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 2016 National Observance of Children's Sabbaths

Planning Your Children's Sabbath: Ideas for all Faiths

Promoting Your Children’s Sabbath: Ideas for All Faiths (including bulletin inserts)

Christian Worship Resources for Children's Sabbath

Jewish Resources for Children's Shabbat

Resources for a Multi-faith Children's Sabbath Celebration

Action Ideas for the Children's Sabbaths Weekend and Throughout the Year

7-day Devotional Guide for 2016 National Observance of Children's Sabbaths

Children of Promise Lesson Plans


As we approach the Children's Sabbath in this election year, mindful that children can't vote but we can, we share with you Election and Voter Education Resources shared recently bu the National Council of Churches (NCC). The NCC editor notes, "this is a sampling of resources we're making available to our readers. It is not meant to be a comprehensive list, but rather a selection to help you think about the election from various perspectives. Please check future editions of our weekly newsletter for more resources." This election year is a vital time to give voice to our priorities for children, families in poverty, and justice so that every child has a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life with the support of strong families and caring communities. Now is the time to close opportunity gaps so that every child can reach their God-given promise and potential.