United Church of Christ

Devotional Subject: Children

Churches in Syria are getting a $64,000 boost in their work with war-stricken children and families, thanks to Global Ministries of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and a grant from the Harold C. Smith Foundation.


Neighbors in Need supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. In the St. Louis area, a Neighbors in Need grant helped make a special learning opportunity possible for dozens of children from kindergarten to second grade. The 2018 offering will be taken in early October, and the grant application process is available online until September 30.


Like many congregations around the UCC, Niles Discovery Church in Fremont, Calif., collected school supplies for children in August. It's an annual ministry which embodies the UCC 3 Great Loves initiative. A tangible expression of love of children, it also makes going back to class a lot easier for a lot of kids in their community.


Children in foster care in Claremont, N.C. have a couple of strong allies in a local UCC affiliated retirement community, who want to make sure the young ones have what they need when they are facing change.


Monday through Friday, a community of people from all walks of life in Asheville, N.C. gather for a midday meal at the 12 Baskets Café. The Café recreates the model of the traditional soup kitchen, serving high-quality prepared but untouched food donated daily by more than a dozen local restaurants.