Last year we were delighted to have 200 churches take part in the UK’s first ever national Adoption Sunday . This year on 2nd of November we’d love to see 300 join in. Here are 5 reasons we’d love you and your church to take part.
1. Our adoption into God’s family is such a wonderful privilege.
I can think of no higher privilege than knowing that we are welcomed into God’s family through the sacrificial death of God’s own son. Strangely we hardly ever talk about it – here’s an opportunity to remind every Christian that they are adopted and why that matters.
2. The church is called to care for vulnerable children
Caring for the needy is not something that the church can outsource. God told his people what kind of religion he is looking for “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress” James 1.27 (cf Isaiah 1 too). So we the church cannot abdicate our responsibility of caring for those in need – particularly the most vulnerable: children and the elderly.
3. Our nation has 6000 children who need a forever family
It is a national shame that 6000 children are left behind in the care system and deemed “hard to place” – as the adopted people of God adoption should be at the heart of what we do as churches. Adoption Sunday is a way to put this need in front of the whole church.
4. We need to change the church’s imagination on adoption
Adoption and fostering is not on the radar for many Christians – its seen to be someone else’s problem. If we are going to help the church get a vision for finding families to step up to the challenge and also to help the rest of the church family to wrap around and support them. We need to expose people that don’t yet know they are interested to the challenge and opportunities. So by taking part in adoption Sunday we help to shape the imagination of the whole church on this issue.
5. If we say we care about justice we must care about children in care
I am delighted the church is stepping up to engage with poverty through things like Street Pastors, CAP, Foodbank and Prison ministry. This is wonderful. There are wonderful examples of these initiatives leading to deep and meaningful relationships. But sadly sometimes this can be limited to a passing acquaintance with the poor when we serve them as clients at a drop in centre. Fostering and adoption takes things to another level where the poor become family with us. The poor stop being an anonymous passing crowd – but instead become little Jonny that we share our breakfast with, little Shabira who comes on holiday with us, or Ali who we help to find a job when he leaves school.
Here’s what you can do
– sign up for the FREE ADOPTION SUNDAY PACK
– look out of the new Home for Good video coming our later in the summer – here’s last year’s as a taster.
– spread the word so that more churches get involved this year so we can find more homes for children that need them.