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General calls for prayer focus on youth

General calls for prayer focus on youth

General calls for prayer focus on youth

31 January 2019

"Dream Big - Pray Like a Child" is the theme for The Salvation Army's International Day of Prayer for Children and Youth this year.

IHQ Communications

General Brian Peddle is encouraging corps around the world to prioritise youth and children’s ministry during their Sunday meetings on 31 March – The Salvation Army International Day of Prayer for Children and Youth this year.

“This is an important day in The Salvation Army calendar,” said the world leader of The Salvation Army. “As I travel, it is encouraging to be regularly confronted with such vivacious worship and a contagious desire to serve as I see whenever and wherever I meet Salvationist young people.

“In my ‘Call to Mission’ this year, I have intentionally called The Salvation Army world to take responsibility – with a specific call to raise and nurture every generation.

“Friends, we must accept responsibility for children, young adults and emerging leaders – equipping, growing, empowering and discipling our present and future Salvation Army. We must strive to foster a safe environment where our young people are encouraged to find their own place and role in God’s Kingdom. We must provide accessible opportunities for them to grow in their faith, and engage them in sharing that faith with other children and young people, peer to peer.”

“Dream Big – Pray Like a Child” is the theme of the International Day of Prayer for Children and Youth this year.

“The theme is inspired by Bible verses from Ephesians 3:20-21 which, in The Message paraphrase, explain that God can do anything, you know, far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us,” said General Peddle.

A range of special resources have been produced to support the day of prayer. These include a 10-day devotional and prayer resource, based on the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child, which defines five key rights – protection, education, shelter, healthcare and nutrition.

Ideas for Sunday school activities have been produced, a sermon outline, children’s story and creative arts resources. To help with preparation for worship, musical suggestions for bands, songsters and worship teams have also been compiled.

Additionally, a range of posters and PowerPoint images have been designed to help promote awareness of the day of prayer. Finally, a benediction by the General has been recorded and is available to download for use in meetings aimed at children and youth.

More information, including International Day of Prayer resources, can be found online here

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