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Mayor Jeffery Schielke issues proclamation

City of Batavia Proclaims Children’s Day, Sunday, June 9

BATAVIA, Ill., June 8, 2019 — Mayor Jeffery Schielke of the City of Batavia (Illinois) again proclaimed Children’s Day, June 2019, in the city.

The Mayor Jeff is a long-time friend of Children’s Day advocate John Ross. He has issued this proclamation for many years.

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Children’s Day is the second Sunday in June. This year it’s June 9, 2019.

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 Junebe 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.

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, Reformed Church in America, and the Church of the Nazarene.

The Children’s Day website,, 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 also can make a commitment beyond America to the world’s children.

Since 2007, the governor of the state of Illinois has proclaimed the second Sunday in June to be “Children’s Day.” The cities of Aurora, Ill.; Batavia, Ill.; Yorkville, Ill.; Olean, N.Y.; and other such cities in our country have issued past proclamations too.

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2019 City of Batavia (Illinois) proclamation of Children’s Day

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John Ross on Saturday, April 23, 2016 launched XPian News, a part of  Daybreak Communications, Inc. Ross is the facilitator of Aurora Christian Ministry Network (ACMN) and a member of the Fox Valley Christian Ministerial Alliance (FVCMA). He serves on the boards of Wayside Cross Ministries and the Kiwanis Club of Aurora. As a follower of Jesus, he has been for some 40 years a member of First Presbyterian Church - Aurora. He has an M.A. - Christian Leadership from Wheaton College Graduate School and undergraduate at Trinity International University.

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