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!
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.
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.
This program seeks to introduce youth of color to the beautiful outdoor ministry space at Silver Lake as well as provide skills for future employment. Youth will receive valuable experience as they practice application and interview skills, train and work alongside staff at Silver Lake, and receive orientation to the wider work of the church at the Connecticut Conference office.
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.
Click here to see photos of ERYE 2018 at California University of Pennsylvania.
Worship / play / pray / learn / serve / sing / dream
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.
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.