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Children’s Religious Education

Elizabeth Brown

 

UUCVH is growing and we have more children attending church with their families than we have had in a long time! We are excited about this change and are hopeful that our congregation will help us to celebrate this growth by supporting the development and expansion of children's programming. In an effort to help connect our congregation to our children, we will be celebrating Universal Children's Day at our November 20th service. We are looking forward to finding ways to reminisce on our congregation’s childhood and celebrate the incredible (young) beings in our church! It will be a very special, and sort of different service, but one that will help us give our inner children the opportunity to come out and play! We hope you will join us :) 

In this newsletter we will be exploring what Universal Children's Day is and why it is so important for us to focus on our littlest citizens... after all they are truly our future.

The History of Universal Children’s Day 

Universal Children’s Day was first announced by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1954. Originally, there were 2 goals this day was to help achieve: to encourage children of all races, creeds and religions to spend time together, getting to know each other and appreciating each other’s differences, and to prompt governments worldwide to pay more attention to the welfare of their youngest citizens. Although Universal Children’s Day takes place on November 20th, each country that participates in the festivities has its own date set aside for this purpose—in South Sudan, for example, Children’s Day is celebrated on December 23rd, in Cuba on the third Sunday of July, and in Poland on June 1st. Since its establishment as a holiday, Universal Children’s Day has been tied to many different, honorable causes, such as the commitment to stopping HIV/AIDS by 2015. Another one of the goals Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations aspires to reach is for every child to have access to an education and be able to attend school. Promoting peace, respect and concern for the environment among the world’s children are also considered to be of utmost importance.

How to Celebrate Universal Children’s Day

- Volunteer to read to a group of children at your local library

- Spend a bit of extra time with the special children in your lives

- Attend a service or celebration to learn more about what Universal Children's Day is all about

- Try something new with a child... go for a hike, connect with nature, take a short road trip

- Read information about current events in our world that are effecting children

- Donate to a cause that helps children worldwide and locally

- Take time to reflect on your childhood, what were some wonderful things, what were somethings you would change

- Contact someone in your life that made a difference in you growing up and thank them

There is so much you can do to celebrate the children in your life, but the most important thing is to advocate for their rights. We are a fast paced, independent society that often forgets to slow down and think about our children's needs. They will help to shape the future of our world... isn't it time to really shift our focus? 

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