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Who Let The Dads Out?

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Location Tried: Any or All Locations
Estimated costs: £20 -£30 to cover consumables.
Suggested frequency: Monthly
Hosted by: Local church
Activity: Community
Author: WLTDO
Published: 23/12/2014

Description

'Who Let The Dads Out?' is a movement that aims to inspire, resource and support churches to develop projects which will give fathers/father figures and their children the opportunity to spend time together, have fun and engage with the church.


For many churches with a vision for reaching out to fathers and their children, a good starting point is the establishment of a dads and toddlers group. Many of the churches which are setting up such groups are choosing to register with 'Who Let The Dads Out?' It is free to join and member churches are benefitting from the network and the resources that 'Who Let The Dads Out?' can offer including:



  • support and advice in getting going

  • guidance on how to potentially access start-up microgrants in the UK

  • ideas for monthly dads and toddlers sessions

  • logos and other publicity material resources

  • ideas for deepening relationships and sharing faith including specific resources:

    • the 'Daddy Cool!' parenting programme

    • the 'Soul Man?' discussion group.



Rationale

We believe that to 'turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers' (Malachi 4:6, NIV) is a powerful way 'to make ready a people prepared for the Lord' (Luke 1:17). We help churches do this by inspiring, resourcing and supporting them to begin running activity sessions for fathers and children to attend together.
A dads and toddlers group is one such example. No other organisation has provided parent and toddler sessions as consistently, passionately or with the same longevity as the church. But those sessions reach relatively few fathers and there is a growing demand for male-orientated parenting groups in the context of family support strategies. Churches are also seeking new ways to reach out to the male population. Typically churches will set up a dads and children group to run monthly on a Saturday morning, and will focus on an age range that meets the local community need/demographic (e.g. 0 - 5 toddlers group, 4 - 8 early school years, or a combination). It also provides the church with a further opportunity to engage with local council services including children’s centres, health trusts and schools.

Outcome

Working with fathers and their children is a dynamic opportunity for churches to build relationships, strengthen families and invigorate communities. 'Who Let The Dads Out?' dads and children sessions enable us to engage and befriend families outside the church, and to then grow, progress and face life's challenges together. 'Who Let The Dads Out?' seeks to keep the hearts of fathers and their children turned to one another, and it provides a number of ideas and resources to 'journey' with dads and their children in the context of whole families support and ministries strategy.


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