Adult Enrichment

We offer many opportunities for anyone seeking to explore their faith and build community with others. All are welcome!

Sermon Talkback ~ Tuesdays @ 8:30 – 10 am

Yoga with Jonah ~Tuesdays @ 5 – 6:15 pm

Coffee Clatter ~ Fridays @ 8 am

Noontime Book Group ~ 3rd Monday @ 11:30 am

Wednesday Night Searchers ~ Wednesdays @ 7 pm

Bridge Group ~ 3rd Friday @ 1:30 pm

20/30s Gatherings

Sermon Talkback

Join us on Tuesdays from 8:30-10 am for coffee, home-baked goods and a lively discussion of the sermon (and other topics!) that was delivered the previous Sunday. Come for the conversation, the goodies, the camaraderie, or all of the above! Join us – all are welcome!

You can participate in person in the Marvin Lounge or online via Zoom HERE.

Yoga @ First  is coming back!

New to yoga? Returning? Come sit with Jonah and practice a compassionate, inquisitive sequence to integrate the mind, body, and soul. In each session, we will focus, breathe, build heat, strengthen, and relax. Classes start September 13th and meet on Tuesday evenings, from 5:00-6:15 at the First Congregational Church of Essex Junction. Wear comfortable, non restrictive clothing. Bring a mat or borrow one of Jonah’s. Donations (to the Church) welcome, but not required.

Coffee Clatter @ Martone’s

Every Friday at 8 am, Rev. Mark welcome everyone to come and talk about any subject you would like. We talk politics, camping, travel, church life, community issues … any and everything that comes up. We meet at Martone’s in downtown Essex Junction for one hour ~ join us!

Noontime Book Group

Join us for fellowship, lunch and a good lively discussion.  The Noontime Book Group meets on the third Monday each month at 11:30 in the Marvin Lounge.  We read books from many genres.  Each month we choose a book, and usually the person who suggested the book leads the discussion the next month.  If you love to read,  bring a brown bag lunch, and come enjoy some good conversation.
  • The book for September is “Fried Green Tomatoes” by Fanny Flagg.

Wednesday Night Searchers

The Wednesday Night Searchers group explores the faith with a number of different methods: books, movies, TED Talks, directed studies, etc. Please join us Wednesday evenings from 7 – 9 pm in the Marvin Lounge; come for the study or come to be a part of a great supportive group of friends.

Wednesdays 7-9 pm

Marvin Lounge (*masks optional*) and via Zoom

Join us for weekly discussions based on this book by Kristin Kobes Du Mez. Jesus and John Wayne is a sweeping account of the last seventy-five years of white evangelicalism, showing how American evangelicals have worked for decades to replace the Jesus of the Gospels with an idol of rugged masculinity and Christian nationalism, or in the words of one modern chaplain, with “a spiritual badass”. You can hear a 2020 NPR interview with the author here.

The church has several books available for you to use; contact the church office to claim yours.

Join Searchers on Zoom

Bridge Group

Each month people who like to play bridge come together and do just that on the 3rd Friday of the month from 1:30 – 4:00 in the Marvin Lounge. All types of skill levels come to have fun, eat some snacks and talk. We usually have two to three tables and everyone is welcome, so bring a friend!

20/30s Gatherings

Folks in their 20s and 30s gather together for potluck dinners. We connect young adults together for friendship and support discussing a broad range of topics each time. Child care is not provided.  To connect with this group, email Pastor Josh,