Woodridge Congregational Church United Church of Christ, where I am a member, has young adults, as do many of the churches I visited prior to my joining Woodridge. However I felt that these young adults could develop a stronger community uniting with other UCC churches in the area. In summer of 2018, I approached Kristin Putney, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the historic Rhode Island Conference, and proposed the idea of a young adults’ ministry. As someone who was well connected in the Rhode Island Conference, Kristin knew many people who may be interested in attending, and could help get this initiative off the ground.
We launched our Millennials’ Ministries in Fall of 2018. We have had up to 20 individuals attend our events which have included game nights, apple picking, pumpkin carving, holiday gift swaps and bowling. The recent gatherings have been focusing on building community with fellow UCCers throughout the area.
Due to COVID-19 we got a little sidetracked with our events, but we are ready to restart this important ministry. In a time when people are looking for community to stay connected, we think it is more important than ever to restart our community of UCC young adults. Our hope is that this new virtual platform will allow more individuals to be engaged throughout all of the Southern New England Conference. We would love to engage as many people as possible in this important ministry, so we are asking for your help to spread the word! Please pass this along to anyone in your church community that you think may benefit from participating.
“Millennials’ Ministries has been a great place for me to socialize with like-minded people. We're brought together by the church community and stay together for the connections we make inside of it.” -- Jeffrey Noble, Seekonk Congregational Church United Church of Christ, Massachusetts
We will be hosting our first ever virtual meeting on Sunday, July 19th at 7:00 PM. This will include a time of getting to know one another with an element of fun. We will be having a PowerPoint party presented by some guest on fun and random topics.
To register visit: https://tinyurl.com/SNECUCCMM. For more information about future events please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see you on July 19th.
Photo is from the inaugural pumpkin carving event held in October 2018
Katie Howe is a member of the Woodridge Congregational Church in Cranston, RI and is on the Board for the Rhode Island Association.