Traditionally, Cadet Sunday is the last Sunday in the month of January and Cadet Week is the week leading up to that Sunday. Of course, if these dates don’t work for your church you are free to schedule Cadet Sunday and Cadet Week at a better time.
During Cadet Week your club is encouraged to get families involved by having families visit your club or have fundraising events. The week culminates in Cadet Sunday where the boys of the club participate in a worship service. Participation can take many forms — such as reciting the Landmarks or singing the Cadet hymn in front of the congregation or performing a short drama that presents the theme for the Cadet season. Again, be creative in your approach so that those worshipping with you will remember your boys and the Cadet program.
Cadets Theme for 2018 / 2019: Be a Blessing
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Cadet Sunday 2018-19: Be A Blessing
Depending on the size of your Cadet club you may wish to have all previous cadets and counselors in the congregation join with the cadets/counselors for their parts. Scripture passages are taken from the New International Version: 2 Cor 9:8, Acts 20:35, 2 Cor 9:7, John 14:15, 1 John 4:21
Leader: Be a blessing. We have been blessed with riches and talents, which we can use to bless others. We are told in our theme verse that, “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” There are many ways we, as Christians, can be a blessing in this world.
Cadets/Counselors: We can bless people by sharing our abundance with them.
Congregation: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Cadets/Counselors: How should we give?
Congregation: “… give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
Leader: We have received much and we are thankful for this. We respond to God with love.
Cadets/Counselors: Jesus said, “If you love me you will keep my commandments.”
Congregation: “Whoever loves God must also love his brother.”
Leader: The world and the communities around us are blessed when they see God’s love shown through each of us, His people.
All: We are called to live our Christian lives in love, so that the world will know we are Christians by our love.
Song Suggestions for Cadet Sunday
Below are some suggestions for songs (and the writer or artist) that fit this year’s theme. There are many other songs that can help relay the message that we, having been richly blessed by God, must now go out and be a blessing to others. Try to pick your church’s favorite.
Reminder: being listed here does not give permission to print or project music, your church must still have the rights to do so.
We Receive Your Blessing: Grace Moes, Natasha Moes (official GEMS theme song for 2018-19)
Make Me A Channel of Your Peace: St. Francis of Assisi
They Will Know We Are Christians: Peter Scholtes
This Little Light of Mine: African-American spiritual
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing: Robert Robinson, Martin Madan
Freely, Freely: Carol Owens
Have Thine Own Way, Lord: Adelaide A. Pollard
Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service: Albert F. Bayly
Make Me A Channel of Blessing: Harper G. Smyth
Now Thank We All Our God: Martin Rinkart, trans. by Catherine Winkworth
Take My Life and Let It Be: Frances Ridley Havergal
We Give Thee But Thine Own: William Walsham How
10,000 Reasons: Matt Redman
A City On the Hill: The City Harmonic
Blessed to Be a Blessing: True Vine Music
Build Your Kingdom Here: Rend Collective
Follow You: Ed Cash, Jack Mooring, Leeland Mooring
Send Me, Lord: Traditional South African
Send Me Out: Steve Fee
Shout To the North: Martin Smith
The Summons (Will You Come and Follow Me): John Bell
To Live Is Christ: Sidewalk Prophets
We Are: Kari Jobe
We Want to See Jesus Lifted High: Doug Horley
You Are the Light: Steve Fee
Alternative version of Living for Jesus