Faith Formation, Christian Education & Youth Ministry

NEW - Faith Formation @ Home Resources
            for CoVid-19 Cancellations
            *updated 3/27/20

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

**includes updates related to cancellations due to the Coronavirus

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

CANCELLED - Youth Service Program at Super Saturday!

March 14, 2020
Minnechaug Regional High School, Wilbraham, MA


Click here for more information and to register.







     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
Service Trip En-Route Bus leaving from Hartford, CT July 20 & returning July 26

Click here for complete information & to register
and here to view the promotional video
Click here to print a flier

Cost: Less than $800 per person
Questions?  Contact Debbie Gline Allen, Associate for Faith Formation & Youth Ministries



New England Environmental Justice Youth Summit
March 21, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
South Congregational Church, Concord, NH

Click here for more information and to register!


Southern New England Youth Revival
Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.
United Church on the Green, New Haven, CT

Click here for more information and to 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

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

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 
     and a resource on Pray-Grounds

Learning Disabilities & Special Needs in Christian Education

Lectionary Scripture Readings

Lent & Easter Resources

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

Outdoor Ministries & Summer Camps

Racial Justice Resources for Families

Rethinking Sunday School
     includes a new step-by-step plan for rethinking Sunday School

Retreat Leaders & Spiritual Directors

Stewardship with Children 

Talking with Children About Tough Issues (grief, death, divorce, violence, natural disasters, pornography)

Vacation Bible School



Youth Ministry Certificate Program

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