Congregations are invited to celebrate Children's Sabbath


The North Alabama Conference Connection to the Pan Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty wants to engage every congregation in making an active difference in the lives of children in poverty.  One annual way churches are encouraged to participate is by celebrating Children's Sabbath. 

Children’s Sabbath is different from a Children’s Sunday. Children’s Sabbath does celebrate your congregation’s children, but it also is a time (during worship, study, outreach) to invite our congregations to focus on the realities of children beyond our congregation. Children’s Sabbath is a way for our congregations to help children thrive – not just survive – the systems and circumstances impacting their young lives.

Many churches celebrate Children's Sabbath the third weekend in October. However, it's not too late! If October doesn’t work for your church, then pick ANY Sunday before December 31 to celebrate Children’s Sabbath.

In order to best resource your church in planning a Children's Sabbath, the North Alabama team has developed a Congregational Tool Kit. It includes information, worship liturgy and a video.  For more information and to access these resources go to

For more information contact Rev. Melissa Self Patrick, North Alabama Conference Campaign Liaison at

Did you know…

  • More than 1 in 4 (27.3 percent) of Alabama’s children were poor in 2015.
  • More than 24% of children lived in households that lacked access to adequate food in 2015.
  • More than 38% of Alabama’s 4th grade public school students were unable to read at grade level in 2015.


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