2015 Observance of Children’s Sabbath will be Oct. 18

10/5/2015

North Alabama Conference congregations are invited to take part in the 2015 National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths, “How Long Must I Cry for Help? Bending the Arc toward God's Vision of Justice for Children," on October 18 to focus on real solutions to significantly reduce child poverty now.

Your congregation is invited to join thousands of faith communities across the country in this celebration by holding a community-wide interfaith special worship service or a special worship service in your place of worship, and by adding educational programs and advocacy activities to engage people of faith in improving the lives of children and their families in your community, state and in our nation.

The North Alabama Conference Children’s Ministry Connection to the Pan Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty offers the following:
 

Ideas for your congregation’s Children’s Sabbath

  • Involve children and youth in your worship service
     
  • Add a special litany or prayer for children written by your congregation’s own children or taken from any number of UMC or other resources
     
  • Ask pastors to frame their sermons around children
     
  • Decorate the sanctuary and include Children’s Sabbath activities in your worship bulletins
     
  • Offer a special blessing for all children
     
  • Honor all those who take care of children, including your church’s childcare providers, day schools, Sunday school teachers, youth directors/volunteers
     
  • Design a special mission/outreach project for children and their families, who struggle in poverty in your community

 

Downloadable Resources

 

Did you know…

  • More than 1 in 4 (27.2 percent) of Alabama’s children were poor in 2013, a total of 297,591 children;
     
  • More than 26 percent of children lived in households that lacked access to adequate food in 2013.
     
  • In 2013, 69 % of Alabama’s 4th grade public school students were unable to read at grade level, and 70 percent were unable to compute at grade level.

 

If October 18 doesn’t work for your church, then pick ANY Sunday to celebrate Children’s Sabbath! The United Methodist Children’s Home staff are also attending to Children’s Sabbath as they visit congregations this Fall.

For more information: visit www.umcna.org/childreninpoverty or contact Rev. Melissa Self Patrick, NAC Campaign Liaison (Melissa.Patrick@umcna.org) or Micah Dormann, Next Generation Leadership, Facilitator (mdormann@umcna.org)


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