Posted by: morgan1965 | August 13, 2014

Children And Poverty: Making A Difference

The Pan-Methodist Commission had its birth in 1985, with a primary objective to foster meaningful cooperation among the African Methodist Episcopal, African Methodist Episcopal Zion, African Union Methodist Protestant, Christian Methodist Episcopal, United Methodist, and Union American Methodist Episcopal Churches. The goal of this cooperation is to manifest a witness to Methodist principles of Christian formation, service, and social justice.

It is no surprise that in 1998 the Pan-Methodist Commission member denominations joined the Campaign for Children and Poverty. This commitment demonstrates solidarity in their commitment to children who live in poverty. There are two main objectives: “(1) to review and empower the efforts of congregations already serving children at risk to poverty; and (2) to challenge and enable congregations that are not involved with children.” This effort marks the first time that these denominations have collaborated together in making a social witness in a Methodist partnership.

Local congregations are encouraged to be involved in ministries that care for children in poverty. These children are often left out or excluded. Churches also can be active in advocacy for children and participate in the nurture of all children. Local church buildings (congregations) ought to be the one place where children know that they are welcome. Children have no advocate other than those adults who will advocate on behalf of children. The church, therefore, should be a place of safe sanctuary for children, and a platform of advocacy for all children, especially those children who are economically deprived.

Churches through the Campaign for Children and Poverty have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children and youth.

What are some action steps that might help to make a difference? Let’s consider a few action steps: (1) Assess the needs of children in the community that your church serves. (2) Celebrate the Annual Children’s Sabbath, by designating a Sunday in October, and obtaining resources from the Children’s Defense Fund. (3) Review and consider the needs of all children. (4) Be a host church for programs that focus on children and poverty. (5) Educate the congregation and the community on appropriate responses to child abuse. (6) Reach out to the public schools in your community.

We have the technical ability and resources to care for our children. The church must provide the vision and the moral/ethical will to make a difference on behalf of our children, especially those children who are living in poverty. Let’s join the campaign and help to make a difference.

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