Now is the time to start fund raising to attend the 2018 Eastern Regional Youth Event this summer! Registration will be opening soon, but please pre-register here to help us plan for transportation.
ERYE 2018 is a 4-day event that will grow your spirit through workshops, service, worship, and recreation. The estimated cost to date is $350 per person in addition to RI, MA, & CT bus transportation.
Click here for more EYRE 2018 details.
Contact Debbie Gline Allen, MACUCC Christian Education and Youth Ministry Consultant, with your specific questions.
Special Note to Youth in Western MA:
Rev. Jennie Valentine is organizing a special pre-event for youth and their leaders from the Hampshire Association. Please contact her for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EEYM is an interactive program for local church youth ministry leaders who are just beginning their work with youth, or who feel the need to obtain new skills. This program is designed for pastors, lay leaders, Christian education directors and youth ministry leaders who are interested in developing a comprehensive youth ministry in their local church. Click here for more information and to register.
Rev. Matt Carriker facilitates an annual retreat each fall for youth groups throughout the Massachusetts Conference. Visit here in the spring of 2018 for information and a registration link.
"I learned at the soup kitchen that there is a need to help others within all of us.
Our faith is one when we come together as one. This retreat was awesome!"
[a participant's reflection from the 2017 Youth Retreat]
Rev. Matt Carriker facilitates several Confirmation Retreats throughout the program year for Confirmation Classes in local Massachusetts Conference churches. Click here for more information and to register.
A practical resource blog for Christian education. Type “youth ministry” into the Search box
Twin Calamities: Declining Churches, Struggling Youth
Relationships First: Creating Connections That Help Young People Thrive
OMG: A Youth Ministry Handbook edited by Kenda Creasy Dean
Contributors include: Kenda Creasy Dean, Mike Carotta, Roland Martinson, Rodger Nishioka,
Don Richter, Dayle Gillespie Rounds, and Amy Scott Vaughn
A series of books and resources by Kara Powell and Chap Clark of the Fuller Youth Institute
“A ministry framework backed by practical and proven ideas to help develop long-term faith.”
Beyond the Screen: Youth Ministry for a Connected But Alone Generation by Andrew Zirschky
“Provides a deeper glimpse into the world of teens and social media and gives new direction and directives for ministering to
Right Click: Parenting Your Teenager in a Digital World by Art Bamford, Brad Griffin, & Kara Powell
“Practical answers to the most-often asked questions about how to handle social media.”
Youth Group Seeds: A Practical Guide to Growing a Youth Group by Rev. Terry O. Martinson
If growing a youth group in a local church was an easy thing to do, every church would have a youth
group. The truth is, creating and growing a youth group is hard work. To grow a youth group a church
needs a committed leadership team and a handful of enthusiastic teens to get things started. This book
describes the seeds that are needed to grow a youth group. Also included in this book are 30 program
seeds that can be tailored for use in local church youth groups. A labor of love written by a dedicated
pastor with a special calling for youth ministry combined with the gifts of commitment, experience and
This helpful, practical guide is written for those who know that building a faith-filled foundation for
our youth as they journey into the future is, indeed, a precious ministry. Order your copy today!
Only $16.00 plus shipping costs. Click here to order online. (If you would rather mail a check, print
the order form and mail it with a check payable to MACUCC, 1 Badger Road,
Framingham, MA 01702 c/o Cindy Bolton)
The Rev. Terry O. Martinson was the senior pastor of The Old South Union Church – United Church of Christ in South
Weymouth, Massachusetts. For almost 40 years, he nurtured the growth of the church’s youth group. In 1972 the youth group had
less than 50 members. Now there are over 500 active, enthusiastic members meeting every Sunday evening during the school
year. Terry is a graduate of Bethany College (1969) and Princeton Theological Seminary (1972.) He was ordained as a minister in
the United Church of Christ in June of 1972. Rev. Terry Martinson served as the pastor of The Old South Union Church in S.
Weymouth for 41 years. His youth group, which he led, had more than 500 members in grades 7 - 12 and a staff of four dozen
volunteers. Terry retired from the church in 2013. The youth group is still going strong.
Back Bay Mission (Biloxi, MS)
Church World Service
City Mission - Boston Immersion
Common Cathedral (Boston)
Emmaus HOME (Orland, ME)
Father Bill's & MainSpring (Quincy & Brockton)
Habitat for Humanity
Heifer Project (Please note: Overlook Farm in Rutland, MA is now closed)
Worcester Area Mission Society (WAMS)
Youth Service Opportunities Project (NYC & Washington DC)
Youth Street Reach (Cape Cod)
UCC Volunteering opportunities throughout the US
Practical Resources for Churches
An online ecumenical resource center with free resources on a wide variety of church topics, including youth ministry
Fuller Youth Institute
The home of “Sticky Faith,” research, books, and free resources to help churches form their teens in a faith that sticks
Yale Youth Ministry Institute
Free lectures, video recordings of Summer Symposium presenters, and other resources