Faith Formation, Christian Education & Youth Ministry

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of this month's upcoming events

Upcoming Events


Youth Retreat at Craigville Conference Center on Cape Cod; March 22-24, 2019

Explore with other youth grades 6-12 from around the Mass. Conference (and beyond) how to develop 
"A Spiritually Healthy Relationship with Technology."
   Facilitated by Rev. Sarah Buteux and Rev. Matt Carriker.
Friday evening (after dinner) concluding on Sunday at 10 a.m.
$175.00 per person including adult leaders

Space is always limited at Craigville so click here to register today!  

Youth Mission Trip to Oaxaca, Mexico

Silver Lake Conference Center is sponsoring a service opportunity to Oaxaca, Mexico April 13-20, 2019 through the Simply Smiles program. The cost of $2000 includes round trip flights, food during the trip, and program costs.

Click here for more information and to register. For questions, please contact Rev. Ryan Gackenheimer, Executive Director of Silver Lake Conference Center, at 860-364-5526 x15.


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 Christian Education and Youth Ministry Consultant, 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:


Equipping & Networking Opportunities

Certification Program for Christian Educators
     *Registration is open!

Education for Effective Youth Ministry Certification Program (EEYM)  TBA-2020

Communities of Practice for Christian Educators & Youth Ministry Leaders

Faith Formation Classes




Confirmation retreats hosted by the Massachusetts Conference
Registration is ongoing.



Is this the End of Sunday School & Youth Ministry?
     Presented at Super Saturday March 2018

21st Century Faith Formation

Advent, Christmas & Epiphany

Baptism and Communion Resources

Bibles and Baptism Books for Children

New!  Children's Messages     Link to webinar just added

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

UpdatedContinuing Education   Vibrant Faith Institute and free      webinars just added

Curriculum Resources

Curriculum Comparison Chart for Children's Ministries

Curriculum Comparison Chart for Youth Ministries

DVD Lending Library

Helpful Handbooks:
           Christian Educator's Guide
           Seeking a Christian Educator or Youth Ministry Leader
           Youth Ministry Leader's Handbook

Intergenerational Worship & Ministry

Learning Disabilities & Special Needs in Christian Education

Lectionary Scripture Readings

Lent & Easter Resources

Racial Justice Resources for Families

Rethinking Sunday School

Safe Church Conduct Ministry and iCORI information

Stewardship with Children 

UpdatedTalking with Children About Tough Issues (death, just added - divorce, violence, natural disasters, pornography)

Vacation Bible School

New!  Youth Ministry      Mission trip to Oaxaca, Mexico April 2019!

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