Faith Formation and Christian Education

7 Ways to Support Your Church Educator and Youth Ministry Leader

Debbie Gline Allen

2/18/2019

Here are 7 key ways that can ensure your congregation will receive the best from its faith formation staff person.


Lent Is For Families

Debbie Gline Allen

2/6/2019

Parents are the primary and most effective faith educators for their children. So let's help them to celebrate Lent at home!


What is Contemporary Worship

The Parish Paper

2/1/2019

At First Church, the newly arrived pastor faced a question over whether to continue holding its evening service, which utilizes a rock band, praise songs, and emphasizes casual dress. To foster discussion, the pastor held a class for church leaders titled, “Worship: Changing to Reach a New Generation.” In class, a woman who attends the more traditional morning service raised her hand. “Pastor, I keep hearing people talk about contemporary worship. What exactly does that mean?”


Youth @ Synod Offers Teens More

Debbie Gline Allen

1/23/2019

Youth @ Synod is for young leaders who wish to increase their leadership skills within the workings of the UCC. Registration is open!


What Does Effective Intergenerational Worship Look Like?

Debbie Gline Allen

1/8/2019

Each congregation has a unique culture, and the process used to transition children into corporate worship will need to be an individualized one.


Many Voices One Mission: Where Two or Three Are Gathered

Karen Ziel

12/26/2018

"While leaders form bonds within their congregations; healthy relationships of mutual support among peers are essential."— Karen Ziel


First Church in Marlborough Brings Advent Home

Kazimierz Bem

12/21/2018

Most people know very well the tradition of lighting an Advent wreath at church. But First Church in Marlborough is doing something different - it encourages families to take it home as well.    The idea came up during a discussion between the Sunday School co-superintendents Anita Stetson and Lynette Biggs and Pastor Kaz on how to make Advent more special for families and children. Pastor Kaz, who comes originally from Poland, suggested a practice he knows from parts of Poland, Germany and ...


Children and the Christ in Christmas

Debbie Gline Allen

12/12/2018

It is my hope that our children will grow up knowing the true reason we celebrate Christmas. Let's get intentional!


JOMO - The Joy of Missing Out - Attention youth (and the adults who love them.)

Sarah Buteux

12/5/2018

Maybe you've heard of FOMO: the Fear of Missing Out? It's the fear that somewhere someone is watching, reading, tweeting, or experiencing something better than what you are experiencing right now. It's the low level of anxiety so many of us feel that keeps us tethered to our devices, constantly texting and scrolling to see what we might be missing.


Simply Smiles

Debbie Gline Allen

11/28/2018

How do we reach out to teens we know would benefit from what we have to offer when church is just one more in a smorgasbord of choices they have?


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Authors

Dawn Adams

John Allen

James Antal

Steven Aucella

Andrea Ayvazian

Kazimierz Bem

Margaret Bendroth

Rachel Bickford

Marisa Brown-Ludwig

The Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas

Sarah Buteux

Alison Buttrick Patton

Matthew Carriker

Bart Cochran

June Cooper

Lucy Costa

Brendan Curran

Joanne Dickey

Rev. Rob Donaldson

Matthew Emery

Robert Everett

Justine Fisler

Laura Fitzpatrick-Nager

Michael Frady

Kelly Gallagher

Marlene Gasdia-Cochrane

Thomas Gerstenlauer

Debbie Gline Allen

Martha Goodman

Cleo Graham

Sir John Hargrave

TJ Harper

Myriam Hernandez Jennings

John Hudson

Elena Huegel

Vicki Kemper

Debbie Kolacki

Rosemary Lamie

Kate Layzer

Barbara Libby

Amy Lignitz Harken

Mark Longhurst

Estelle Margarones

Elsa Marshall

Keith Marzilli Ericson

Debi Mastroni-Kenyon

Jessica McArdle

Fred Meade

Karen Methot

Kimberly Murphy

Liza Neal

Jonathan New

Brenda Nolan

Amelia Nugent

The Parish Paper

Lindsay Popper

Judith Raymond

Donald Remick

Ellie Richardson

Rev. Valeria Schmidt

Timoth Sylvia

Nancy Taylor

Sally Tomasetti

Tiffany Vail

Wendy Vander Hart

Todd Weir

John White