Faith Formation, Christian Education & Youth Ministry

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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 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:


Upcoming Events

UCC National Youth Event


     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 and young adults ages 12-22.
     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 a one-day service component in Ohio.

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


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


Youth Ministry

NEW! Youth Ministry Certificate Program

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