"Why Pay for Faith Formation Staff
When We Don't Have Any Children?"
by Debbie Gline Allen
Some congregations no longer have any children or youth as part of their life together. This leads some of their congregants and lay leaders to ask, “Why budget for a faith formation staff person and programming when we don’t have any children or youth?” [Read the full article]
Many of you know that Sean Amato, who served as the Program Support Associate for Faith Formation and editor of this newsletter resigned his position with SNEUCC as of September 1. Sean is starting his final year of seminary, which includes field education. We are deeply grateful for Sean's time with us and wish him all the best as he moves forward with his studies. -- Debby and Debbie
by Debbie Gline Allen
“Through the Faith Formation Leadership Program I met gifted colleagues that I would have never met before, learning much from their experiences and practices that I can apply to my own programs.”
- Michelle Rawlinson, Director of Christian Education, Congregational Church of Littleton (MA)
Faith Formation Leadership Program Schedule of Classes
Click here for more information and to register
Engaging Our Sacred Scripture’s Story
October 14, 2023 OR February 10, 2024
Rev. Don Remick
Exploring Curriculum & Digital Resources
October 21, 2023 OR February 3, 2024
Debi Mastroni-Kenyon and Rev. Jenn Mazur
Exploring the United Church of Christ — Our History, Our Beliefs, Our Identity
October 28, 2023 OR March 23, 2024
Dr. Jill Baker in partnership with Eden Theological Seminary
* Registration for this class will open soon
Serving Together — Mission for All Ages
November 18, 2023 OR March 2, 2024
Rev. Dr. June Cooper and Rev. Kevin Weikel
January 7, 2024 OR April 27. 2024 with Rev. Greg Morisse *Does not fulfill the Boundary Awareness requirement for clergy.
Faith Formation 101 — Practices for a Sustainable Ministry
January 20, 2024 OR April 6, 2024 with Debbie Gline Allen, C.M.C.F.
To register for any or all of the classes in the Faith Formation Leadership Program, visit the program's webpage and select your preferred classes and dates.
Each class has its own online registration form.
Click on the title of the class and complete its form.
We recommend enabling the auto-fill on your computer if you have not done so to simplify this process. This allows us to keep better records of registrations, so your patience is appreciated.
We have a rolling registration.
Work with your church leadership to gather the funds needed to pay for the classes. Additionally, participants have the option to take all of the classes for a Certificate in Faith Formation (and/or Youth Ministry) Leadership OR a la carte, taking just the classes needed.
We look forward to working with you during our program year,
and welcome you to reach out via email if you have any questions or concerns.
|NEW! Faith Formation Round Table
on Zoom at 11 am on October 5 Register
Looking for ways to engage all ages in worship? Clergy, Faith Formation leaders, musicians and lay leaders are invited to exchange ideas on how to create, articulate, and implement a theology of inclusion. Register
November 10th-12th, 2023 at Silver Lake Conference and Retreat Center
Sharon, CT. Cost is $195 per person
Facilitated by Rev. Matt Carriker, this weekend retreat is intended for teens in grades 7-12 and their youth leaders. Whether you have come to SNEUCC retreats before, or have never been on retreat, come to find nourishment for your soul.
Click here for more information There are still a few more spaces!
Registration is now open for our spring retreats. Select your preferred date and make a deposit to reserve space for your group. Each retreat is led by two experienced facilitators.
Weekend @ Silver Lake Camp & Retreat Center:
February 9th - 11th, 2024 Register
Overnight @ Craigville Retreat Center:
March 1st - 2nd, 2024 Register
Overnight @ Irons Homestead Camp & Retreat Center:
March 8th - 9th, 2024 Register
Overnight @ Silver Lake Camp & Retreat Center:
March 22nd – 23rd, 2024 Register
New England Regional Youth Event (RYE) 2024
July 28 - 31, 2024 at Silver Lake Camp & Retreat Center in Sharon, CT
RYE returns in 2024 and will include worship, recreation, and workshops for youth ages 13-18 and their adult leaders. Save the date and plan to attend with a group from your congregation.
We invite youth leaders and their teens to participate in the planning process. Fill out this interest form if you would like to get involved and receive the link to our next Zoom meeting on Wednesday, September 20 at 7:00 PM. For more information, please contact Debby Kirk.
Our Whole Lives – Faith and Sexuality Education
Register now to reserve your spot!
More about Our Whole Lives faith and sexuality training.
Look for more helpful materials, curated links, and Faith Formation news under Make Disciples on www.sneucc.org.