Suggestions from around the Church
In this section, we will be adding suggestions and ideas for
Fathers' Day events and services from around the Church as we
receive them - so do keep checking back to see what has been
If you have an event or idea that you think would inspire other
churches to celebrate Fathers' Day, email email@example.com.
Ideas for Fathers' Day events before or after your
• Feed the fathers! Food is always a hit, and
gives plenty of time for newcomers to get to know your
congregation. Many churches put on buffets or barbecues
(particularly popular on a warm summer's day). How about a barbecue
where the men don't cook?
• Football fever Churches have successfully
held rounders matches, and five-a-side football matches involving
dads and their children.
•Support network One church has organised
support sessions for fathers in their parish - a safe place where
they can discuss issues that are relevant to them. These take place
in the days leading up to Fathers' Day, with a special service for
all those that have taken part on the Sunday itself.
Ideas for your Fathers' Day
•Give a gift On Mothering Sunday churches
traditionally give out posies of flowers to all the women in
church. So why not give all the men in the church a gift? One
church gave out Mars bars- what can you think of?
• Bring a memory Why not make your worship
interactive? One church is inviting people to bring something that
reminds them of their father, which will be placed in a large
cut-out of a father as an act of thanksgiving.
•Shake up the seating If you want to make your
service more informal or more formal, how about arranging the
seating differently? This might help visitors feel more at ease if
they don't usually attend church.
•Fathers up front! One church makes a point of
involving as many fathers as possible in the service, doing
readings, leading the intercessions, etc. You might also want to
involve the children; one of the prayers on our website is suitable
for children to read out in a family service.
•Light a candle Some churches invite all those
at the service to light a candle in memory of fathers who've passed
•Invite back the baptised Invite the fathers of
all children baptised in the last year or couple of years, along
with the rest of the family, for a special service.
Ideas for promoting your
• Invitation from the kids Encourage the
children in your congregation to invite their Dads to church on
Fathers' Day. Your Sunday School classes might want to make special
invitations in the weeks leading up to Fathers' Day.
•Involve local schools If you are visiting your
local primary schools in the weeks leading up to Fathers' Day, make
sure you let them know about your service/event.
•Tell the papers Some churches have put posters
up around the parish, and placed adverts in their local paper. It's
also worth letting the newsdesk of your local paper know about your
event in case they want to publicise it, or they may want to send a
reporter. Even though the story will be published after the event
it will highlight what's going on at your church.