Youth and Young Adult Ministry Programs

Growing a Faith Forming, Multi-Racial, Multi-Cultural, Open and Affirming, Accessible to All, Just Peace, Globally Minded Movement of Youth and Young Adults...

Youth & Young Adult Ministry Programs
of the Conference


Summer Conferences at Silver Lake

Our week-long "conferences" offer life-changing experiences to youth in grades 4 and up, shaping future leaders and spirited community-builders everywhere.  

Confirmation Retreats at Silver Lake

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! 



CTUCC Youth Revival

Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 3:00 PM

First Congregational Church in Bloomfield

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! Our Revival preacher is Rev. Trayce Potter, the new UCC Minister for Youth and Young Adult Engagement.

Click here for the video from our 6th Youth Revival.

Click here for photos from our 7th Youth Revival.

Click here for the video from our 8th Youth Revival (April 2018) at Faith Congregational Church




Giv2 (Give Squared)  

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.




Thinking About Working For God

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.


Joseph D. Clemmons Initiative

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 hope to provide a wide span of opportunities for youth of color to grow as people, as leaders, and as faithful disciples.


United Church of Christ Leadership Events

Eastern Regional Youth Event (ERYE)

Click here to see photos of ERYE 2018 at California University of Pennsylvania.


Youth @ Synod

June 21-25, 2019 in Milwaukee, WI
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.  TA1 Conference (CT, MA and RI) will be coordinating a trip for selected youth.  Contact Debby Kirk if you would like to be considered for this leadership experience.


National Youth Event

Note the date: The next United Church of Christ National Youth Event is scheduled for July 22-25, 2020 at Purdue University in Lafayette, IN. Unite!  #UCCNYE2020 Pre-register here to indicate your interest in traveling with the CT/MA/RI bus.


Ecumenical Advocacy Days

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 Service Communities (YASC)

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. 

Information about Simsbury YASC