Often our lives are so busy that advocating for children becomes yet another entry on a long list of issues in which we can choose to be involved. Celebrating an annual Children’s Sabbath can help us set aside time to take inventory, celebrate, and act on behalf of children of all ages.
The National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths is an intergenerational and interfaith event that unites thousands of religious congregations and organizations. The goal of Children’s Sabbath is to generate new, long-term efforts that meet children’s needs by raising awareness, serving children directly, and advocating for them.
The National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths is endorsed by more than 200 denominations, faith groups, and religious organizations and is celebrated annually the third weekend in October.
Since its inception, the Children’s Defense Fund has recognized the importance of the faith community’s partnership in building a movement by developing resources for people of all ages and faiths to help them learn more about the urgent needs of children. Through worship services, educational opportunities, and advocacy activities, people of faith learn more about the serious problems facing children today and the responses needed to make a difference.
Today is the 18th Sunday after Pentecost. This message was adapted from the “Children’s Sabbath” resource available from the Women of the ELCA website. If you are reading “Daily Grace” online, sign up to receive it by email daily.