Posts Categorized: Children

Pentecost: Building a Life of Faith

“O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.” ~ Psalm 71:17 The Pentecost Offering unites us in a church-wide effort to support young people in Christ and inspire them to share their faith, ideas, and unique gifts with the church and the world. Each year on Pentecost… Read more »

Creating Hope for Today and Tomorrow

Pentecost Offering helps teen mothers and their children flourish As a high school student, Lily Jones had a beautiful 18-month-old daughter and a strong desire to finish school. Lily knew the importance of education to her future and that of her daughter Sophia, but day care posed a problem. Lily’s family and Sophia’s father’s family… Read more »

The First Third of Life, Your First Impression of the World

We all know the importance of a first impression. As kids, we all learned about strong handshakes and heard, “First impressions are the most lasting,” and “You don’t get a second chance at a first impression.” Think of all the firsts in your life: your first best friend, your first day of school, your first… Read more »

Minute for Mission: Children at Risk

Illinois church helps prepare at-risk boys for success in school The next time you see a group of young African American boys happily playing in a park, keep that mental picture in your mind. Then consider the statistics suggesting that one of every three boys on that playground will spend time in prison. That’s a… Read more »

Plan Now to Share in Their Lives

 

We were glad to share not only God’s good news with you but also our very lives because we cared for you so much. — 1 Thessalonians 2:8Plan Now to Share in Their Lives6 out of 10 youth will walk away from their faith sometime in their 20sSix out of ten. The Pentecost Offering is devoted to ministries that support our young people during their first third of life, the time from childhood through young adulthood, helping them build lifelong connections to their faith, churches, and communities.The first third of life is a time when spirituality, emotional health, cognitive development, and relationships take shape, influencing ideas and actions well into the future. This is a time when the church, and you, can nurture and guide our youth by sharing with them God’s good news and our very lives to lead them on a path towards a bright and faith-led future.Get involved. Speak with your congregation about the ministries supported by the Offering.Your own church and local youth programs Developing and supporting programs for children at risk, youth, and young adults in your own church and communityYoung Adult Volunteers (YAV) Providing opportunities for young adults to serve in communities around the world and grow as leaders through transformative Christian serviceMinistries with Youth Helping to guide our youth by uniting them in Christ and lifting them up as leaders and messengers of God’s wordAdvocacy and education for at-risk youth Supporting vital ministries to improve education and provide a safe haven for children across the globeInvest in their first third of lifePlease share gladly and give generously to the Pentecost Offering.Resources are available online and through Presbyterian Distribution Services. We’re here to help! Feel free to contact us if you have questions or need any assistance. 

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Minute for Mission: Focusing on the First Third of Life

Ministries supported by the Pentecost Offering reach people during this critical stage The Pentecost Offering is all about helping people begin life with a strong start. A solid foundation formed from childhood through young adulthood enables individuals to weather life’s storms and build on life’s opportunities. This age range is sometimes called the “first third… Read more »

Incredible Growth

Guest Post by Rev. Brad Braley The Pentecost Offering is unique in that 40% of receipts are retained by your congregation for local ministries with children, youth or young adults. Pastor Brad Braley wrote to tell us about how creating a thriving project has tripled their offering receipts! Image: Payless Gives In 2001 we saw… Read more »