By Carol Burnett, Congregations for Children Coordinator
Congregations for Children invites people of faith from all across Mississippi to become champions for children by working together to improve children's health, education and family economic security.
One step congregations can take to demonstrate their commitment to improving children's lives is to participate in the national celebration of Children's Sabbath. The Children's Sabbath is a worship celebration in which adults affirm their commitment to children's safety, health, education, economic security and justice.
Congregations can celebrate in their own worship service, or work ecumenically to celebrate with other faith traditions in a community-wide service. The Children's Defense Fund, the sponsor of the national celebration of Children's Sabbath, offers resources to help congregations plan worship experiences and community wide celebrations.
To assist communities with planning and implementing their Children's Sabbaths Celebration, the Children's Defense Fund produces an annual National Observance of Children's Sabbaths Manual: A Multi-faith Resource for Year Round Child Advocacy. The manual includes sample liturgies, prayers, sermon ideas and tools for planning and implementing the type event you would like to host. Congregations can download a free copy of this year's Children's Sabbath manual by clicking here.
Additional resources and ideas for planning your Children's Sabbath celebration can be found here.
Though Children's Sabbath celebrations are typically observed the third weekend of October, they can be held anytime of the year, and the worship resources and prayers found in the manual can be used throughout the year. The United Methodist Church will observe Children's Sabbath on October 13, 2013.