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National Observance of Children's Sabbaths® Manual

A Multi-Faith Resource for Year-Round Child Advocacy

This manual serves as a guide for you and your faith community to engage in year-round child and family advocacy work and celebrating the National Observance of Children's Sabbaths® Weekend. This easy-to-use manual includes resources for Baha'i, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and other faith traditions to use in worship services or prayers, education programs, direct service activities, and social justice initiatives. The resources can be used with one’s own faith community or in multi-faith events.

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Blessed to be a Blessing: Lifting Up the Next Generation
National Observance of Children's Sabbaths
Manual, Vol. 19

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Highlights of this resource include: prayers, readings, sermon resources, a sample multi-faith service, reproducible bulletin inserts, a reproducible seven-day booklet for reflection and prayer, discussion guides and lesson plans, planning suggestions, ideas for promoting your Children's Sabbath weekend activities, and a primer on children’s concerns that will help members of your faith community better understand the problems facing children and what we can do.

The theme for this year’s Children’s Sabbaths manual is “Blessed to Be a Blessing: Lifting Up the Next Generation". Through worship, prayer, and actions, faith communities will affirm children as the primary blessing God has given us and commit together to working to end child poverty.

Through the Children’s Sabbath, communities will more clearly see the hopeful vision God sets before us and clarify their own vision and hopes for a better tomorrow —for our children and our nation. Join us and make that hopeful future a reality today.

Organize Your Faith Community to Host a Health Coverage Enrollment Drive

One in every ten children – 8.1 million – in the United States is uninsured and two thirds of these children are eligible for CHIP and Medicaid but not enrolled because of state barriers to coverage. CHIP and Medicaid provide low-cost or free health coverage for uninsured children and comprehensive benefits including doctor visits, vision, dental and mental health services, prescriptions, shots and immunizations, x-rays, hospitalization, specialty care, basic prenatal care and more.

As part of this year’s National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths weekend, October 15-17, 2010, faith communities across the country will hold outreach and enrollment events to link children to CHIP, Medicaid or local health clinics.  Download resources to begin planning your enrollment drive today: