By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST Ministries and the ASSIST News Service
BATAVIA, IL (ANS — June 4, 2015) — Governors and mayors across the United States have joined in proclaiming Sunday, June 14, 2015, as “Children’s Day.”
According to The Religion Wire™, since 2007, the governor of the state of Illinois has proclaimed “Children’s Day” on the second Sunday in June. Alaska recently came on board for the date. But, churches in America have historically supported the date for some 150 years.
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, Church of the Nazarene, and Reformed Church in America.
John Ross, advocate for Children’s Day and part of a growing movement spear-headed by the website, www.nationalchildrensday.us, notes that “churches throughout America both in urban and rural settings continue to support this day.”
The news release stated that 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 that 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 that The Commonwealth of Massachusetts issues an annual proclamation for the second Sunday in June.
The Children’s Day website, www.nationalchildrensday.us, offers helps and also challenges parents, individuals, churches/houses of worship, schools/places of education, government/community and businesses to sign commitment cards directed at affirming America’s children. They pledge to “commit myself (ourselves), in the coming year, to love, cherish, nurture (physical, mental, emotional, & spiritual needs), and affirm…” They can also make a commitment beyond America to the world’s children.
For further information, contact: John Ross, phone: (630) 879-8828, evening phone: (630) 879-2583, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo captions: 1) Logo. 2) Dan Wooding, the father of two sons. Left to right: Andrew, Dan, Norma and Peter.
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 74, is an award-winning journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for nearly 52 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He is the author of 45 books and founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS). Dan hosts the weekly “Front Page Radio” show on the KWVE Radio Network in Southern California and which is also carried throughout the United States and around the world, and also “His Channel Live,” a TV show beamed to 192 countries.
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