Ecumenical service plans to celebrate children


Special to the Advocate

Children are a precious gift from the Creator of all things.


A special interfaith Children’s Sabbath gathering on Oct. 15 will bring together congregations committed to holy friendship with children for worship, music, inspiration and commitment.


“Believe in the Child: The Call of Our Faith” will be held at Anderson United Methodist Church, 6205 Hanging Moss Road in Jackson. The service begins at 2 p.m. and is hosted by the Catholic Diocese of Jackson, Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi, and the Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church. The public is invited to attend.


Bishops from the three traditions, state Superintendent of Education Dr. Hank Bounds and children from across Mississippi will share words of affirmation and challenge, calling on Mississippi’s communities of faith to help create the nurturing environment all children need.


“Across the spectrum of faith, we vary in perspective, but on this we agree: God cares about children, giving us joy and renewing the world through them,” said Bishop Hope Morgan Ward.


Congregations for Children is an effort launched by the Episcopal, Roman Catholic and United Methodist churches in Mississippi, open to partnership with all others who sense a calling to love, celebrate, and advocate for children. Faith communities that choose to become Congregations for Children make three commitments: to learn about the issues that challenge the children of Mississippi, to celebrate Children’s Sabbath in their local setting, and to be advocates for legislative action on behalf of children.