Celebrating Children's Sabbath

Celebrating Children's Sabbath
Indigenous children in Ecuador pray during an activity led by a United Methodist missionary.

“Please bless these young lives with what they need to find joy and justice and peace, so that this world and their world will be a better place for all of God’s children.”
— Andris Salter, United Methodist Women Assistant General Secretary for Ministry Opportunities

October 21-23 marks the 25th Annual Observance of Children’s Sabbaths, with the theme “Children of Promise: Closing Opportunity Gaps.” The Children’s Sabbaths Observance has been led and organized by the Children’s Defense Fund since 1991 as a way to renew our commitment to care for, protect and advocate for all children. From October 21-23, thousands of churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and other faith communities will hold special worship services, add educational programs, and encourage everyone to help improve the lives of children and families.

United Methodist Women has worked tirelessly on behalf of children around the world. With your ongoing support, we have given shelter to child migrants, helped educate poor children in the Philippines, supported mothers and their children in local congregations, and so much more.

As United Methodist Women members, you can honor the Children’s Sabbath by celebrating your own commitment to care for all children. You might gather donations for UMCOR’s Birthing Kit materials, like one congregation is doing. You could hold a special service, or host children’s activities. Or your group could donate to United Methodist Women funds like the International Ministries fund that grants scholarships or the Maternal and Child Health fund.

No matter how you observe, you are helping to create a better world for all children.

Posted or updated: 10/18/2016 11:00:00 PM
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