"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
- James 1:27
November is International adoption month and we want to see churches all across Canada joining together in support of ONE Sunday. We have provided some helpful links and resources that you can use at www.111canada.org. Feel free to incorporate your own ideas or let us know of any way in which we can support or assist you. Each event is locally-led and can consist of sermons, small groups, concerts, prayer gatherings, shared meals, youth activities, or any combination.
ONE Sunday is your opportunity to awaken your church, community and friends to God’s call to care for children without families. Many churches and organizations have hosted an event over the years and inspired believers to ask what they can do to serve children without families.
Below, you will find a list of helpful resources that your church could use in bringing awareness to the needs of children without families. Perhaps your church would be willing to host a ONE Sunday, have a special message or host an awareness night/fundraiser for adoption grants or an orphanage.
Choose a date in November, begin planning, and let us know! We will have a listing of all churches/organizations participating in ONE Sunday (can be any date in November) all across Canada!
Email email@example.com if you are interested in hosting a ONE Sunday and we will help you get started and post it on our website.
Click below for:
Bible Studies and Small Group Guides
Sermon Notes and Resources
List of Churches Hosting a ONE Sunday
Prayer Guide leading up to your event
Southgate Church - November 20 - 10am Sunday morning service
Mt. Arrowsmith Salvation Army Corps Church - November 13 - 10:30am
A Child's Song Adoption Conference - November 4-5
Cornerstone Mountain Assembly - November 13 - 11am
Gwynne Community Church - November 13 - 10am
Middle Lake Gospel church
Forever Families Canada - November 4-5 - Belong Summit Conference
Harvest Bible Chapel - November 13 - 6:45pm-8:45pm - Prayer meeting
Check back weekly for our updated list of events. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to add your event.
Here are some useful prayer guides you could use for your ONE Sunday.
Orphan Sunday Prayer
One Hour Prayer Guide for Orphans
Orphan’s Table Prayer and Discussion Guide
Zambia’s Gift to the World–Prayer and Film Discussion Guide
God’s Heart for the Orphans Is His Heart for You!
Considering Adoption: the Heart of God
Considering Adoption: Where Do We Go from Here?
God’s Heart for the Orphan Study Guide
Created To Connect Study Guide
RED LETTERS Study
iFast58-Four Week Series
Here are some useful videos you can use for your ONE Sunday.
David Platt & Orphan Sunday
I am Loved
Francis Chan for Orphan Sunday
Hope is Fading
For God so Loved
Creating an Adoption Culture in your Church
We Love Because
Foster Care Promotion
God’s Heart for the Orphan
A series of three sermon (that could lead up to Orphan Sunday)
God’s Gift of Adoption
The Cosmic Significance of Adoption
Hope for 100 (Video) [PDF of Sermon Text]
The Prodigal’s Suspicion and the Global Orphan Crisis
How other churches have done Orphan Sunday
Posters and flyers
Orphan Sunday press release template
How to guide for using social media to promote Orphan Sunday
We serve a mighty God who IS able to move mountains, but sometimes He is simply just trying to help us see something from a different perspective. ONE Sunday is not about one church, one person, or one objective. ONE Sunday is the Church (collectively as God intended) coming together on ONE DAY with ONE PURPOSE using ONE VOICE. Below is a Prayer & Fasting Guide for the week leading up to your ONE Sunday.
Prayer and Fasting Guide
Monday: Today, pray for local foster and adoptive folks who are on the front lines of orphan care to be encouraged, supported by the local Church and that God may give them the strength to continue. This includes, but is not limited to: foster and adoptive parents, those who work within the foster care system, those who facilitate foster care or adoptive services, case workers, social workers, psychologists and therapists. These folks are on the front lines of orphan care and often feel alone or bound by a system.
Tuesday: Today, pray for your pastor, your church leadership, and the Church as a whole to feel the Lord's heart for the orphans as seen in Psalm 68:5-6 (below) and for Him to raise up workers for the harvest from your church and community to go to the "fields of the fatherless." "A Father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families..." - Psalm 68:5-6"Give up your wicked ways. Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the orphan. Fight for the rights of widows." - Isaiah 1:16-17
Wednesday: Today, pray for state and federal policy makers, judges, attorneys, penitentiary and correction officers and workers, and national organizations committed to helping orphans. Ask the Lord to give them wisdom as they make decisions directly affecting children, particularly the orphan.
Thursday: Today, pray that God would move mightily within the Church across Canada and give the Church a positive voice across Canada as it reaches out to homeless children and youth, victims of child trafficking, foster care, parents struggling to care for and raise their children, birth parents, and children trapped in an abusive situation.
Friday: Today, ask the Lord help parents struggling to care for their children due to financial, physical, medical, stress or social stigma due to a birth defect. Ask the Lord to protect children and their parents from kidnapping, child trafficking, hunger, disease and war.
Saturday: Fasting Day: If you are able to fast (give up food for the day), then fast and pray. If you are unable to fast, consider giving up one meal, a favorite item, TV, Facebook or your phone. Today, ask God that of the 2 billion Christians in the world, 7% would show hope to a single orphan, looking after the child in their distress. Ask the Lord to convict the church around the world that if we did this, there would effectively be no more orphans. Ask the Lord to show each of His followers that we can each do something. Within your prayers, choose a country or countries to pray specifically over and pray for nationals within that country to rise up and be willing to care for orphans.
Orphan Sunday: Today, pray for ONE Sunday events around the world to go smoothly. Pray for the Lord to speak through pastors and speakers around the world. Pray for the Spirit to convict, encourage, challenge and confirm families, pastors and orphan care workers all over the world.
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