Faith Formation Updates - Something for Everyone!

Debbie Gline Allen


It so often feels like everything around us is changing. Sometimes the changes come so quickly it's nearly impossible to keep up. Similar shifts and changes are happening in the church as well, and it is my goal to help you adapt and keep up as you bring up your congregation's children and youth in the faith.

Here are some updates and helpful resources to aid you in keeping the baptismal vows we make “to love, support, and care for these children as they live and grow in Christ” [United Church of Christ Book of Worship].

Massachusetts UCC Faith Formation Facebook Group
Join us as we share resources, connect with other congregations offering similar programs, and compare notes as colleagues in this exciting ministry.

Effective Education for Youth Ministry (EEYM)
Register now for our first class of the year on January 20th with Rev. Shari Ingalls Anderson and Rev. Joe Mayher sharing their combined years of knowledge and experience with “Theological Foundations for Youth Ministry.” A video conferencing option is available. Click here to learn about the other class offerings, and to register.

Eastern Regional Youth Event — July 19-22, 2018
Join UCC 6th-12th graders from throughout the northeast to experience the vitality and diversity of the wider United Church of Christ engaging in worship, workshops, service projects, recreation, and being nurtured as young leaders. Click here for more information and to preregister. Rev. Jennie Valentine is organizing a special pre-event for youth and their leaders from the Hampshire Association. Please contact her for more information at

New England Youth Environmental Justice Summit
April 7, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Brookside Congregational Church in Manchester, NH. Click here for more information.

Christian Education Certification Classes are for All
Our next class is Old and New Testament with Rev. Don Remick.
March 3, 2018 at Centre Congregational Church in Lynnfield, MA
March 24, 2018 at Edwards Church in Northampton, MA
A video conferencing option is available for March 24th.
For more information and to register, click here.

Confirmation Retreats
There are still openings at the retreats offered at Prindle Pond Conference Center  March 2-3, 2018 or March 16-17, 2018. Click here for more information and to register.

Free Webinar — Passing On the Faith in Today’s Congregations
January 23, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Offered through the Massachusetts Conference's partnership with Practical Resources for Churches. If your congregation is ready to step out in faith to try different models for passing on the faith to the next generation, Debbie Gline Allen will help you to adapt to the cultural, digital, and commitment/priority shifts that your church families are experiencing. Click here for more information and to register.

New Updates and Resources Added to the MACUCC Faith Formation Web Pages
Youth Ministry
Learning Disabilities & Special Needs in Christian Education
Curriculum Resources — Choosing, Adapting, Evaluating

Debbie Gline Allen is the part-time Christian Education & Youth Ministry Consultant for the Massachusetts Conference United Church of Christ. She can be reached at or by calling 508-603-6601.


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