The North Alabama Annual Conference is part of the Pan-Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty and is stepping up to engage every congregation in making an active difference in the lives of children in poverty.
One way each congregation can participate in this campaign is through the celebration of a Children's Sabbath. All North Alabama Conference congregations are invited to take part in the 2016 National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths, “Children of Promise: Closing Opportunity Gaps," on October 23, 2016, to focus on ways your congregation can work faithfully throughout the year through direct service, raising awareness, and working for justice so every child may realize their full promise and potential.
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.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths.
Rev. Melissa Self Patrick, North Alabama Conference Campaign Liaison to the Pan Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty, offers the following:
If October 23 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.