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 "Children Blessed To Be  Blessing:  Lifting Up The Next Generation" 
 
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On this Children’s Sabbath weekend, October 16 - 17, 2010, we invite you to pray, worship, study, and act to fulfill God’s invitation to be a blessing and to nurture and protect the children God has entrusted to our care. You are especially encouraged to look and listen for God’s call to seek justice for children living in poverty and to respond with faith, courage, and commitment. The Children’s Sabbath weekend is a time of inspiration, information and, most importantly, action for children that extends long past the weekend itself.
 
“Blessed to be a Blessing” is the theme of the 2010 Children’s Sabbath. In Genesis, God says to Abram (later renamed Abraham) “I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” The central fulfillment of God’s promised blessing was children, grandchildren, and countless generations to follow. God invites Abram and us, however, to consider how we will be a blessing. All with which we have been blessed—families, resources, skills, talent, energy, vision, commitment—is intended not for our self-gratification, not for our hoarding, but to be used to bless others.
 
2010 Children's Sabbaths Manual (Vol. 19)(see below)
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 Christians 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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This section includes welcome letter from CDF President Marian Wright Edelman, an overview of the manual, frequently asked questions, and examples of how faith communities have observed the Children's Sabbaths in the past. 
 
This section includes various ideas to help you plan your celebration of children's sabbaths.
 
This section includes ways for you to spread the word about the Children’s Sabbaths in your place of worship, reproducible materials such as bulletin inserts and newsletter inserts, and ways to reach out to the community and media.
 
This section includes a suggested outline and resources for you to create your own multi-faith Children’s Sabbath service that is inclusive, respectful of different traditions, focused on the Children’s Sabbath core themes, and adaptable to your particular community and leadership.
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Resources(click to download)
 
This section includes the service of worship and prayers, sample sermons, children’s activities, and music selections for Catholic and Protestant communities to utilize as part of their Children’s Sabbaths celebration. 
This section contains useful resources which may be useful to you and your place of worship as you work to create change for children today and bring hope and a better tomorrow. In addition to exploring the resources from your own religious tradition, you may find that resources from another tradition are informative and useful as well.
 
"Action Ideas for the Children’s Sabbaths Weekend and Throughout the Year", section of the 2010 National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths® manual "Blessed to Be a Blessing"
The actions that you plan for the Children’s Sabbath weekend and for the year that follows are an essential part of the Children’s Sabbath. As important as the worship experiences and educational sessions are, it is vital to plan actions that will help translate that prayer and inspiration, that awareness and information into new hands-on service and justice-seeking advocacy for children that will create real, measurable change for children and truly bring a better tomorrow. So, are you ready to plan? There are two kinds of action to plan for your Children’s Sabbath: hands-on service and advocacy activities for the Children’s Sabbath weekend itself, and actions that can be carried out throughout the year to come to make a lasting difference for children.