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April 2019

Faith Formation/Certification "Year Two" 2018-2019

Saturday, April 6, 2019 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Edwards Church
Topic: Human and Faith Development Instructor: Nancy Sides, Certified Christian Educator, recently retired after serving as the church educator at First Congregational Church of Westminster (MA) for 34 years For complete details and registration ...
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Tending the Fire-Opening Retreat (Series One)

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 1:00 PM to Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 4:00 PM
Location: Irons Homestead
  Director / Retreat Leader Rev. Barbara Lemmel is an ordained elder in the New England Conference of the UMC. She has served congregations in Vermont and upstate New York, facilitated conference re-structuring, and offers programming and ...

Education Planning for Congregations Workshop - Melrose, MA

Saturday, May 4, 2019 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Melrose Highlands Congregational Church
This Saturday morning session, taught by Debbie Gline Allen, will provide a step-by-step process for creating the solid groundwork required for the best possible education and faith-forming ministry for each age group in your congregation. This ...
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Communities of Practice for Christian Educators and Youth Leaders 2018-2019

Saturday, May 11, 2019 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Edwards House Retreat Center
Communities of Practice for Christian Educators and Youth Ministers/Directors If you have been unable to join a group due to times and locations or other circumstances then these meetings may be just the opportunity you are looking for to network and...

Tending the Fire-Deepening Retreat (Series One)

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 1:00 PM to Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 4:00 PM
Location: Edwards House
Human systems are complicated, and churches are no exception. At their best, they draw out excellence in their people. At their worst, they become stuck --undermining and sabotaging even the most well-designed plans for change. Tending the Fire ...

Adult Music Camp 2019

Thursday, July 25, 2019 2:00 PM to Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Location: United Camps, Conferences & Retreats at Craigville
CAMP IS SOLD OUT. YOU CAN PUT YOUR NAME ON THE WAIT LIST AND YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED IF AN OPENING BECOMES AVAILABLE.  Click the "REGISTER" button to the right and it will take you to the wait list form. Join other musically minded Christian adults for...
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Active Threat (Active Shooter) Training - Beverly, MA

Saturday, September 21, 2019 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Second Congregational Church
Second Congregational Church in Beverly will host active threat training on Saturday, September 21, 2019 and welcomes all to attend. The training is presented by Blue-U Defense.  ​Seating is limited for this event to the first 80 applicants. The fee...
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Church Treasurers' Gathering in Stockbridge

Saturday, September 21, 2019 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: First Congregational Church of Stockbridge
Please join us for a cup of coffee and conversation that will help define your role as church treasurer and answer all those questions you might have. Church treasurers and assistant treasurers are all welcome. The program will run from 9:30 to ...

Tending the Fire-Sending Retreat (Series One)

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 1:00 PM to Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 4:00 PM
Location: Silver Lake Conference Center
Human systems are complicated, and churches are no exception. At their best, they draw out excellence in their people. At their worst, they become stuck --undermining and sabotaging even the most well-designed plans for change. Tending the Fire ...

New to the Conference Gathering

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Edwards House Meeting & Retreat Center
The annual New to the Conference Gathering will be held on Wednesday, September 25, 2019.  All clergy who have joined the conference within the last year, or were unable to attend last year, are invited to attend.  This gathering is to provide an ...
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Super Saturday

Saturday, October 5, 2019 8:00 AM to 3:45 PM
Location: Keefe Regional Technical High School
Super Saturday - October 5, 2019 Registration Deadline:  September 21, 2019 Join us for a full day of worship, workshops and networking.  All are welcome!  Super Saturdays are growing in popularity - REGISTER EARLY TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT! Something ...
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Boundary Awareness Training Registration, October 7th-8th, 2019

Monday, October 7, 2019 to Thursday, August 8, 2019
Location: 18 Andover Rd,
The dates for the next Boundary Awareness Training have been set for Monday, October 7th, and Tuesday, October 8th, 2019, at First Church in Billerica.  Participation in both days of the session is required of those who sign up.  Stay tuned for ...
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Fall Interim Gathering - Cultivating Hearts for Discernment

Thursday, October 10, 2019 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Edwards House Meeting & Retreat Center
As those who pastor others through seasons of transition, we help God’s people see and live into an unknown future - fraught with anxiety and filled with abundance. And often we discover in these times that God’s ways are not our ways - that God’s ...
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Church Treasurers' Gathering in West Boylston

Saturday, October 19, 2019 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: First Congregational Church, West Boylston
Please join us for a cup of coffee and conversation that will help define your role as church treasurer and answer all those questions you might have. Church treasurers and assistant treasurers are all welcome. The program will run from 9:30 to ...

Faith Formation 101 - Onsite

Saturday, October 26, 2019 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Practices for a Sustainable Ministry  Leader:  Karen Ziel This is an onsite class only.  Webinar (ZOOM) class is December 7, 2019. Please visit the Certification webpage for complete information. https://www.macucc.org/certification
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Youth Ministry 101 - Onsite

Saturday, October 26, 2019 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Practices for a Sustainable Ministry  Leader:  TBA This is an onsite class only.  Webinar (ZOOM) class is December 7, 2019. Please visit the Certification webpage for complete information. https://www.macucc.org/certification
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Southern New England conferences Annual Meeting

Friday, November 1, 2019 to Saturday, November 2, 2019
Location: DCU Center
“Cloud of Witnesses: UNBOUND” Scriptural focus: John 11:32-44.  We're almost there!  In June, the General Synod of the United Church of Christ approved the request of the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences to come ...
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Tending the Fire-Opening Retreat (Series Two)

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 1:00 PM to Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 4:00 PM
Location: Irons Homestead
  Director / Retreat Leader Rev. Barbara Lemmel is an ordained elder in the New England Conference of the UMC. She has served congregations in Vermont and upstate New York, facilitated conference re-structuring, and offers programming and ...
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PEP Fall Facilitators Gathering

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Edwards House Meeting & Retreat Center
FALL FACILITATORS GATHERING November 6, 2019 Small Groups that Make a Big Impact  Participants will explore best practices with regard to small group ministries.     Pathways for helping people to explore real-life and faith together. ...
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2019-2020 Confirmation Retreat at Craigville Retreat Center

Friday, November 8, 2019 6:45 PM to Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 4:30 PM
Location: Craigville Camps and Retreat Center
The 2019-2020 Confirmation Retreat Program is open to youth grades 8 & up. All the details about the program and open dates are available at http://www.macucc.org/confirmation  A $140 deposit must be paid within 10 days of registration to hold ...
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Coaching4Clergy Professional Coach Training - Part 1

Sunday, November 10, 2019 to Friday, November 15, 2019
Location: Edwards House Meeting & Retreat Center
Coaching4Clergy Professional Coach Training – Part 1 Sponsored by the “Together We Thrive: Nurturing Pastoral Leadership” Initiative A collaboration of the TA1 Conferences of the United Church of Christ,  The New England Synod of the Evangelical ...
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Writer's Workshop - The Art of the Personal Essay: Make A Point. Change the World: with the Rev. John F. Hudson

Monday, November 11, 2019 to Sunday, November 17, 2019
Location: Warren Conference Center and Inn
APPLICATIONS ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED FOR THIS WORKSHOP. Good non-fiction spiritual writing makes a point, tells a story, shares a memory, constructs an argument and always gives life to an idea. Personal essays require conciseness and clarity ...

Active Threat (Active Shooter) Training Shrewsbury, MA

Saturday, November 16, 2019 8:30 AM
Location: First Congregational Church
First Congregational Church in Shrewsbury will host active threat training on Saturday, November 16, 2019 and welcomes all to attend. The training is presented by Blue-U Defense.  ​Seating is limited for this event to the first 80 applicants. The ...
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Church Treasurers' Gathering in Northampton

Saturday, November 16, 2019 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Edwards Church of Northampton
Please join us for a cup of coffee and conversation that will help define your role as church treasurer and answer all those questions you might have. Church treasurers and assistant treasurers are all welcome. The program will run from 9:30 to ...

Faith Formation 101 - ZOOM

Saturday, December 7, 2019 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: ZOOM only
Practices for a Sustainable Ministry  Leader:  Karen Ziel This is a "ZOOM" only class.  Participants will get information about logistics prior to the session.

Youth Ministry 101 - ZOOM

Saturday, January 4, 2020 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: ZOOM only
Practices for a Sustainable Ministry  Leader:  TBA This is a "ZOOM" only class.  Participants will get information about logistics a few days prior to the session.

Engaging Our Sacred Scripture's Story - Onsite

Saturday, January 11, 2020 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: TBA
Engaging Our Sacred Scripture's Story  Leader:  Don Remick This is an onsite class only.  Webinar (ZOOM) class is February 8, 2020. Please visit the Certification webpage for complete information. https://www.macucc.org/certification
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Tending the Fire-Deepening Retreat (Series Two)

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 1:00 PM to Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 4:00 PM
Location: Edwards House
Human systems are complicated, and churches are no exception. At their best, they draw out excellence in their people. At their worst, they become stuck --undermining and sabotaging even the most well-designed plans for change. Tending the Fire ...
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2019-2020 Confirmation Retreat at Craigville Retreat Center

Friday, January 24, 2020 6:45 PM to Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 4:30 PM
Location: Craigville Camps and Retreat Center
This ONLINE ONLY REGISTRATION BEGINS JUNE 15, 2019. The 2019-2020 Confirmation Retreat Program is open to youth grades 8 & up. All the details about the program are available at http://www.macucc.org/confirmation  A $140 deposit must be paid ...

Serving Together - Mission for All Ages - Onsite

Saturday, February 1, 2020 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: TBA
Serving Together - Mission for All Ages Leader:  June Cooper This is an onsite class only.  Webinar (ZOOM) class is February 29, 2020.
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US/Mexico Border Tour

Sunday, February 2, 2020 to Saturday, February 8, 2020
The South East Area Mission and Justice Committee is partnering with the UCC's "Romero Center for Border Ministries and Strategies," to provide you with a unique interactive experience of the United States border with Mexico. You will see first-hand ...

Engaging Our Sacred Scripture's Story - ZOOM

Saturday, February 8, 2020 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: ZOOM only
Engaging Our Sacred Scripture's Story Leader:  Don Remick This is a "ZOOM" only class.  Participants will get information about logistics a few days prior to the session.

2019-2020 Confirmation Retreat at Prindle Pond Conference Center

Friday, February 28, 2020 6:45 PM to Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 4:30 PM
Location: Prindle Pond Conference Center at Pondside
The 2019-2020 Confirmation Retreat Program is open to youth grades 8 & up. All the details about the program and open dates are available at  http://www.macucc.org/confirmation  A $140 deposit must be paid within 10 days of registration to hold your...
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Serving Together - Mission for All Ages - ZOOM

Saturday, February 29, 2020 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: ZOOM only
Serving Together - Mission for All Ages Leader:  June Cooper This is a "ZOOM" only class.  Participants will get information about logistics a few days prior to the session.

2019-2020 Confirmation Retreat at Craigville Retreat Center

Friday, March 6, 2020 6:45 PM to Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 4:30 PM
Location: Craigville Camps and Retreat Center
This THIS RETREAT IS NOW FULL.  PLEASE CONSIDER ANOTHER DATE. The 2019-2020 Confirmation Retreat Program is open to youth grades 8 & up. All the details about the program and open dates are available at http://www.macucc.org/confirmation  A $140 ...

Tending the Fire-Sending Retreat (Series Two)

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 1:00 PM to Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 4:00 PM
Location: Silver Lake Conference Center
Human systems are complicated, and churches are no exception. At their best, they draw out excellence in their people. At their worst, they become stuck --undermining and sabotaging even the most well-designed plans for change. Tending the Fire ...
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Super Saturday

Saturday, March 14, 2020 8:00 AM to 3:45 PM
Location: Minnechaug Regional High School
Super Saturday is a collaborative effort of the Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island Conferences, UCC, with presenters and attendees from each conference. A full day of workshops, forums, networking, a marketplace and worship.

2019-2020 Confirmation Retreat at Prindle Pond Conference Center

Friday, March 20, 2020 6:45 PM to Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 4:30 PM
Location: Prindle Pond Conference Center at Pondside
The 2019-2020 Confirmation Retreat Program is open to youth grades 8 & up. All the details about the program and open dates are available at  http://www.macucc.org/confirmation  A $140 deposit must be paid within 10 days of registration to hold your...
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Exploring the UCC - Onsite

Saturday, March 21, 2020 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: TBA
Our History, Our Beliefs, Our Identity Leader: Jonathan New This is an onsite class only.  Webinar (ZOOM) class is March 28, 2020. Please visit the Certification webpage for complete information. https://www.macucc.org/certification
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Exploring the UCC - ZOOM

Saturday, March 28, 2020 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Online
Our History, Our Beliefs, Our Identity Leader: Jonathan New This is a "ZOOM" only class.  Participants will get information about logistics prior to the session.  

UCC National Youth Event

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 to Saturday, July 25, 2020
United Church of Christ’s National Youth Event will take place at Purdue University in West Lafayette Indiana July 22-25th 2020. This 4 day event is celebrated as the largest denominational gathering. Often bringing in 3,000 participants, this time ...
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