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Christian Education at the First Congregational Church in Bristol

Christian Education

Yet, O Lord, you are our God;
we are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the work of your hand. –Isaiah 64:8

Faith formation is at the heart of what the Christian life is all about. In many ways, we engage in the practices of our daily lives and the rituals of our faith communities—through worship, mission, working for justice and peace, evangelism, and education—so that our faith may be nurtured, enlivened, sustained, and formed. In this regard, the imagery offered by the prophet Isaiah of Potter God forming humanity, God's created own, is an appropriate vision for how we might view the ministry of faith formation.

In the United Church of Christ, we can understand faith formation to be "an engaged process of learning and practice integrated throughout all aspects of congregational and daily life." This definition highlights the initiative and action we must take in our own faith formation. In essence, we become clay so that we are formed and transformed by the Holy and by one another. But throughout all of our doing and being, we are reminded that God's "hands" are continually present in our efforts to gain both "head" knowledge found in education and learning and "heart" wisdom discovered through prayer, ritual, and practice.

So, it is indeed most fitting to say that faith formation is at the heart of what our living and being is all about; but without the hands that guide what we are continually becoming, the process is incomplete. May this webpage offer some helpful tools from which you and others can "become clay" and be reminded of God's formational presence along life's journey.



Transitioning the Ministry of Christian Faith Formation and Education in the United Church of Christ: A Letter from Rev. Ben Guess, Executive Minister of Local Church Ministries - October 2012


Foundations, Findings, and Futures: Christian Faith Formation and Education in the United Church of Christ – September 2012
Full Report
Executive Summary

Small Group Study Resources

Forming and Transforming: Study Resources on Faith Formation for Whole Congregations
Things Have Changed…
What's In A Name?

Dialogues on Christian Faith Formation and Education
Dialogue #1: Marcus Borg
Dialogue #2: Doug Pagitt
Dialogue #3: Geoffrey Black

Dialogues on Christian Faith Formation and Education is offered with the intent of promoting conversation around the past, present, and future of faith formation in the United Church of Christ.


Where can I find information on Christian Educators?

UCC Educators - A page that shares information helpful to educators.

Seeking A Church Educator - So, your church needs a Christian Educator. Where can you find viable candidates? What qualifications should you look for? What is reasonable compensation? "Seeking A Church Educator" gives a concise guide to get you started.

Where can I order selected resources for Worship and Education?

The United Church of Christ Book of Worship is now available on CD along with a catalog of selected resources from the Worship and Education Ministry team.

Where can I find information on spiritual formation?

What Matters includes a variety of resources to connect your questions of faith with the deep faith expressed by the UCC. Explore six aspects of our faith through links below. Discover what matters through reflection, stories from UCC congregations and members, stories from history, Bible study, prayer, worship, and service.

Here, we also link to our pages for UCC women, ministry, ministry to children and families, and youth ministry.

First Congregational Church of Bristol, Rhode Island

281 High Street  ♦  Bristol, RI 02809
(401) 253-7288   ♦   office@fccbristol.org

For pastoral care: Rev. Deborah Tate Breault
(401) 253-3680  ♦  revdtb@fccbristol.org

The First Congregational Church in Bristol is proud to be an open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ.

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