Father’s Day is coming up (15th June), and we as a church have been working out how to celebrate it. Mother’s Day is a relatively big deal for us each year, as we get the kids down from their children’s work early to distribute flowers/cards/chocolates to all the mums…then to all of the ladies in the church. Easy.
But dad’s don’t really do flowers and cards. And possibly already eat too much chocolate. We also have some broken families in our church where dad is no longer around…which can be a source of upset if we celebrate fathers. And while I understand the feeling behind this, there are still plenty of fathers in the church who haven’t left (I am one of them!), and I’m keen that they be celebrated in some way along with the men of the church, on this wholly commercial day! So this year:
We’re having a “Dads Only” section of refreshments, where there will be Man Snacks (Yorkie Bars, Pork Scratchings, Chilli Doritos, Nuts) and drinks (cans of various description (no beer) and extra strength coffee) which they can take to the Dad Cafe and consume while reading the papers and car magazines. Whilst re-runs of Top Gear and humorous sporting events run in the background (pre-service of course).
It’s a simple thing…but we dads are. And possibly slightly stereotypical…but then aren’t flowers? And I am sure that despite the wrapper, I will end up sharing my Yorkie Bar with my two daughters…
And if you’re stuck for something to purchase your dad for Father’s Day, I can wholeheartedly recommend this.