Make Disciples of Jesus
Make Disciples of Jesus
We understand that the local church exists to make disciples of Jesus
and we welcome all people unconditionally to share in this calling.
Bibles and Baptism Books for Children
Confirmation Resources and Confirmation Retreats, 2022-2023
Environmental Ministries with Children and Families
Faith Formation @ Home & Resources for Families
Health, Wellness, and Mental Health Resources
Intergenerational Worship & Ministries
J.P. Webster Library
Housed at the First Church in West Hartford, CT, books, children's books, book sets, DVDs, faith formation resource materials, and much more may be borrowed.
Mental Health Support for Children, Youth, & Young Adults
Opening & Affirming Resources for Children
Our Whole Lives (OWL) - UCC/UUA holistic sexuality curriculum materials.
Post-Pandemic Planning and Resources
Racial Justice Resources for Families - includes Asian-American resources and resources for parents.
Service & Mission for Children & Families
Talking with Children (and Teens) About Tough Issues - now including links about the War in Ukraine.
Webinars (Practical Resources for Churches, free)
Edwards House Meeting & Retreat Center, Framingham, MA
Fully-equipped meeting space for working gatherings both large and small as well as a warm, intimate setting for small overnight retreats
Irons Homestead Camp & Retreat, Glocester, RI
A sacred space for religious and educational groups to lean into nature and connect more deeply with God and one another.
Pilgrim Day Camp, Framingham, MA
A traditional summer day camp with over 50 years of experience in providing children safe, summer fun emphasizing a warm welcome for each child, care for the natural world, and respect for the differences among us.
Silver Lake Camp & Retreat Center, Sharon, CT
With more than 60 acres of wooded land on lakeside shores, Silver Lake offers many opportunities for young people to take risks and try new things with the support of an intentional Christian community.
Association of United Church Educators (AUCE)
Faith Formation Leadership (Certificate) Program
Hiring Faith Formation & Youth Ministry Leaders
New England Association of United Church Educators (NEAUCE)
Professional Support for Faith Formation & Youth Ministry Leaders
Adult Faith Formation resources curated by The Ministry Lab
Adult Faith Formation resources by Practical Resources for Churches
Adult Faith Formation Training Videos - free from Lifelong Faith Associates
Animate: Faith from Sparkhouse
In each session, your group of adult learners will watch a video featuring a leading voice from the Christian faith,
spend time on personal reflection and journaling, and share ideas with the group. Presenters include Lillian Daniel,
Brian McLaren, Will Willimon, Bruce Reyes-Chow, Rachel Held Evans, and 12 others.
Bible Study Resources
The Bible's Big Story
Written by Dr. Harry Wendt, this is a short course that explores the complete timeline of the Bible through biblical illustrations. It provides a succinct overview of Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation. The series can be used as an introductory course over eight weeks, or it can be used as the basis for a half-day workshop or retreat. Includes a laminated timeline.
The Bible Project (short videos of Bible stories and Bible/church topics; podcasts and an app are also available)
The Present Word
Based on the reading and study plan of the long-running Uniform Series, which provides a way to study the Bible over a six-year period, with each quarter focusing on its own theme.
Deus Ex Musica
A unique musical approach to experiencing the Psalms through learning, discipleship, and spiritual growth. Live and online events allow church communities and individual Christians to engage with sacred music in ways that are valuable for learning and for Christian formation. Listen to a sampling of their projects here.
Books by Diana Butler Bass
Books by Molly Baskette
Books by Bruce Epperly
Books by Rachel Held Evans and Evolving Faith and its podcast
Books by Amy-Jill Lavine
Books by Brian McLaren
J.P. Webster Library
Housed at the First Church in West Hartford, CT, books, book sets for group study, DVDs. faith formation
resource materials, and much more may be borrowed.
Southern New England Conference justice ministries
Health & Wellness Ministries
Open & Affirming (gender & sexuality justice)
National United Church of Christ justice ministries
Disabilities & Mental Health
Our Faith Our Vote
Lent and Easter Resources
Massachusetts Bible Society
Excellent small group study resources:
Exploring the Bible: The Dickinson Series (overviews of the Old and New Testaments)
Exploring Justice: Priorities (10 Commandments)
Ask-A-Prof: submit your own question about the Bible and read responses from seminary professors
to previous questions
Our Whole Lives (OWL)
Holistic sexuality curriculum materials for all ages that emphasize physical health and healthy attitudes
toward bodies and human relationships. Click here for information about OWL materials for Adults.
Progressive seasonal digital/printable resources
StillSpeaking Writers Group
Bible studies, resources, devotionals, seasonal materials, and more.
The Thoughtful Christian
Books, curriculum materials, downloadable studies, and more.
The UCC's online store
UCC Weekly Seeds
A Bible study resource based on the readings of the Lectionary
Virtual Pilgrimages from Global Ministries
Also Google "virtual pilgrimages" and travel the world with your congregation
The Work of the People (short films for transformation and to spark discussion)
A Sanctified Art
A team of artists in ministry who create multimedia
resources for worshiping communities of all shapes
and sizes - visual art, poetry, liturgy, curriculum,
worship installation art, coloring pages, graphic design,
All Abilities Worship:
Creative Ideas for Worship with All Abilities by Hazel Bradley & Jim Cargin
Contemplative Practices from The Ministry Lab
COVID-19 Worship, Music, Copyright, & Faith Formation Guidance from the UCC
Intergenerational Worship & Ministry
Lectio Divina: a guide for prayerful reading of scripture
Revised Common Lectionary
Lectionary & UCC Lectionary Resources:
Weekly lectionary resources from our sister denomination, The United Church of Christ of Canada
Lent and Easter Resources for Congregations
Marcia McFee's Worship Design Studio
ONA Sunday Worship Resources (UCC)
Spiritual Directors & Retreat Leaders
World Communion Sunday Resources
from Global Ministries
Working Preacher from Luther Seminary
Timely, compelling and trustworthy content from biblical scholars, theologians, homileticians and pastors
dedicated to the craft of biblical preaching.
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Program Support Associate
Debbie Gline Allen
Minister of Faith Formation
Faith Formation Team Leader