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 

UPDATED INFORMATION RE CHILDREN’S GLOBAL VILLAGE

Please see below note for parents re accompanying children  4-12 years old at the Pastoral Congress.
The World Meeting of Families 2018 has an important update for all families joining us at the Pastoral Congress in the RDS from Wednesday 22 August to Friday 24 August.

Due to a number of requests from parents who would like to join their children in the children’s programme, the WMOF2018 has decided to open this exciting and spirt filled programme to families. All children should be accompanied by a parent/guardian during this programme. 

For  parents who would like to bring their children to the major panels and workshops, it is possible to do so. Please check there are a number of workshops that are discussing adult themes such as human trafficking and safeguarding.

In addition the Family Arena Programme, the Youcat Tent’s, exhibitions and the Tech Zones are running for all to attend  throughout the Congress. Pilgrims are advised to consult their Family Guidebook for the Pastoral Congress workshops and event details. 

Download here terms and conditions for the Children's Global Village.

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 750 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

MORNING PROGRAMME

09:00    Registration
09:30    Open and Welcome
09:45    Kisi Kids Drama – Ruth and Boaz - Worship and Action Songs

10:15    Workshop 1 in Tents:

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Drama & Music
  • Caring & Sharing
  • Godly Play®
  • Prayer Tent
     

11:00    Main Tent: Kisi Kids – God’s Singing Children
11:10    Catechesis: Families of Faith; and the importance of saying ‘Please’.

  • Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry, Ireland

11:20    Video Testimony – Naas Parish Altar Servers

11:30    Workshop 2 in Tents:

  • Arts & Crafts 
  • Drama & Music 
  • Caring & Sharing 
  • Godly Play®
  • Prayer Tent
     

12:15    Main Tent: Puppet Theatre with Kisi Kids
12:30    Programme Close and children are collected.


EVENING PROGRAMME

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

18:30 - 20:00     Evening Music & Drama Performance: Ruth the Family Musical 
        Kisi Kids – God’s Singing Children 
 

Thursday 23nd August 

MORNING PROGRAMME

09:00    Registration
09:30    Open and Welcome
09:45    Kisi Kids Drama – Joseph and his Brothers - Worship and Action Songs
10:15    Workshop 1 in Tents:

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Drama & Music
  • Caring & Sharing
  • Godly Play®
  • Prayer Tent
     

11:00    Main Tent: Kisi Kids – God’s Singing Children
11:10    Catechesis: God Loves Me; and the importance of saying ‘Sorry’

  • Fr Patrick Cahill, Waterford, Ireland
     

11:20    Video Testimony – Mullingar Cathedral Choristers
11:30    Workshop 2 in Tents:

  • Arts & Crafts 
  • Drama & Music 
  • Caring & Sharing 
  • Godly Play®
  • Prayer Tent
     

12:15    Main Tent: Amoris Animation
12:30    Programme Close and children are collected.


EVENING PROGRAMME

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

18:30 - 20:00     Evening Music & Drama Performance
        A Little Bit of Francis - the Life of Pope Francis 
        Holy Family Parish, Ballsgrove, Drogheda


Friday 24th August


MORNING PROGRAMME

Please note: The morning programme is for children aged 4-12 only to participate in while parents/guardians take part in morning sessions or other activities. This is a fully supervised programme from 9:30am to 12:30pm. There is a maximum capacity of 750 participants in the Children’s Global Village. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


09:00    Registration 
09:30    Open and Welcome
09:45    Kisi Kids Drama – St. Paul and his Adventures - Worship and Action Songs
10:15    Workshop 1 in Tents:

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Drama & Music
  • Caring & Sharing
  • Godly Play®
  • Prayer Tent

11:00    Main Tent: Kisi Kids – God’s Singing Children
11:10    Catechesis: Hope and Happiness; the fruits of saying ‘Thank you’.

  •  Bishop Fintan Monahan, Bishop of Killaloe, Ireland

11:20    Video Testimony – Porterstown Family Mass Group
    Songs with Lisdeen Children’s Folk Group, Kilkee

11:30    Workshop 2 in Tents:

  • Arts & Crafts 
  • Drama & Music 
  • Caring & Sharing 
  • Godly Play®
  • Prayer Tent

12:15    Main Tent: Puppet Theatre with Kisi Kids
12:30    Programme Close and children are collected.
 

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 Children 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.

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

For ticket information on this or other events, please go to our Ticket and Registration section. 

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