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Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

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UNICEF and the PC(USA) have long had a special relationship. Why? Because Trick or Treat for UNICEF was initiated by the Reverend Clyde Allison, a Presbyterian minister and curriculum editor, and his wife Mary Emma. The initiative was first introduced to Presbyterian junior high students in a curriculum story written by Mrs. Allison and included in the curriculum the Rev. Allison edited. It was subsequently adopted by UNICEF as a fundraiser, and the rest is history.

The Allisons’ son, Monroe, says the needs of children worldwide was what inspired his parents to start Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. “They believed that every child is created and loved by God,” he says. “And as far as God is concerned, a child born in Darfur needs the same care and nurturing as a child born in Pennsylvania. Every child is a gift from God, and we all have the obligation to lead every child to become a caring, productive adult.”

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Invite kids to read a story for children about Trick or Treat for UNICEF

A New Congregational Election Year Resource Focused on Children

The Presbyterian Child Advocacy Network (PCAN), a network of the Presbyterian Health, Education and Welfare Association (PHEWA), has developed a child-focused election year resource.  This resource invites candidates and church members alike to look at the issues and their own records through the lens of child advocacy. Read more

'How Are the Children?'


God’s Creation, Our Health: Taking Action Together

God's Creation - Our Health: Taking Action TogetherGod’s Creation, Our Health: Taking Action Together, a four-session study to engage older elementary children in discipleship through a virtual partnership with peers in Peru, is now available. Produced by the Office of Child Advocacy in partnership with the Office of Environmental Ministries and Jed Koball, mission co-worker and companionship facilitator for Joining Hands Against Hunger Peru, the study gives children the opportunity to explore what our faith has to say about environmental stewardship. Following the lead of CAMBIALO, a group of concerned and active young people in Peru, they will learn how to speak out about contamination of the environment and what it does to children’s health and how to take action to protect God’s creation and children’s health. Stories and video clips on Kids4Kids are an integral part of the study, and kids can also post their own ideas and comments on “Says Who? Says U! “, the website’s message board.

God’s Creation, Our Health: Taking Action Together


Our Day to End Poverty: 24 Ways You Can Make a Difference

Our Day to End Poverty coverThere’s a new study guide for use with the book Our Day to End Poverty: 24 Ways You Can Make a Difference, by Shannon Daley-Harris and Jeffrey Keenan. The book offers scores of practical actions anyone can take to fight poverty.

The study guide, for use with small groups of adults in congregations, provides additional suggestions that connect with work being done by many ministries of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to end poverty. Written by Shannon Daley Harris, an ordained Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and  creator of the National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths and the Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry for Children’s Defense Fund; and Carol Wehrheim ,writer, editor and consultant in Christian education and 2001 APCE Educator of the Year, the seven-session study provides groups with worship, learning activities, and ways to respond based on the book.

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'For Children We Pray'

At the close of the Decade, pray for children.


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Use the video clip “For Children We Pray” in worship or as a devotion to begin a Christian education or outreach committee meeting.

Set up prayer stations. Use “Creating Prayer Stations”  to guide your preparation. Download  images, statistics,  prayers and worship resources.


  • A question: What is the PCUSA mission agency doing for the thousands of illegal child immigrants being held in dentention on our southern borders? Is there something we can do? by Arlene on 06/19/2014 at 11:02 a.m.

  • Just wanted to say thank you to whoever made this "pin"able!! by Adriane on 08/22/2012 at 12:13 p.m.

  • Una, we are definitely continuing this work- in fact, we are expanding it on an ongoing basis through the work of the Human Trafficking Roundtable. by Martha Gee on 09/14/2011 at 10:06 a.m.

  • Martha, I don't see any mention of the work that G.A. and PHEWA are doing to end child trafficking and exploitaiton of children. I hope we are continuing to work on both of these issues. Una . is by una stevenson on 06/20/2011 at 1:26 p.m.

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