The first World Children’s Day was established by Pope Francis to celebrate all the children in the worldwide Church. The idea was suggested to Pope Francis by a 9 year-old boy called Alessandro and Pope Francis liked his idea very much and he made the idea come to life.

The Vicariate for Faith & Mission, in collaboration with YMT and the Vicariate for Education, have produced a set of resources for use in a Children’s Liturgy of the Word session over the weekend of 25 – 26 May.

Included in the downloadable document is a planned Children’s Liturgy of the Word session, Pope Francis’ letter to children ahead of World Children’s Day, and a set of resources to support the Children’s Liturgy plan.

World Children's Day Message

As we approach the first World Children’s Day, please find links to a special message from Bishop Stephen to the children of our Diocese as well as a message from the Pope for children across the world.

Bishop Stephen’s message:

Pope Francis’ Message for World Children’s Day:

Children's Liturgy of the Word Resources

Vicariate for Education: Introduction

As you may know, on 8 December 2023, Pope Francis announced that the first ‘World Day for Children’ would be held in Rome on 25 – 26 May 2024. This is so that all children can hear and live out the Gospel enabling them to meet Christ.

As a Diocese, we want as many children as possible to be part of the experience and to be able to celebrate the event leading up to this day. To support you with this, the Education Team are working with Faith and Mission and the Youth Ministry Team to develop resources, which can be used in schools and parishes, allowing children to encounter Christ in many ways.

We have created a PowerPoint to introduce the event; this introductory PowerPoint will provide some succinct information and ideas for planning. A further PowerPoint for the day itself will be sent out in the coming weeks, including a message from Bishop Stephen to all children in our Diocese.

World Children's Day Resource for Schools

Art Competition

The Diocesan Department for Education, in partnership with the Youth Ministry Team, are hosting an art competition, which we would like your children to take part in.

I am pleased to attach the template for the art competition as well as some posters which can be used to encourage children to design an entry. We would like children to create a piece of artwork which answers the question, ‘How do I see the Kingdom of God?

There will be prizes for primary and secondary aged children for their winning entries as well as the school / parish. The winning designs will each receive a £50 Amazon voucher as well as the school / parish receiving an art set with a value of over £50.

Please send all entries to Emmaus Village, Pemberton Road, Allensford, Consett, DH8 9BA or entries can be scanned and emailed to by Friday 17 May 2024, then the winners will be announced on Friday 24 May. The artwork will be displayed in the Diocesan Department for Education and the Youth Village.