WESTMINSTER WEST -- The Congregational Church of Westminster West and their guests, Christ’s Church of Saxtons River, will celebrate Children’s Sabbath on Sunday, Oct. 21. A program of the Children’s Defense Fund, Children’s Sabbath is an annual event that encourages communities of faith of all types to address their responsibility to the most vulnerable -- the children.
During the worship service, which begins at 10 a.m., participants will be addressed by three local women whose work experience gives them particular insights into the challenges facing children in the community. Nancy Polseno, formerly a clinician with the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union’s Special Education program, and Sandy Hartley, who works at the Meadows School of the Brattleboro Retreat, both will address the ways in which poverty and other challenges change the educational landscape for children.
Lisa Pitcher, the director of Our Place in Bellows Falls, will speak of the impact of hunger or food insecurity on local children. All three will help the gathered congregations to reaffirm that it is everyone’s responsibility to help make the world both safe and nourishing for children.
The worship service, which will include the church’s monthly "Manna Project Offering" for Our Place, will be followed by a time of fellowship, when the congregation and visitors will begin to learn ways in which to move from
The Congregational Church of Westminster West is a member of the United Church of Christ. The church building is wheel-chair accessible, and the congregation is an Open and Affirming congregation. For more information, contact the Rev. Susie Webster-Toleno at email@example.com.