**includes updates related to cancellations due to the Coronavirus
There are 4 ways to access education resources for your congregation:
- Browse through this webpage to locate the resources you need for your programs. You will find webinars, networking opportunities, retreats, resource recommendations, and more!
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-603-6601.
- Join our Faith Formation Facebook Group by searching for "Massachusetts UCC Faith Formation" click on "Join."
- 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
CANCELLED - Youth Service Program at Super Saturday!
March 14, 2020
Minnechaug Regional High School, Wilbraham, MA
Click here for more information and to register.
POSTPONED TO SUMMER 2022
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
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
POSTPONED TO FALL 2020
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
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 Retreats hosted by the Massachusetts Conference
Curriculum Resources (including a 2019 Curriculum Overview Chart)
DVD Lending Library
Faith Formation Classes for Local Church Leaders
Gun Violence Resources
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 - NATIONAL YOUTH EVENT 2020 HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO SUMMER 2022
Youth Ministry Certificate Program