Disciples News Service

Children Are The Focus Of Light A Candle Prayer Vigil

Sept. 6 marked the beginning of "The Light a Candle for Children Forty Day Prayer Vigil." The vigil ends on "Children’s Sabbaths Weekend," Oct. 16-18. The annual observance of Children’s Sabbaths is a time for people of faith to demonstrate their concern for children and to take specific actions on behalf of children. Children are the most vulnerable people in any society and are unable to advocate for themselves, said Kaye S. Edwards, director of Family and Children’s Ministries at Disciples Home Missions.

Some congregations involve children in the actual vigil, having them light candles on Sunday morning as concerns for them are lifted up to God. "There must be a way found to deal with the thousands of children in this rich nation who live in families without health care," said Edwards. "The numbers of children going to prison, especially young African American boys, is alarming. Something must be done. These are the two issues that are lifted up in this year’s Children’s Defense Fund’s planning book for Children’s Sabbaths." Find out more at: