August 2016

Family & Children's Ministries Newsletter

Light a Candle for Children Prayer Vigil & Children's Sabbath 2016

Helping Our Children Heal from Violence

Our theme for the 2016 Light a Candle for Children Prayer Vigil and National Observance of Children's Sabbath is "Helping Our Children Heal from Violence." Our children are not immune to the violence in our neighborhoods, cities, and shown in our media. But how do we reach out? How do we help them heal?

Join us in daily prayer and reflection September 11 - October 16, 2016 and consider observing Children's Sabbath in your congregation on Sunday, October 16th.

Each day we will post a scripture and reflection, in addition to resources and tools for tackling these complex issues.

Follow our daily reflections & resources begininng September 11:


Facebook: Light a Candle for Children Prayer Vigil Page

Twitter: @pray4children

Via email: Sign up on the Light a Candle blog

You may also use our weekly scriptures and themes for reflection in your small group or Sunday service.

For further reading on helping children heal from violence, check out Kate Epperly's thoughts and resources on the Disciples Justice for Children blog.

Upcoming Events

Ongoing CW&W Trainings

Children Worship & Wonder Story Teller Trainings

Fort Deposit, AL -
Sept 9-10
Lee's Summit, MO -
Oct 14-15

Register and view our schedule here or contact Jessica Kramer.

Ongoing Mission First Gatherings

Sign up for Mission First Updates and check out the Mission Gatherings schedule for events around the country!

An Inspiring Model of Ministry:
Sept. 20 - Oct. 2, 2016

Mark your calendar! Under Construction: Building Our Faith Together (this fall in Ocean Grove, NJ) is a part of the UCC's Inspiring Models of Ministry series. This event models the all-church retreat and the importance of building relationships across generations. Learn more. 

June 25-27, 2017

Save the date for this new faith formation conference at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. Intergenerate seeks to bring together church leaders of ALL denominations to explore the question, "How can we bring the generations together?" 

Connect with us!
We love hearing about you and your local ministry. Share with us so we can share what you are doing with others:
Disciples Care for Children Group
Families and Children DHM
Text updates: Text @weeklyfc to 81010


P.O. Box 1986
Indianapolis, IN 46206

Rev. Dr. Olivia Bryan Updegrove
Rev. Olivia Stewart
Rev. Kate Epperly