The theme for National Observance of Children’s Sabbath is set each year by the Children’s Defense Fund. The theme this year is Precious in God’s Sight: Answering the Call to Cherish and Protect Every Child. A variety of materials to help you with your observance of Children’s Sabbath -- including a downloadable manual -- is available at http://www.childrensdefense.org/programs-campaigns/faith-based-action/
The Light a Candle Prayer Vigil utilizes the Children's Defense Fund theme. In addition, this year Light a Candle has identified sub-themes. The sub-themes, in chronological order, are:
- God’s Call to Care for Children
- God’s Care for Children
- Children As a Blessing
- Children in Harm’s Way
- Our Call to Act
Your church may decide to emphasize one of the five sub-themes on each of the five Sundays of the Light a Candle Vigil.