Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue: Answering God’s Call to Protect Children is the theme of the 2011 National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths Weekend
This year Children’s Sabbath will focus on the closing the achievement gap in education that currently has children in poverty and children of color falling further and further behind, and ensuring that education becomes the engine of equality, not inequality. Level of educational achievement is the best predictor of future income; ensuring that every child gets a high quality education is the best poverty-prevention program we have.
As Methodists, our heritage is steeped in the right of all children to have access to quality education, and on this weekend we join all of God’s children to advocate for children who deserve to grow up as equipped as possible for life.
Although Children’s Sabbath is held on the weekend of October 14-16, many United Methodist congregations will hold activities on the weekend of October 7-9.
Children’s Sabbath is not Children’s Sunday, which is usually worship designed, developed, and led by children. Children’s Sabbath is a multi-generational weekend of worship and service that advocates for all children.