Adult Christian Education Opportunities


ACE Reading Group Update
The Adult Christian Ed Reading Group has selected Holy Envy as its selection to begin this year's discussion.  The book has gotten much "buzz" as an interesting read to explore your definition of faith.  It was cited in reverend Bruch's sermon's over the summer and seemed like a logical selection to start our fall group.This reading group has been part of the ACE program three years reading a wide variety of books that help define our sense of faith and humanity.  If you are interested in joining please contact Steve Whelan or the church office.  We schedule our meetings for once a month and our selections average 50 pages per session for discussion.  It's a wonderful group of readers and you'll find a lively and diverse discussion on issues ranging from philosophy, faith, spirituality and even politics - oh my!

If you're interested send an email note to

Conversation Cafe Feedback on

“How Can We Stop Mass Shootings?”
More than 50 people attended the Conversation Cafe in the Emerson Center fellowship hall on Wednesday evening, Nov. 6, 2019.  37 responded with written feedback forms.  


ALL respondents agreed that the structured format was conducive to sharing ideas, and were interested in attending another Conversation Cafe!   34 of 37 responders reported finding common ground, although some felt that there was not enough diversity of opinion within their particular group.  Healthcare and immigration issues were the most frequently listed of the 18 topics of interest for future for the next cafe announcement.  


New year challenge: invite a neighbor with a differing opinion! We welcome diversity!  Contact Mike Ierardi, Jackie Cassiday, Bob Kmetz or church office for questions about the Conversation Cafe, or read about it @

Bible Study

Adult Bible studies are led by Martin Riekert, ongoing, and meet weekly with two group options: Tuesdays 10-11am and Wednesdays 6-7pm.  Current studies are with a UCC publication on the Book of Acts.  Our groups are informal and involve lively open discussion on issues of faith and life that the readings elicit, or sometimes just address 'burning' questions/issues people want to discuss....not boring!  Anyone can come anytime and check it out.

Join us for worship!

Sundays at 9:30 am

followed by

coffee fellowship

in the Emerson Center

Site map

The Congregational Church of Topsfield
9 East Common Street
Topsfield, MA 01983
Phone: (978) 887-2101
Fax: (978) 887-9531
General email:

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The Church Office is in the Emerson Center at 9 East Common St. across from the Town Common.

Office hours are

Mon. – Fri. 10 AM – 1 PM and by appointment.

Summer Office hours are

Tues. - Thurs. - 10 AM - 1 PM and by appointment