Congregations for Children invites people of faith to join movement

1/22/2009

Special to the Advocate

Mississippi’s children need all the help they can get, especially during the current economic crisis.

Congregations for Children - an advocacy group supported by the Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church, the Mississippi Diocese of the Episcopal Church and the Roman Catholic Church in Mississippi – encourages people of faith to take an active role in supporting child-friendly legislation during the current session.

Here are some suggestions:

• Become educated about the issues at hand

• Let your legislator hear from you about your concerns throughout the year. 

• Contact your legislator and tell them about these priorities. Ask them to make children a top priority in their agenda this year.

• Contact the Gov. Haley Barbour’s office to voice your support for the CFC legislative agenda (see list).

• Contact your local Department of Human Services and learn about becoming a foster parent. Ask DHS to come and speak to your church, UMW circle or Sunday school class about the foster care system in Mississippi. 

• Partner with a local school and make a difference in at-risk students’ lives.

• Pray for every child in Mississippi. Invite your church to pray weekly and intentionally for every child in Mississippi. 

• Live the gospel in your home, your community and your church.