August 2015

Family & Children's Ministries Newsletter

Light a Candle for Children: Sept. 13 - Oct. 18, 2015

Written by Children & Youth

Light a Candle for Children is an advocacy & prayer vigil project that invites congregations to join in Days of Prayer for Children leading up to Children's Sabbath on Sunday, October 18th. It is a project of Family & Children’s Ministries and features writing submitted by both Disciples and UCC members.

     This year's vigil will be observed online September 13-October 18 and will feature devotionals written by children and youth from around the country. A new devotional will be posted each day during the vigil. Subscribe below and get tips on our website for observing Light a Candle and Children's Sabbath in your own congregation or family.

 Light a Candle for Children

@Pray4Children (Includes option to subscribe via email)

As of today we are still accepting submissions for this year's vigil. See details on our website.

Thanks to Our Candles

We would like to give a special thanks to and lift up the work of Rev. Tim Graves who has kept Light a Candle going and supported Family & Children's Ministries during important transitional times.
     A few words on Tim and others who have helped us along the way from Olivia Bryan Updegrove:

It has been two and a half years since Olivia Stewart and I (Olivia Bryan Updegrove) became Co-Ministers for Families & Children...Here is what is interesting. Olivia Stewart and I do not really know Tim well. He was close with our predecessor, Kaye Edwards (who has also helped us immensely). He worked with her to set up “Light a Candle for Children” online and the Facebook Disciples Care for Children group. When we came on board, he was graciously willing to keep these ministries going....

Read more....

North American Youth Event (NYE): July 26-30, 2016

Mark your calendar to attend a most magical Disciples of Christ/United Church of Christ Partner Youth Event!

Join 3,000 or more youth from all over the USA & Canada
at Walt Disney World’s Coronado Springs Resort.

See the UCC NYE page for updates on pricing & events.

Upcoming Events

Ongoing CW&W Trainings

Children Worship & Wonder Story Teller Trainings
Lexington, KY - August 21-22
Owensboro, KY - September 11-12
Indianapolis, IN - September 11-13
Newport Beach, CA - September 12
Lynchburg, VA - September 18-19
Newport Beach, CA - September 19

Check our schedule for updates or contact Jessica Kramer.
Interdenominational Training

Messy Church: An Inspiring Model of Ministry
- Sponsored by UCC Faith Formation Team & McFarland UCC
November 8, 2015 in McFarland, WI

You can read more about how Messy Church got its start at

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. Olivia Stewart
Rev. Dr. Olivia Bryan Updegrove