Action for Children Sunday takes place every year on the second Sunday in July
This year's Action for Children Sunday is on 12 July, but you can hold your service whenever you like. Resources in English and Welsh have been produced around the theme: "Choose Childhood". They include activities that can be adapted for use in streamed or home worship.
". . . childhood continues to hurt for so many children in the UK. These children face neglect and abuse, poverty and poor mental health. They don’t choose what happens in their lives. But we can choose to help. That’s why – this Action for Children Sunday – the theme of our worship outline is Choose Childhood. . . "
Materials are available to view and download from the Action for Children website:
Action for Children is the children's charity of the Methodist Church. It was founded in 1869 by Methodist minister Revd Thomas Bowman Stephenson in response to the poverty and danger faced by vulnerable and destitute children and young people living rough on the streets of London.
Today, Action for Children, (formerly, NCH - National Children's Homes) has grown to become a leading children's charity running over 500 projects and working with more children and young people affected by poverty, disability and abuse than any other UK charity.
Action for Children Sunday is held on the second Sunday of July. It is the anniversary of the opening of the first children's home and a chance to celebrate the work of Action for Children and its partnership with the Church at services and activities throughout the country.
If you would like paper copies of the materials, or a speaker from Action for Children for your church, please contact the Action for Children Supporter Helpline on 08457 626579 (calls charged at local rate, open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Action for Children Covenant
(to be said together)
Every child has the right to live, to be safe and to be loved. Every young person has the right to be housed, to have enough money to live in dignity and to have enough support for the future. Every young person has the right to justice, to realise their potential and to be given the space to become independent. In an often cruel and imperfect world, we uphold the work of Action for Children with children and young people in danger, in need and at risk. We support the growth of this work and the pursuit of all these rights for the young, the discounted and the vulnerable. We make this covenant with Action for Children for the sake of all God's children. Amen