National Observance of Children's Sabbaths®

The 2015 National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths, “How Long Must I Cry for Help? Bending the Arc toward God's Vision of Justice for Children," will be held October 16-18, and will focus on real solutions to significantly reduce child poverty now.

Read a letter from CDF President Marian Wright Edelman about the 2015 Children’s Sabbath.

Join thousands of churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and other faith communities across the country in this celebration by holding a community-wide interfaith special worship service or a special worship service in your place of worship, add educational programs, and advocacy activities to engage people of faith in improving the lives of children and their families in your community, state and in our nation.

Download and share information about the 2015 National Observance of Children's Sabbaths®.

CDF continues to enhance and expand our resources available to all National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths participants.

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About

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

Planning a Children's Sabbath in your Community

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 which may be downloaded free of charge.

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. Please download this year's resources below.

Welcome to the 2015 National Observance of Children's Sabbaths

Planning Your Children's Sabbath: Ideas for all Faiths

Christian Worship Resource for Children's Sabbath

Christian Education Resources for Children's Sabbath

Jewish Resources for Children's Shabbat

Resources for a Multi-faith Children's Sabbath Celebration

Please take a moment and share with us your plans for this year’s celebration—if you have pictures and video we’d love to see them. Click here.

Take Action for Children

(This section will be reserved for the actions and will include pop-up pages with more information for each action)

A Beloved Community

The National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths allows faith communities to celebrate children as sacred gifts of the Divine. This celebration is part of a broader children’s movement that aims to unite communities and religious congregations of all faiths in a common commitment to improve the lives of children across the nation throughout the year.

Please take a moment to complete a short questionnaire so we can keep you informed about events, resources, trainings and other information to assist in your efforts to advocate for children.

Supporters

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.