National Youth Event (NYE) is a spirited quadrennial event centered on faith, leadership, service, and social justice first inaugurated in 1980. It is celebrated as the largest denominational gathering for the United Church of Christ with an expected attendance of 4,000 participants.
National Youth Event website
Join hundreds of United Church of Christ Youth from the Great Lakes Region for worship, service, learning, and fun. The next Great Lakes Regional Youth Event will be July 17-20, 2024, at Great Lakes and West Central Regional Youth Event at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. For more information, please contact Lisa Hart.
Regional Youth Event website
The Faith Formation Retreats are centered around the confirmation process, and are open to youth in grades 6-12. Specific topics and themes vary by year, but always include new ways to experience the confirmation process, our individual faith, and our spiritual lives together. The Faith Formation Retreats are a partnership of the Wisconsin Conference UCC and United Church Camps, Inc. Program planning and leadership is offered by a team representing the four Associations of the Wisconsin Conference UCC.
Faith Formation Retreat website
Start your 6-8th graders on an adventure called CHURCH. Open the DOOR to energized Youth Ministry. At Knock Knock, your group will discover love and acceptance as the true experience of the church, connect faith to THEIR most pressing concerns, do hands-on workshops and Bible study, be inspired by the Drama Team, and learn how they can keep opening doors back at home.
Knock Knock website
If you’re a high schooler or college-age young adult – or have one in your household – check out the Winter Soulstice Retreat scheduled for Jan. 26-28 at Daycholah Center in Green Lake. The weekend promises time for relaxation and camaraderie and opportunities to enrich your faith journey. Worship and music will be led by Andra Moran.
An early-bird rate of $240 for each participant is available through Jan. 7. After that, the rate rises to $250. Registration closes on Jan. 12.
Winter Soulstice is sponsored jointly by the Wisconsin Conference and United Church Camps Inc. Questions? Email Lisa Hart, associate conference minister for faith formation and justice ministries, or call her at 608-438-1571.
Back Bay Mission, a community ministry of the United Church of Christ, meets the urgent needs of those suffering from poverty and its effects while building pathways to social justice. They lead the way in delivering services, creating collaborative solutions, and transforming lives through mission immersion experiences in the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Black Bay Mission website
Bethel-Bethany’s Urban Immersion program has been providing a rich exploration of ministry in the “big city” to non-urban church groups since the late 1980s. Utilizing an action and reflection model, visitors connect with UCC ministries in the Milwaukee area and experience cultural diversity through a weekend of worship, food, history, and the arts.
Bethel-Bethany Urban Immersion website
Guided by the aspirations of the Oglala Lakota Indian communities we serve, Re-Member seeks to improve the quality of reservation life through relationships, shared resources, and volunteer services. Through site visits and cultural immersion, we continue to develop a growing circle of advocates standing in solidarity with the Indian people of Pine Ridge, South Dakota.