Monday, May 15, 2023

The Second Sunday in June is Children's Day - Celebrate!


The second Sunday in June is Children's Day.  Before I share a few ideas for celebrating, let's look at a bit of history for Children's Day. 

  • "Children’s Day observations in the United States predate both Mother’s and Father’s Day. The day to celebrate children dates from the 1860s and earlier. The Methodist Episcopal Church at the Methodist Conference of 1868 recommended the second Sunday in June be observed annually as Children’s Day
  • The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in 1883 designated the 'the second Sabbath in June as Children’s Day. 
  • Chase’s Calendar of Events cites Children’s Sunday and notes The Commonwealth of Massachusetts issues an annual proclamation for the second Sunday in June
  • Numerous churches and denominations currently observe the second Sunday in June, including the African Methodist Episcopal Church, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Church of the  Nazarene."
The website - says; "American families and the entire country need this day to love, evaluate, and commit to the betterment of our children." If you are already planning to enjoy the day celebrating the children you love - go for it! If you have not planned to do anything to celebrate Children's Day, consider the following ideas . . . 
  • Print our Children's Day Commitment Card - sign and give to or mail to your grandchildren - you will find a printable copy at this link.
  • Enjoy a meal with your grandchildren - and grown children, too.
  • Do something "wacky" together - we usually have a water gun "fight" - I get soaked!
  • Go on a walk in a park or woods - talk about God's amazing creation and how His best part of creation is them!
  • Be certain to communicate to your grandchildren how much you love them, how you are thankful for them, and how you pray for them daily.
  • Commit to hand down confident faith to them in the coming year.
These are just a few ideas - how might you celebrate Children's Day this year?

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