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National Observance of Children's Sabbaths® Celebration

Join thousands of churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and other faith communities across the country in this celebration by holding special worship services, education programs, and advocacy activities to engage people of faith in improving the lives of children and their families.

The 2014 National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths, designated for October 17-19, is titled “Precious in God’s Sight:  Answering the Call to Cherish and Protect Every Child.” Download this year's resource manual. The 2014 Children’s Sabbath focuses on how we can ensure every child a strong start in life by investing in early childhood development. Read a letter from CDF president Marian Wright Edelman about the 2014 Children’s Sabbath, “Precious in God’s Sight:  Answering the Call to Cherish and Protect Every Child.”

Sponsored by the Children's Defense Fund, the National Observance of Children's Sabbaths Celebration is a way for faith communities to celebrate children as sacred gifts of the Divine, and provides the opportunity for houses of worship to renew and live out their moral responsibility to care, protect and advocate for all children.

This celebration is a part of a broader children's movement that aims to unite communities and religious congregations of all faiths across the nation in shared concern for children and a common commitment to improving their lives and working for justice on their behalf. In that respect, each action is bigger, more powerful and more inspiring than the efforts of any one celebration.

To assist communities with planning and implementing their Children's Sabbaths Celebration, CDF produces an annual National Observance of Children's Sabbaths Manual: A Multi-faith Resource for Year Round Child Advocacy. Though the National Observance of Children's Sabbaths Weekend is traditionally held the third weekend of October, the worship resources, prayers, actions, and other resources in the Children's Sabbaths manual are intended for use throughout the year.

The National Observance of Children's Sabbaths Celebration is supported by Catholic Charities U.S.A., the Islamic Society of North America, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., the National Assembly of Bahá’ís in the U.S., the Sikh Council on Religion and Education, the Union for Reform Judaism, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, and more than 200 other religious organizations and denominations.