Worship, service, and leadership opportunities for CTUCC youth
Together we are growing a Faith-Forming, Multi-Cultural, Multi-Racial,         
Open and Affirming, Accessible to All, Just Peace, Globally-Minded            
movement of Youth and Youth Adults.

Help identify, affirm, nurture, network and build capacity of young leaders!

Do you know someone who is
Thinking About Working for God?

We are now receiving applications from middle, high school, and college age youth for PAID apprenticeships for Spring 2018
New this year: 2 levels of Apprenticeships

Explorer - for youth in grades 7-12 who want to do a 20 hour leadership project in their home church.
Seeker: For Youth in grades 10-12 and college students who want to do a 40 hour apprenticeship in a neighboring congregation.

Application deadline is February 15, 2018.

The question is not 'Are you a Minister?'
The question is 'WHAT is your ministry?'
Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD. President emerita of Spellman College.

JULY 19-22, 2018
worship / play / pray / learn / serve / sing / dream
" My theme song is God's love and justice" Psalm 101:1 The Message

Thinking about going to ERYE? Fill out this " pre-registration" survey so we can share information about transportation and scholarships. Check out the ERYE website for updates and information about registration.
Good news!
The 3rd annual Ebony and Ivory Ball raised $3122 for scholarships for Youth @ Synod. Many thanks to Larry Roeming for hosting this program in honor of Edward Turner, a faithful member of Center Church in Hartford and the Hartford Association.
Plan ahead for summer 2019 when the UCC Synod will be held in Milwaukee, WI. If you have a youth in your congregation who would like to gain leadership experience as an advocate for justice, contact Debby Kirk at debbyk@ctucc.org.

Photo: CTUCC Youth at Synod visit the Inner Harbor in Baltimore in June 2017
Giv2 is a corps of youth and adults giving back to our community in response to the gifts of God. Together we explore our faith through service and fellowship. 

Photo to left:
Fairfield East Chapter served a meal at the "Feel the Warmth" Soup Kitchen in Bridgeport on Thursday, October 12

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Northeast Chapter is preparing for the Windham Area Interfaith Ministry "Walk for Warmth" on Sunday, November 19.
Confirmation Retreats
Register NOW for a weekend at Silver Lake! 
Sign up your group for one of the three retreat weekends that will be offered in early 2018.
January 26-28
February 23-25
March 9-11
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! 
Summer Employment at Silver Lake
CIT Training is perfect for youth ages 15 and 16 who want to gain skills for future employment at Silver Lake. Plan to attend the retreat on March 2-3.

Deadline for Camp Family applications (ages 16 and older) is January 15.
Click here for Summer Job Descriptions
Youth Racial Justice Training Program - "Did You Know?"

"Did You Know?" is an adaptation of our training "From Tolerance to Unity". The focus and goal of this program is to unmask the covert forms of racism that live within our country, and shed light on information that is commonly unknown in the younger generation. This program which dives into the four realms of racism, as well as current issues, is tailored specifically for young people. Sessions are available for both middle and high school aged students. Partner with another congregation to offer a training or join one of the scheduled dates.

Photo above was taken at Youth RJM Training in Glastonbury on November 5
Contact Isaac Monts at isaacm@ctucc.org for more information.
  Save the date for the 8th Annual CTUCC YOUTH Revival
Sunday, April 22 at 3:00 PM
Faith Congregational, UCC at 2030 Main Street in Hartford

The Youth Revival is a Racial Justice Ministry event of the Connecticut Conference.

´╗┐The First Church of Christ in Simsbury has added three young adults to the church community this year to serve in their new Young Adult Service Community (YASC). The three interns will spend the year working for social justice causes, immerse themselves in the congregational community, and live together in their own 3-bedroom house provided by the church. read more

For applications for YASC placements in 2018, or more information about volunteer opportunities, click here.
Planning a mission trip?  
Take 3 minutes and fill out this brief survey. Tell us where you you are headed next year (or where you went). Let us know if you are open to collaboration with another church.
Post a picture on our CTUCC YYA Facebook, Twitter, or instagram page!  
Share your recent events and activities.Your input will help us advise congregations about the best programs to help youth grow and serve.

Debby Kirk
Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries
Connecticut Conference UCC
125 Sherman Street
Hartford, CT 06105
office 860-761-7103
cell    860-377-2675