New Partnership Brings New Resource Center to Conference

5/10/2017

Massachusetts Conference churches and their members will now have free access to a series of webinars and a library of books, articles, videos and CDs through a new partnership between the Conference and Practical Resources for Churches, a New York based organization. Church members will also be able to contact the PRC's staff of consultants.

A catalog of available resources, including recorded webinars, can be found at www.macucc.org/prcli.  Upcoming webinars will be on the Conference Event Calendar and included in the weekly Emailing

Charlaine Aspel, PRC Executive Director, is a UCC person, actively involved in the New York Conference.

"Charlaine and and her staff curate resources ensuring they are current and relevant in the ever changing landscape of ministry in the 21st century," said Associate Conference Minister Ellie Richardson, who arranged for the partnership.

The following is a brief introduction provided by PRC explaining what is now available with no fee for MACUCC churches:

Consultants:
Our consultants are at the core of what we do. Sometimes the hardest thing for a member of a subscribing church to do is remember that they are not alone. All it takes is a phone call, a visit or an e-mail. Our team of consultants have expertise in various areas of church work and they will work with any church member in whatever way is most convenient. (Contact information is at www.prcli.org.) 

No question is too small: 
I would like to do a dramatic reading about the women of the Bible with my small group.
I need a liturgy for the Blessing of the Animals.
Can you recommend a book to read about stewardship?

No question is too big:
Our Sunday school is dying; can you help us evaluate our program and see new possibilities?
Will you plan a day about worshiping through the senses, and include making a banner and walking the labyrinth?
Can we call you with questions about QuickBooks?

No question takes too long:
Can you tailor a lectionary curriculum for our Sunday school and e-mail it to the teachers each month?
Please help our women's group choose programming for the whole year!

No question comes too late:
It’s Ash Wednesday and I am starting a Wednesday night Lenten program for youth; can you e-mail me something?
I have a study on Romans tonight; what can I use?

Webinars:
We all know how difficult it is to train church leaders. Several years ago, PRC made the strategic decision to begin producing webinars in addition to our workshops and choose to align our productions with the mission of the PRC -- to provide practical and cost-effective solutions and resources for churches. The result was a program of short, one hour, topic-focused presentations by well-regarded authors and speakers that have practical answers to questions that churches ask.

Resources:
Our consultants can recommend resources to fit your needs. If you are not in the area, we can mail resources to you from our extensive collection of books, DVDs, CDs and more. 

We have many adult studies for you to borrow, including DVD studies, as well as material to help you plan worship or put together a retreat. Our leadership section has the latest books on church transformation as well as resources to help you plan a stewardship campaign or start a spiritual gifts program and much more. 

For those who work with children and youth we have samples of all the major curriculums, including VBS kits and confirmation curriculum, as well as books with lesson plans and activity ideas. We also send out an e-mail with Sunday school lessons and activities based on the lectionary for every Sunday in the year.

Visit www.prcli.org to see what is available.


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