Young Adults: What Brings Them to Church & Why They Stay

Tuesday, September 26, 2023, 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm
First Congregational Church of Hatfield, 41 Main St., Hatfield, MA 01038

Young Adults: What Brings Them to Church & Why They Stay

Our churches are located in communities that host or are near to renowned preparatory schools, colleges and universities. We live in a region surrounded by higher education institutions. And yet, many of our congregations look like young adult deserts.
Is this an inevitable fact of changing times, or is there a way to bring young adults into our communities?

Rev. Shannon Farrand-Bernardin, Student Care Coordinator of Amherst College, and former Assistant Director of Religious & Spiritual Life and Christian Chaplain at Amherst College, and Assistant Chaplain of Christian & Interfaith Life at Carleton College, will share reflections about what brings young adults to churches, why they continue attending (or don't), and offer suggestions for creating vibrant and welcoming faith communities that are hospitable to teens, college
students, and young adults.
This talk will be hosted by the First Congregational Church of Hatfield, United Church of Christ. The church is located at 41 Main Street in Hatfield. This in- person event is open to all who are interested in reaching out to young adults. The talk will begin at 7:00pm on Tuesday, September 26th and also will be live-streamed. If you would like to receive a link to the live-stream, please send a request to randyc1897@gmail.com.