This Sunday, our children will learn about child detention centers, where the U.S. government places unaccompanied minors who come into our country without documentation. Heritage Church children will be invited to write letters to Congress, urging elected officials to do all they can to shut down the Homestead Child Detention Center, unite children with their families, and prevent other centers from opening.
After starting out in the sanctuary, children will leave to participate in a children’s chalice lighting and candles of community. Then younger children will hear a story with illustrations about an immigrant girl. Older children will view a video of an interview of a minor who was at Homestead. Children will be invited to write letters to Congress that consist of words, pictures, or both. Letters will be shared on social media with the child’s last name blotted out, or, where requested by parent/guardian, with the full name blotted out. Letters will also be delivered to congress.
This Sunday’s effort is part of the “National Week of Action to End Child Detention” (June 9 – 16). For more information, visit https://migrantjustice.afsc.org/write-congress .