Cadet Sunday is traditionally the fourth Sunday in January, with Cadet Week normally the week leading up to that Sunday. Your church is welcome, however, to observe Cadet Sunday on any Sunday that works best for you.
We can all agree that this year has not been a year for doing things the “traditional” or “normal” way. Your Cadet club may not be meeting in person, or at all. Your church may be online only or meeting at a reduced capacity. These new modes of operating don’t necessarily lend themselves to a traditional Cadet Sunday service.
Even so, we encourage you to celebrate Cadet Sunday (whenever that Sunday may be), promote Cadets, and get Cadets involved in the church service in any way possible. To that end, Corps has supplied you with a variety of supporting materials for Cadet Sunday. You can find all of them (and links to more) at https://www.calvinistcadets.org/events/cadet-sunday-cadet-week/
We have a Cadet Sunday litany that fits well with our “Dive Into the Word” theme. It is available as a PDF if you need a good-looking print version, but we have the full text available on the web page for you to copy and paste into your own documents or presentation files as needed.
We commissioned a pastor to write up a few pages of notes for a sermon along the lines of our “Dive Into the Word” theme as well. These “bits and pieces” will give your pastor a running start on a sermon that speaks to Cadets as well as congregations.
We can always recommend “Living for Jesus,” but that shouldn’t be your only choice for Cadet-related songs during a worship service. We’ve put together a long list of songs, including some appropriate for younger children, some traditional, and some contemporary.
Large versions of the theme logo and theme poster are available for download and use in your print or digital worship materials. Also included is a screen designed for projection that features our theme poster image with a summary of the goal of Cadets.
Cadet Involvement Ideas
Depending on the way your church is meeting, your method of involving the Cadets in the worship service may vary widely. Ideally, churches would be meeting in person and the boys could be part of the worship service by acting as greeters, ushers, and sitting together at the front of the church. We’re willing to guess that you likely will not have this luxury, however.
If your church is streaming worship services, you may have the opportunity to insert presentation slides (from PowerPoint or similar) into the stream at some point. This could include screens with more info on your Cadet program, the Cadet landmarks, or even pictures and testimonies from the boys and counselors in your club.
If you have the capability, consider recording videos of your cadets. Again, these can be of the landmarks (you could even edit several cadets together to make one recitation of the landmarks), or short testimonials from the boys and counselors about what they like about Cadets. You will want to consult with your church’s audio/visual team to find out what is feasible.
However – and whenever – you are able, we hope you get the chance to celebrate Cadet Sunday, promote Cadets, and get Cadets involved. If you have more ideas, questions, or comments, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.