Creating faith formation for families and engaging children on their faith journey began over 30 years ago when I volunteered in church school at the Seekonk Congregational Church UCC, Seekonk, MA. Using my art degree background to nurture children, allowed me to offer creative approaches and unique experiences for faith building and it was exciting work! I also maintained a successful mural design business and have continued this artistry to present day.
In 2000, Seekonk realized their growing church school needed a Director of Christian Education and I was just the right fit for their part time position. The most influential experience that shaped my ministry also happened this year. I began my annual participation at the New England Association of United Church Educators event (NEAUCE). This three day conference exposed me to so many faith formation educators and ideas. I was deeply inspired to think outside the box and it kept my children’s ministry alive! In 2012, I served as the part time Christian Education and Youth Ministry Resource Consultant for the historic RI Conference and gathered many faith formation leaders together, created youth programing and coordinated youth trips to NYE and Youth@Synod. In fall 2020, my Seekonk position transitioned into the Director of Faith Formation, Youth and Families. My responsibilities include faith formation for all ages, in-person and virtually. An online resource that I utilize often is Treasure Box Tuesday, curated by Traci Smith. Her focus on faith at home, especially during these recent times, is most helpful and relatable.
As Minister of Faith Formation, Children and Families for SNEUCC, I am excited to be sharing my part time position with colleague, Debbie Gline-Allen. I look forward to building relationships with the many faith formation leaders of our new conference and will continue to think creatively of impactful ways to engage children and families to grow deeper in faith, now and always.
Kristin is the Minister of Faith Formation for Children & Families at the Southern New England Conference.