examining insights on ethics to be gleaned from the Bible and approaches taken by Christians throughout church history. Together, we will try to apply these insights to practical problems we face today.


February 18 Foundations: What does it mean to live a “Christian life”?
February 25 What goals should we seek in our lives?
March 4 What duties do we have as Christians? Are there rules should we follow?
March 11 What are Christian virtues?
March 18 What are the challenges of living in community?
March 25 How should Christians approach politics?

April 29, May 6 and 13 – Jesus: First Century Rabbi

Jesus lived and died as a Torah-observant Jew who lived and worked among many other great teachers in his era. Research has proven that he was devoted to his Jewish practices, and was part of the emerging movement of early rabbis that would eventually become what we call “rabbinic Judaism.” We will gain insight into the first century world of Judaism and the thoroughly Jewish
roots of Jesus’ teachings.

Rabbi Debra Smith

This class will be lead by Rabbi Debra Smith (Reb Deb)

A major focus of Reb Deb’s work is Deep Ecumenism and multi-faith dialogue. She is an Interfaith Activist and currently serves as co-chair of the NJ Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee and is a co-chair of the Morris County NJ Chapter of the Sisterhood of Salaam-Shalom. She is a member of the New Jersey Interfaith Coalition and is a frequent speaker and teacher at local churches and mosques. She has been a keynote speaker for the Peace Islands Institute “Abraham Table Interfaith Dialogue” Programs on several occasions.

Reb Deb is part of the Community Fellows cohort at the Drew University Theological Seminary in NJ. She serves as Rabbi in Residence at the Drew Theological School in Madison, NJ.

Book Groups

Walk and Talk Group Betty Hahn’s home (144 Village Drive, Basking Ridge) from 8:30 to 10:30 am.

The Walk & Talk Group meets at 8:30am on alternate Tuesdays at the home of Betty Hahn. The group begins with a short walk and then proceeds to coffee and discussion. Lunch meetings are occasionally held at a nearby restaurant to accommodate member’s schedules. The group is currently working with Hugh Prather’s book Notes on How to Live in the World…and Still Be Happy. The book helps us to examine our own lives so that we can learn to change the attitudes and actions that hold us back from experiencing happiness. It contains exercises throughout to help us along the way.  Contact Betty Hahn for more information: 908-221-9294.

Tuesday Evenings, at the home of Bob and Eleanor Taylor. From 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm.

You are warmly invited to join a small group that meets on Tuesday evenings, 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm, at the home of Bob and Eleanor Taylor in Basking Ridge.  The group is focused on open searching and questioning.  Beginning on September 19, the group will listen to ideas and discuss views about faith using a DVD series called  Living The Questions.   This series features speakers presenting various ideas and questions around the theme of Honoring Creation, including Restoring Relationships; Evil, Suffering & A God of Love, and Practicing Resurrection.

Please join us!  For more information, contact Bob and Eleanor Taylor at  766-2077 or Ellen Greenhorn at 766-2512.

Women’s Bible Studies

Wednesdays, 9:30 am-11:30 am, Church House Parlor

The Women’s Bible group will resume on January 10. We will be discussing Robert Chesnutt’s book Meeting Jesus the Christ Again. The book is designed to engage conversation between progressive and conservative theological viewpoints. Join us in the Parlor on Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:30 am New members are always welcome and you can pop in when your schedule allows. Contact Maureen Paterson for more information.


Are you interested in joining or helping to lead a small group? Contact Dr. Maureen Paterson for more information or latest schedule.