How will you celebrate Father’s Day (Sunday, June 18) in your ministry? If you need a few fresh ideas, take a look at this list. And remember, along with your obvious thankfulness, always let your celebrations encourage the men in Jesus’ forgiveness and in their relationship with the Savior.
- Encourage dads to understand the importance of faith leadership in the family this Father’s Day. Here’s how: Ask dads of all ages to write down memories of ways their own fathers promoted faith in their families. Compile these memories to create a bulleted list of encouragements and print the list in your worship bulletin for Father’s Day.
- You’ve probably heard of M.O.P.S. (Mothers of Preschoolers). What about starting a “POPS” group—a ministry that lends support to fathers in your congregation? This is as easy as scheduling one Saturday morning a month for guys to gather around God’s Word. Young dads can learn from more experienced fathers as they share the challenges and joys of fatherhood.
- Consider starting a single-parent support group for church members and for your community. Single parents are often overlooked during the Mother’s Day and Father’s Day celebrations, and this time of year can be especially difficult for people grieving the loss of a spouse due to death or divorce. If beginning a support group isn’t feasible for your ministry, perhaps single-parent members would be interested in a weekly, short-term Bible study that could offer encouragement and support to their unique challenges and needs.
- June might be the perfect time to invite interested fathers of all ages to a short series of Bible classes with the theme “Fathering.” Help men see their special roles in light of our heavenly Father’s love. An intergenerational group of men can undoubtedly share valuable life lessons with one another.
- Support all the busy men in your congregation in their desire for daily time with Christ in meditation and prayer. Remember that coaches, grandpas, Scout leaders, and many men who are not dads do, nevertheless, serve as father figures. Distribute one of CTA’s devotion books to all men this Father’s Day. The short, but powerful, devotions in these books will easily tuck inside a briefcase or lunch box—providing readers with weeks of daily devotional time.
- Recruit your youth or men’s Bible study groups to lend an ear or a hand to new dads this month. Offer to babysit (for free) so that the new dad and mom can have a quiet dinner out. Volunteer to cut the grass, change the oil in the car, or complete other home maintenance jobs for or with the new dad. Use these opportunities to listen to the new fathers and encourage them in their God-given task of raising a family that lives for Jesus.
- Encourage young children in your Sunday school or preschool classes to come up with “key” points to being a good father. Print these ideas on strips of heavy paper. Hole punch each strip and hook them to CTA’s Man of God: Renewed for Life Key Chains. Present the key chain to dads at your Father’s Day event.
- During your Sunday school time in June and July, offer simple training courses geared toward young dads and other young men. Invite experienced carpenters, counselors, mechanics, and others to share their talents by teaching the men some basic skills for keeping the house, car, marriage, and more in great condition. At the end of each session, provide the men with a practical gift. Look for value-priced items like CTA’s Blueprints for Life Waterproof Notepad and Pen or Multi-Purpose Tape Measure.
- Here’s a last-minute idea for honoring Christian fathers, mentors, and role models this Father’s Day. At the close of Sunday services, invite all the men outside for a photo opportunity. Ask them to stand so that the cumulative result is the shape of a cross. Stand on a ladder to capture the picture. Then email the image to all the men and post it on your social media pages. Suggest the men use the photo as a computer screen saver or print it and hang it in place where they will see it often. Let the photo serve as a reminder of what Jesus did for us on the cross and as an encouragement to live each day for Christ.
- As you plan Father’s Day celebrations, keep in mind the men and families who are experiencing tough circumstances. Some individuals may have grown up with abusive fathers. Some men in your congregation may not be fathers. Other worshippers may be grieving the death of their dads. So, instead of focusing on earthly dads, celebrate what everyone has in common—a heavenly Father who always loves and cares for them! To reminder worshippers of their eternal Father, hand out CTA’s pocket coins as they leave on Father’s Day.
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