NHCUCC March 2023 Issue

Christian Education & Formation


Education for All Ages and Stages

Event Highlight

Youth@Synod


The United Church of Christ General Synod will take place in Indianapolis, IN on June 30 to July 4, 2023. Rev. Trayce Potter of the National staff is organizing special programming for Youth @ Synod for high schoolers ages 14-18.

Teens from all over the country will participate in worship, attend plenary sessions and hearings, and observe the resolution process in action. Youth @ Synod is a wonderful opportunity to engage in justice issues and nurture advocacy skills. Please share this opportunity with youth in your congregation so that we can help to plan the logistics. Anyone who is interested should please contact Diane Tinkham dtinkham@nhcucc.org by March 22.

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May

3-4

Optional Pre-NEAUCE Retreat Are You Called To Ministry?

1:00pm - 1:00pm

24-hour Pre-NEAUCE Retreat to examine your specific call to ministry. Not sure if you are being called to ministry? This retreat will offer the opportunity to examine your sense of call.

May

4-6

NEAUCE

High quality keynote speakers, worship leaders, and workshops are offered during this three-day event which includes time for networking and nature walks while expanding one’s horizons in Christian education and faith formation.

June

17

Horton Center Open House

11:00am - 4:00pm

Everyone is welcome for a cookout, tours, and games!

More Info on the Events Page...

Resource Spotlight

Picture the Bible - An Approach, Not a Curriculum

Picture the Bible is an approach to Bible study; it is not a curriculum in the traditional sense. It is designed to engage learners and leaders in conversation, everyone learning from each other. To encourage and guide discussions, Conversation Pages include a great variety of ideas, images, art, questions, information, and background that bring together the Bible and people lives. Picture the Bible seeks to occupy the intersection of the Bible and peoples’ lives in God’s world. Picture the Bible is a set of 52 images depicting 52 individual Bible stories.

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Picture the Bible

Service Opportunity

Build Relationships, Change Lives

CityReach-Boston is an overnight urban outreach program begun in March 1996 for youth (with accompanying adults), young adults, and college students from churches of any denomination. The program gives these young people the opportunity to learn first-hand about homelessness from people who have experienced it. During the 20-hour session, participants join CityReach staff in street ministry and offer hospitality, food and clothing. This is followed by times of sharing and reflection.

Go to Common Cathedral - City Reach to learn how your group can participate!

Suggested Reading

Do You Need More Helping Hands at Your Church?

7 Ways to Re-engage Volunteers by Susan Beaumon


Whether it’s due to post-pandemic fatigue, lingering health concerns, or broader cultural shifts, volunteerism hasn’t bounced back as readily as other aspects of congregational life. In this brief article Susan Beaumont highlights 7 Ways to Re-engage Volunteers at your church.


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Beloved Arise - Empowering Queer Youth of Faith

3 minute read


Read and learn about Beloved Rise an organization that’s goal is to “celebrate and empower queer youth of faith.” It was written by AUCE member Rev. Kim Nagy who serves as the Vice Chair on the national AUCE Board of Directors and the Associate Minister for Faith Formation at the Church of the Redeemer UCC in Westlake, OH.


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Tips for Coping Through Grief and Loss

by Deborah Ringen


Specific tips for you, your loved ones and those you serve.


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Watching and Listening

Author and Pastor Traci Smith created this 3+ minute video At Home Faith Practices - Holy Week in which she shows a good approach to telling the Good Friday story to children at home or in a church setting.

NEW PODCAST SERIES ALERT!

"Seeds and Ways" is a new podcast series based on the United Church of Christ's weekly resources: "Sermon Seeds" and "Weekly Seeds."

  • "Sermon Seeds" is for worship planners and includes passages from the Revised Common Lectionary and a reflection for the week.
  • "Weekly Seeds" is for personal Bible study or small groups.
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Musicians/Performers

My Queer Faith Tour - Winter/Spring 2023

Kimayo continues her “My Queer Faith tour”, reaching out to open and affirming faith communities, regardless of religion. This tour was birthed out of three core desires:

  • To introduce faith-based safe spaces to a broader LGBTQIA+ community
  • To emphasize the need for and value of what Open & Affirming faith communities such as yours already provide for the LGBTQIA+ community.
  • To provide connections with Open & Affirming faith communities as Kimayo continues her own faith journey.

Kimayo has created a one-hour, donation-based concert and story-telling event during which she invites congregations into her life and faith journey. Following the concert, she provides an opportunity for further discussion and exploration. Enjoy listening to Kimayo's "Something Real" Video. Kimayo’s concerts are open to adults and mature teens with parental discretion as this event contains sensitive topics relating to physical and mental health. Go to KimayoMusic.com for more songs and music.

Work for Justice

Take action with the UCC Justice and Peace Action Network. Follow the links to get on mailing lists and send emails to officials concerning the issues that you care about!

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Trainings

Faith for a Lifetime Symposium is an opportunity for participants to explore how every church community can foster the faith of every age and generation for a lifetime. The two-day Symposium will focus on the "how to" of building a culture of lifelong faith growth in today's world. Four Locations in June & July 2023:

  • May 31-June 1 - Holy Family Retreat Center, Farmington, CT (Hartford)
  • June 6-7 - Franciscan Center, Tampa, FL
  • July 11-12 - Bellarmine Retreat Center, Barrington, IL (Chicago)
  • July 25-26 - Mercy Center, Burlingame, CA (San Francisco)

For more info about the how to create initiatives that build a culture of lifelong learning and faith formation in your church go to Lifelong Faith.

Lifelong Faith

The Word of God

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they may die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26 NRSV

SNECUCC Resources

Conference Classified

National Job Listings

Please contact Diane Tinkham at dtinkham@nhcucc.org with ideas and suggestions.

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