Faith Formation, Christian Education & Youth Ministry


Click here for a one-page overview 
of this month's upcoming events


There are 4 ways to access education resources for your congregation:

  1. Browse through this webpage to locate the resources you need for your programs. You will find webinars, networking opportunities, retreats, resource recommendations, and more!
     
  2. Contact the Massachusetts Conference’s Associate for Faith Formation & Youth Ministries, Debbie Gline Allen, if you have a specific question or need some guidance in navigating the world of Christian education resources. You may reach her at glineallend@macucc.org or call 508-603-6601.
     
  3. Join our Faith Formation Facebook Group by searching for "Massachusetts UCC Faith Formation" click on "Join."
     
  4. Massachusetts Conference churches and their members now have free access to a series of webinars and a library of books, articles, videos and CDs through a new partnership with Practical Resources for Churches, a New York based online church resource center. The PRC’s live webinars and previously recorded webinars are offered at no cost. Visit their website for more information: http://www.prcli.org

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Upcoming Events

 

Youth Retreat: March 27-29, 2020   Register today. Space is limited!

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 of the Federated Church in Hyannis. We will learn about their ministry, hear from a recent guest, sleep over night at the church, and then serve breakfast to people experiencing homelessness. From there we will head over to Craigville Conference and Retreat Center for a time of rest, reflection, and rejuvenation. Come and bring a friend!!!!  Cost is $155.00 per person.  Download the flyer for complete details. 

    Register Now

UCC National Youth Event

     UNITE!

     The United Church of Christ’s National Youth Event will take place at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana July 22-25, 2020. This 4-day event is celebrated as the largest denominational gathering, often bringing in 3,000 participants! This time together is centered on faith, leadership, service, and social justice to empower youth in 6th-12 grades.
     The theme and focus for the event is Unite! 
                                                                 Unite for the Earth
                                                                 Unite for Justice
                                                                 Unite in Faith​

     The Southern New England Conference will organize bus transportation with two options:

Direct Bus leaving from Framingham, MA July 21 & returning July 26
OR
Service Trip En-Route Bus leaving from Hartford, CT July 20 & returning July 26


Click here for more information
and here to view the promotional video
Click here to print a flier for MACUCC


Cost: $375 plus transportation costs
Questions?  Contact Debbie Gline Allen, Associate for Faith Formation & Youth Ministries

Click here to Pre-Register


 Resources

21st Century Faith Formation      

Advent, Christmas & Epiphany

Baptism and Communion Resources

Bibles and Baptism Books for Children

Certificate Program in Faith Formation & Youth Ministries
          NEW UPDATES!    Registration is now open

Children's Messages

Church Safety Ministry and iCORI information

Communities of Practice for Christian Educators & Youth Ministry Leaders

Compensation Guidelines for Christian Educations/Youth Ministry Leaders (see Christian Educator's Guide and Handbook for Youth Ministry Leaders under "Helpful Handbooks" below)

Confirmation Programs

Confirmation Retreats hosted by the Massachusetts Conference

Continuing Education

Curriculum Resources (including a 2019 Curriculum Overview Chart)

DVD Lending Library

Faith Formation Classes for Local Church Leaders

NEW! Gun Violence Resources

Helpful Handbooks:
           Christian Educator's Guide
           Seeking a Christian Educator or Youth Ministry Leader
           Youth Ministry Leader's Handbook
           See also "7 Ways to Support Your Church Educator & Youth Ministry Leader"

Intergenerational Worship & Ministry
     Includes a rationale for intergenerational ministries and worship
     New resourced on Pray-Grounds just added!

Learning Disabilities & Special Needs in Christian Education

Lectionary Scripture Readings

Lent & Easter Resources

NEW! Mission Trips & Resources (located on the Youth Ministry page)

Outdoor Ministries & Summer Camps

Racial Justice Resources for Families

Rethinking Sunday School

Retreat Leaders & Spiritual Directors

Stewardship with Children 

Talking with Children About Tough Issues (grief, death, divorce, violence, natural disasters, pornography) - new highly-recommended book just added!

Vacation Bible School

Webinars

Youth Ministry NEW!   Youth Retreat at Cape Cod: March 27-29, 2020

NEW! Youth Ministry Certificate Program

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