Growing a Faith Forming, Multi-Racial, Multi-Cultural, Open and Affirming, Accessible to All, Just Peace, Globally Minded Movement of Youth and Young Adults...
Our week-long "conferences" offer life-changing experiences to youth in grades 4 and up, shaping future leaders and spirited community-builders everywhere.
Confirmation groups and their youth in grades 7-9 are invited to join us for a weekend with activities, worship, and fellowship through our theme of "Becoming and Belonging." These weekends are facilitated by trained teams of pastors and educators from throughout our state. The purpose of these retreats is to offer youth an experience of the wider faith community by exploring basic Christian values of the church in a new community. Come play and learn together!
Check back soon for details about location and date.
Fill your spirit with praise music and inspiring words in this exciting worship service that is now an annual tradition in the Connecticut Conference. This is a dynamic worship service that will renew your spirit. Come and lift your praises, celebrate vitality, and embrace diversity!
Giv2 is a corps of youth and adults giving back to our communities in response to the gifts of God. This model encourages collaboration as groups of congregations to unite in service in their local communities.
The primary aim of the TAWFG program is to notice, name, and nurture youth who have gifts for ministry. This program features the annual "SHINE" retreat for high school students in the fall and also paid apprenticeships in the spring.
The Joseph D. Clemmons initiative was developed by the Connecticut Conference, UCC Racial Justice Ministry. This initiative exists to create a more culturally diverse experience within the youth and young adult ministry programs of the CTUCC and at Silver Lake Conference Center. Through interaction, exchange, investment and connection, we provide a span of opportunities for youth of color to grow as people, as leaders, and as faithful disciples.
United Church of Christ’s National Youth Event will take place at Purdue University in West Lafayette Indiana July 22-25th 2020. This 4 day event is celebrated as the largest denominational gathering. Often bringing in 4,000 participants, this time together is centered on faith, leadership, service and social justice to empower our youth and young adults (ages 12-22).
Who: Youth and Young Adults ages 12-22
What: United Church of Christ’s National Youth Event
When: July 22-25th 2020
Where: Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana
Cost: $375 (note: this does not include transportation)
Pre-register here to indicate your interest in traveling on the Southern New England Conference buses. There will be a service/learning opportunity in Ohio enroute to Purdue.
July 2021 in Kansas City
Youth at Synod is for young leaders ages 13 to 18 who want to experience the vibrant diversity of the wider church. Stay tuned for more information about this event. Scholarships are available through the generosity of the Edward Turner, Jr. scholarship fund.
Click here to see photos of ERYE 2018 at California University of Pennsylvania.
April 5-8, 2019 in Washington, DC
Troubling the Waters for the Healing of the World
Church leaders meet in Washington, DC every April for worship, learning, networking, and witness. This annual ecumenical gathering culminates in a lobby day on Capitol Hill. Scholarships are available for young adults ages 18-35 who want to engage in activism and advocacy. The deadline for scholarship applications is February 8, 2019
Young adult leaders (ages 21-35) are transforming communities through the faith-inspired pursuit of justice, collaborative action and intentional living. Applications for the 2018-2019 program year will open in November. There is a new YASC community sponsored by First Church of Christ in Simsbury in partnership with Hartford area non-profits and CTUCC.