Children's Programme

Children’s Global Village at the WMOF2018 Pastoral Congress (RDS)

“Dear Children, our hands are a symbol for our hearts,
and only open generous hearts can change the world.”  
Pope Francis 

Children ProgrammeCredit Photo: Des McMahon

The World Meeting of Families Children’s team welcomes children from all around the world to join us in the Children’s Global Village.

Children from the ages of 4- 12 will be catered for in this space.There is a maximum capacity of 800 participants in the Children’s Global Village. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The children’s programme will offer a variety of age-specific workshops throughout the Children’s Global Village whereby children will engage with their faith though a multitude of sensory and engaging activities. It will include songs, arts and crafts, dance, games and lots of fun packed faith activities, shows and workshops to entertain the children while helping them to reflect on the importance of family. An opportunity to meeting and greeting children of all ages from around the world.


Children’s Global Village Opening Hours
Wednesday 22nd August to Friday 24th August 2018

Morning Programme

(For children between the ages of 4-12 years)

Please note: The morning programme is for children only to participate in while parents/guardians take part in morning sessions or other activities.

This is a fully supervised programme from 9.30 to 12.30

Evening Programme 

(For children and their families. Open to all ages)

Please note: Children may not be left unaccompanied in this space during the evening drama programme.
Parents/guardians must remain in attendance during the evening programme.

Wednesday 22nd
09:30 – 12:30
Families of Faith; and the importance of saying ‘Please’.
Bishop Donal McKeown. Bishop Donal is the Bishop of Derry. He is also Chair of the Irish National Conference of Diocesan Youth Directors.  

Fun Fact!  Bishop Donal is fluent in German, Italian and Gaeilge, the national language of Ireland.

Wednesday 22nd
18:30 – 20:00 Evening Drama performance:  
Kisi Kids. God’s Singing Children.

Thrilling melodies and dances tell the story of a brave, young woman who feels drawn to the God of Israel through a humorous yet honest production. Ruth chooses to be faithful to Naomi and dares a new beginning. A story that shows Ruth responding positively to life in any situation. An adventure for the whole family

Thursday 23rd
09:30 – 12:30
God Loves Me; and the importance of saying ‘sorry’
Fr Patrick Cahill. Fr Patrick is originally from Thurles, Co. Tipperary. It’s a long way to Tipperary! Fun Fact: In 2016, Fr. Patrick started a school of formation for young people called the ‘Holy Family School’ in Glencomeragh House, Co. Tipperary.

Thursday 23rd 
18:30 – 20:00  Evening Drama performance:

A Little Bit of Francis - The Life of Pope Francis
Holy Family Ballsgrove, Drogheda

Friday 24th
09:30 – 12:30
Hope and Happiness; the fruits of ‘Thank you’
Bishop Fintan Monahan. Bishop Fintan is originally from Co. Galway but was appointed as Bishop of the Diocese of Killaloe in 2016.

Fun Fact: Bishop Fintan is arguably Ireland’s fittest Bishop! He can often be seen crossing the finishing line at marathons.

Friday 24th   
No Evening Programme


The Children’s Global Village will be held in a secure area of the RDS Simmonscourt campus. We are committed to keeping children in our care in very safe hands. Therefore, only pre-approved adult volunteers, speakers, entertainers, workshop leaders and other necessary leaders will have entry to the WMOF Teen Global Village for the duration of the morning children’s Programmes. However, ALL AGES are welcome to visit the Children’s Global Village for the evening drama programme. Under 18’s must not be left unaccompanied in the Children’s Global Village during the evening drama programme. 

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them” (Mt 19:14).

In the same way that Jesus Christ commanded the adults to allow the children to approach him, we encourage all parents with children attending the WMOF’s to encourage your children to attend the daily children’s programme prepared for them in the Children’s Global Village. The overall programme and daily catechesis are based upon the themes of ‘Please, Thank you and Sorry’ as outlined by Pope Francis in Amoris Laetitia. "Three words need to be used. I want to repeat this! Three words: 'Please', 'Thank you', 'Sorry'. Three essential words!"

The workshops and catechesis will be child-centred, pointing them towards the sense of wonder and awe that children intuitively have in relation to the world around them and to their relationship with Jesus Christ and their own families. It will also tap into the innate goodness that is inherent within all children, and the ease with which they form meaningful relationships with others, particularly children from other parts of the world who will also be in attendance in the Children’s Global Village.

The workshops in the Children’s Global Village will utilise children’s gifts and talents given to them by God.  Children who attend this space for the three days will be given with opportunity to engage with their faith on a deeper and more meaningful level through activities relating to their faith journey and formation. Bible Stories, Godly play, Drama, Catechesis, Music, Song and Dance will all form the basis of some of the workshops provided in this friendly, inviting and creative space. 

Further details on the programme will be announced closer to the date of the events. 

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