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April 2019

FREE Webinar: Small Church Checkup: Assessing Your Church's Health and Creating a Treatment Plan

Thursday, April 4, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Online
T Thursday, April 4, 2019 7:00 – 8:00 PM Eastern Leader: Kay Kotan There are three kinds of small churches: not yet big, stable, and smaller. This learning source will walk you through an assessment to help you determine what type of small church you...

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 ...

FREE Webinar: Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

Thursday, April 25, 2019 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Online
Thursday April 25 from 1:00-2:30. Sexual Harassment can more easily be prevented when everyone, employers and employees, is aware of what constitutes unlawful sexual harassment, how any complaints must be handled, and the responsibilities of ...

Sustainable Values in a Climate Crisis World

Sunday, April 28, 2019 6:30 PM
Location: The Congregational Church of Weston
After Easter and the first Sunday after Earth Day Jim Antal, the former Massachusetts Conference Minister for the United Church of Christ, and author of the book Climate Church, Climate World, will be visiting Weston on April 28. There will be a ...

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 ...

9th Annual CTUCC Youth Revival

Sunday, May 5, 2019 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: First Congregational Church in Bloomfield
First Congregational Church in Bloomfield Sunday, May 5 at 3:00 PM 9th Annual CTUCC Youth Revival    WHAT IS A REVIVAL? This is a dynamic worship service that will your renew your spirit.  Come and lift your praises, celebrate vitality, and embrace ...

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 ...

Synod Environmental Resolutions Webinar

Thursday, June 6, 2019 2:00 PM
The UCC's Council for Climate Justice is sponsoring a webinar in which lead authors and advocates for five environmentally-related resolutions will present on their respective resolutions. The webinar is for anyone in the UCC regardless of ...

UCC Musicians Association National Conference

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 to Friday, June 28, 2019
Location: First Congregational UCC
Join the United Church of Christ Musicians Association at their national conference planned for Tuesday, June 25 to Friday, June 28 at First Congregational UCC in Madison, Wisconsin. This event immediately follows the UCC Synod in Milwaukee and is ...
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2019 Craigville Theological Colloquy

Monday, July 8, 2019 to Friday, July 12, 2019
Location: CRAIGVILLE RETREAT CENTER
This year's topic:  Faith & Science:  The Choices We Make The full-week colloquy experience includes:  Presentations, biblical reflections, morning prayer, workshops, Taize worship service, small group discussions, singing in the choir, many ways ...
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The Fiscal Cliff: Part 1 of Navigating the Wilderness

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Online
Session 1: July 10, 2019, 7 PM Financial Forecasting and Communication Is your church approaching a financial cliff? Are you wondering how to avoid going off the edge? Read the attached flyer for a primer on how church’s wind up on the edge of the ...

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...

Webinar: Sunday School Curriculum Overview

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Leader: Debbie Kolacki A Faith Formation Resources Webinar Join us as we take a look at Sunday school curriculum options for children and youth. We’ll discuss considerations for selecting curriculum, age level groupings, and the different types of ...

Webinar: Unleashing God’s Word in the Lives of Children: Introducing Bible Story Basics

Thursday, August 8, 2019 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Leader: Nancy Speas Hill A Faith Formation Resources Webinar Bible Story Basics, new from Abingdon Press for Fall 2019, is a comprehensive 3-year Bible study built to help children understand the overarching story of God’s Word. Underlying each ...

Webinar: Holy Currencies

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Leader: Eric H.W. Law This webinar will explore a holistic process for awesome stewardship and for creating sustainable and missional ministries. The Rev. Dr. Eric H. F. Law is the founder and executive director of the Kaleidoscope Institute, which...

Webinar: Intergenerational Preaching: Reaching People in the Pews and in the Public Square

Thursday, September 5, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Online
Leader: Mark Jefferson This webinar will offer an opportunity to explore methods and approaches for effective preaching to engage different generational perspectives in the church space and beyond.  The Rev. Mark Anderson Jefferson, PhD, currently ...

FREE Webinar: Intentional Older Adult Ministry

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: ZOOM WEBINAR
Leader: Richard Gentzler The objectives for this one-hour webinar are: to recognize why many churches are "graying," clarify the role of the congregation in an aging society, identify various older ministry models and ideas for ministry, describe ...
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Maintenance to Mission: Part 2 of Navigating the Wilderness

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Online
Session 2: September 17 2019, 7 PM Clarity on Why we are Church Is your church struggling with missional clarity and instead simply riding a cyclical wave of liturgy and activity? Are you wondering how to re-energize your ministries? Charlie ...

FREE Webinar: Breaking the Silence about Mental Illness, Family and Church

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: ZOOM WEBINAR
Leader: Sarah Lund Join the Rev. Dr. Sarah Lund, pastor, author and educator, for a conversation about the power of breaking the silence about mental illness, family and church. You will be inspired and equipped with practical resources to help ...
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FREE Webinar: Exploring Advent Adult Studies

Thursday, September 19, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: ZOOM WEBINAR
Leader: Sarah LundLeader: Debbie Kolacki Advent is the perfect time to offer a small group study which prepares hearts and souls for the birth of Jesus. Most of the Advent studies available fit into a four or five week time frame; besides the ...
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General Association 2019

Monday, September 23, 2019 to Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Location: The Hartford Marriott Farmington

Called to Teach Online Course: September 23 through October 14, 2019

Monday, September 23, 2019
Location: ZOOM WEBINAR
September 23, 2019 - October 14, 2019 Leader: Debbie Kolacki Cost: $50 This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU. If you are a new Sunday school teacher or an experienced teacher who wants to grow, this three-week course on BeADisciple.com is for you. ...
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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 ...

FREE Webinar: Simplifying Church Structure

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: ZOOM WEBINAR
Leader: Doug Bixby Participants in this workshop will explore ways to simplify church structure, so that you have fewer meetings and more ministry, less conflict and more community. We will talk about ways of streamlining decision making while ...
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FREE Webinar: Connecting to Your Community Through Arts Ministry

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: ZOOM WEBINAR
Leader: Joy Skjegstad Arts ministry can be a new and creative way to connect with the community around your church. Learn how to build connections with the artists in your community and congregation and design an arts ministry that fits your ...
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Communities of Practice for Christian Educators and Youth Leaders 2019-2020

Saturday, October 12, 2019 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Edwards House Retreat Center
Communities of Practice for Christian Educators and Youth Ministers/Directors Facilitator:  Kerry Mortland Kerry Mortland If you have been unable to join a group due to times and locations or other circumstances then these meetings may be just the...
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FREE Webinar: Meet the Author: Tales of the Inner City

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: ZOOM WEBINAR
Leader: Scott Bryte Author Scott Bryte will discuss his book, Tales of the Inner City, a collection of twelve Bible Stories written and illustrated in a style that is a twisted mash up of Alice in Wonderland, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and ...
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FREE Webinar: Improving Your Church's Web Presence

Thursday, October 24, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: ZOOM WEBINAR
Leader: Eric Seiberling Today, people use the Internet to find things they need, research things they are interested in and use it as they would use the Yellow Pages, 411 or even a map. Like it or not, your church is already online. The question is, ...
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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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The Changing 21st Century Sunday School

Monday, October 28, 2019
Monday, October 28, 2019, through Monday, November 18, 2019 Cost: $50 This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU. Leader: Debbie Kolacki If you’re involved with Sunday school, either as a superintendent, CE director, teacher, or another capacity, then you’...

FREE Webinar: Faithification: Gamifying Faith Formation

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: ZOOM WEBINAR
Leader: Stephanie Luedtke Gamification has become a popular approach to education, professional development, and even fitness. (Anyone working for that next badge on your Fitbit?) Why not take the excitement and motivation to faith formation? Take a ...
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Southern New England Conference Annual Meeting

Friday, November 1, 2019 to Saturday, November 2, 2019
Location: DCU Center
Coverage of this Annual Meeting will continue to be posted here over the coming days as it becomes available.  

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
PLEASE CONTACT HEATHER RAMSEY MABROUK IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN REGISTERING. ramsey-mabroukh@macucc.org or 617-645-9545​.   Director / Retreat Leader Rev. Barbara Lemmel is an ordained elder in the New England Conference of the UMC. She has ...

FREE Webinar: Making God's Word Come Alive: Interactive Preaching and Storytelling

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: ZOOM WEBINAR
Leaders: Karen Ware Jackson and Heather Roth Johnson Join Heather Johnson and Karen Ware Jackson as they explore different ways to involve the congregation in God's Word in worship. We'll share some of our favorite work as well as walk through best ...
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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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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.

Communities of Practice for Christian Educators and Youth Leaders 2019-2020

Saturday, December 7, 2019 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Edwards House Retreat Center
THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Communities of Practice for Christian Educators and Youth Ministers/Directors  Leader:  Kerry Mortland  If you have been unable to join a group due to times and locations or other circumstances then these meetings ...

Cultivating Connections

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 4:00 PM to 4:40 PM
Southern New England Conference, United Church of Christ presents… Conversations with colleagues: A networking opportunity for Youth Ministry Leaders in CT, MA, and RI. Date          Topic 12.17        National Youth Event Preview 01.21        ...
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Engaging Our Sacred Scripture's Story - Onsite

Saturday, January 11, 2020 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
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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Merciful Conversations on Ministry - Unwrapping our Challenges

Monday, January 13, 2020 10:00 AM to Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 4:00 PM
Rhode Island Minister’s Retreat Enjoy two days of fellowship and conversation with colleagues in the City by the Sea! The retreat, held at the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina, will include whole group and small group discussions, as well as the ...
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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
PLEASE CONTACT HEATHER RAMSEY MABROUK IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN REGISTERING. ramsey-mabroukh@macucc.org or 617-645-9545​. Human systems are complicated, and churches are no exception. At their best, they draw out excellence in their people. At their...

Cultivating Connections

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 4:00 PM to 4:40 PM
Southern New England Conference, United Church of Christ presents… Conversations with colleagues: A networking opportunity for Youth Ministry Leaders in CT, MA, and RI. Date          Topic 12.17        National Youth Event Preview 01.21        ...
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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
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.

Cultivating Connections

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 4:00 PM to 4:40 PM
Southern New England Conference, United Church of Christ presents… Conversations with colleagues: A networking opportunity for Youth Ministry Leaders in CT, MA, and RI. Date          Topic 12.17        National Youth Event Preview 01.21        ...
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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 ...

Youth Ministry 101 - Onsite

Saturday, March 7, 2020 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Practices for a Sustainable Ministry  Leader:  Dave and Becky Stambaugh This is an onsite class only.  Webinar (ZOOM) class is May 2, 2020. Please visit the Certification webpage for complete information. https://www.macucc.org/certification
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Communities of Practice for Christian Educators and Youth Leaders 2019-2020

Saturday, March 7, 2020 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Edwards House Retreat Center
Communities of Practice for Christian Educators and Youth Ministers/Directors  Leader:  Kerry Mortland 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 ...
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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
PLEASE CONTACT HEATHER RAMSEY MABROUK IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN REGISTERING. ramsey-mabroukh@macucc.org or 617-645-9545​. Human systems are complicated, and churches are no exception. At their best, they draw out excellence in their people. At their...

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 Southern New England Conference, UCC, with presenters and attendees from each conference. A full day of workshops, forums, networking, a marketplace and worship. Marketplace Registration is Now Open:  ...

Cultivating Connections

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 4:00 PM to 4:40 PM
Southern New England Conference, United Church of Christ presents… Conversations with colleagues: A networking opportunity for Youth Ministry Leaders in CT, MA, and RI. Date          Topic 12.17        National Youth Event Preview 01.21        ...
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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
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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Youth Retreat - Cape Cod, MA

Friday, March 27, 2020 7:00 PM to Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Facilitated by the Rev.'s. Matt Carriker and Sarah Buteux, teens grade 6-12 are invited to join us for this 2-day retreat of sabbath and service with other youth from all over Massachusetts. We'll begin the weekend at Youth Street Reach, a ministry ...
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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.  

Coaching4Clergy Professional Coach Training - Part 1

Sunday, April 19, 2020 to Friday, April 24, 2020
Location: TBD
Coaching4Clergy Professional Coach Training – Part 1 Sponsored by the “Together We Thrive: Nurturing Pastoral Leadership” Initiative A collaboration of the Southern New England Conferences, UCC, the New England Synod ELCA, Lutheran and the Episcopal ...
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PEP Spring Facilitators Gathering

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Location: First Church in Marlboro
Details coming soon!

Youth Ministry 101 - ZOOM

Saturday, May 2, 2020 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: ZOOM only
Practices for a Sustainable Ministry  Leaders: Dave and Becky Stambaugh This is a "ZOOM" only class.  Participants will get information about logistics a few days prior to the session.

Simply Smiles Service and Learning Trip

Saturday, May 9, 2020 to Saturday, May 16, 2020
The Conference is organizing a week-long trip to the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota from May 9 to May 16, 2020. Simply Smiles, an organization founded by Bryan Nurnberger, who grew up in the Naugatuck UCC congregation, will be our ...
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Communities of Practice for Christian Educators and Youth Leaders 2019-2020

Saturday, May 9, 2020 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Edwards House Retreat Center
Communities of Practice for Christian Educators and Youth Ministers/Directors  Leader:  Kerry Mortland 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 ...
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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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400th Anniversary Celebration - Plymouth

Friday, October 23, 2020 to Sunday, October 25, 2020
The Church of the Pilgrimage in Plymouth is planning a special anniversary celebration of the beginning of the United Church of Christ's Pilgrim and Congregational heritage on the weekend of October 23-25 in 2020. Special guest during the weekend ...

Super Saturday

Saturday, October 24, 2020 8:00 AM to 3:45 PM
Location: Keefe Regional Technical High School

Writer's Workshop

Monday, November 9, 2020 to Sunday, November 15, 2020
Location: Warren Center
Details coming soon!

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