Posts Categorized: Children

Peace & Global Witness: Ending the Practice of Child Soldiers

I Want to Tell You a Story… I wish it was just a story, but what I am about to share with you is sadly true. It is about a boy named Princeton—a happy, carefree, 13-year-old boy. Happy, that is, until the day he was snatched by soldiers and taken to a military training camp…. Read more »

Peace & Global Witness: Building a Neighborhood Together

Hope Renewed After a Weekend of Violence I’m sure you haven’t forgotten that weekend in August 2016 when racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, sent shockwaves of fear and grief across our country. Like us and many other Americans, Presbyterian pastor Jon Brown was distraught to the point of numbness.  But on the following Monday… Read more »

Come See Us at the Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women!

The 2018 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women begins tomorrow, August 2nd, in Louisville, KY, marking the celebration’s 30th anniversary. The Special Offerings and Presbyterian Giving Catalog team will be celebrating, too, sharing the work of the whole church with Presbyterian women from all over the United States in the exhibit hall at the Galt House…. Read more »

Children Can Help by Using the Jerry Can Curriculum

The Jerry Can curriculum nurtures and encourages our children’s natural desire to help people in need. Jerry Can represents the one common denominator in all disasters around the world: the need for clean water to survive. The Jerry Can cartoon was created to be a fun, energetic character for children to connect with as they… Read more »

Holy Cow! Children Move Congregation to Donate Through the Giving Catalog

“But Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.’” Matthew 19:14 As adults, we oftentimes dismiss the power and determination of our young people. However, the children at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sacramento, CA, recently proved… Read more »

Giving Catalog Resources for Vacation Bible School

Summer is Almost Upon Us Have you started planning for Vacation Bible School yet? The Presbyterian Giving Catalog has a number of resources to help spark your creativity as you plan a fun and exciting VBS program this year! Consider incorporating these lessons and activities into your program to help show the children in your… Read more »

Over 80 Congregations Participate in All 20 Years of Pentecost Offering

For 20 years, the Pentecost Offering has served to connect the outpouring of the Holy Spirit with ministries that build a life of faith in children, youth, and young adults. Since the Pentecost Offering started in 1998, Presbyterians have raised more than $14 million for Children-at-Risk, Ministries for Youth, and Young Adult Volunteers, committing to… Read more »

Pentecost: Serving in the Spirit

Illinois congregation prioritizes ministry with children at risk The celebration in 2008 of 150 years of ministry at First Presbyterian Church of Homewood, Illinois, was a time to both cherish the past and embrace the future. As it looked toward future opportunities, the congregation decided one focus should be children considered at risk served by the… Read more »