EVERYONE has a role to play in standing for children and family in critical life situations involving child welfare. No one person can do everything, but every person can do something. Are you ready to lead your church to Stand?
1/ Let us know you are Standing!
When you fill out the information here, we will publish your church's name and approx. number of attendees on our list of Stand Sunday observers. We would be honored to meet with you (in person or online) to hear about how your church supports children and families involved in child welfare or help you further develop this type of essential ministry.
2 / Utilize the Field Guide, Graphics, & Videos
3 / Order T-Shirts for your Congregation
You can order Stand Sunday T-Shirts here and even add your church's logo on a sleeve. Either sell the shirts at cost to interested members or consider giving them away. Have your congregation proudly wear their shirts on Sunday, November 12 signifying your church's observance of Stand Sunday. Encourage your congregation to wear their shirts throughout the year and boldly share the message of Christ to care for the least of these when people express curiosity.
4 / Promote & Post to Social Media
Promote Stand Sunday to your congregation and beyond by utilizing the promotional materials provided by CAFO and posting updates and photos to social media. Use #standsunday2023.
5 / Plan a Follow Up Meeting
Stand Sunday is merely a catalyst event focused on building awareness and prayer. The Monday after Stand Sunday is when awareness can move to action. Create an action plan for your congregation by hosting a Stand Sunday Follow Up meeting. Representatives from Harvest Family Life Ministries (led by Bishop Aaron Blake, the founder of Stand Sunday) would be delighted to meet with your ministry leadership prior to the meeting, equip and empower your team to lead, and come stand with you. Be sure to check out Toolkit that includes the 2023 Guidebook, suggested reading, and our 27 Ways to Get Involved. Contact email@example.com to schedule some time to explore ways we can equip and empower you to lead in this effort.
6 / Lead your Church to Stand on Sunday, November 12!
Churches around the nation observe Stand Sunday in different ways. Some churches design the entire worship service emphasizing the call of James 1:27 by hosting a guest speaker, showing videos, interviewing foster families and children from within the church, leading in guided prayer, and even displaying a Heart Gallery in the church foyer. Other churches more simply include a hand out in the church bulletin and make an announcement for an upcoming follow up meeting to discuss ways church members can be involved in orphan care ministry both locally and internationally. Each church, ministry structure, and community is unique, and we are available to support you however you choose to lead. We'd love to come share data regarding vulnerable children and families that is specific to your local and surrounding communities and walk with you as you lead your church toward it's next steps. Those next steps could include utilizing the CarePortal, hosting or co-hosting a Brave foster/adoption recruitment event, training teams to engage in prevention efforts, or any other efforts listed in our 27 Ways to Engage in Foster Care Prevention, Intervention, and Transition.