Congregations are invited to celebrate Children's Sabbath on October 23

9/23/2016

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:

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 

Find more at www.childrensdefense.org/programs/faithbased/faith-based-action-programs-pages/childrens-sabbaths/planning-in-your-community.html

Did you know… 

  • More than 1 in 4 (26.9 percent) of Alabama’s children were poor in 2014, a total of 298,929 children; 
  • More than 26 percent of children lived in households that lacked access to adequate food in 2014. 
  • More than 67 % of Alabama’s 4th grade public school students were unable to read at grade level

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.

For more information: visit www.umcna.org/childreninpoverty or contact Rev. Melissa Self Patrick, North Alabama Conference Campaign Liaison (Melissa.Patrick@umcna.org)


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