Father’s Day will probably never achieve the popularity or social significance of Mother’s Day, but as church we can celebrate the men who are called to be the Spiritual leaders of their homes.
Use this holiday to remind fathers of their crucial roles in creating and sustaining a spiritually healthy environment for their children. Here are some things you can do for Father’s Day at church.
There are plenty of Bible passages that highlight the place of fathers in guiding their families to become developing believers.
Psalm 103:13: “The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.”
Ephesians 6:4: “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
Proverbs 1:8:”Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching.”
Proverbs 22:6: “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”
*Sing songs like “You’re a Good, Good, Father” and “How Deep the Fathers Love for Us” or hymns like “Faith of our Fathers” or “This is my Father’s world”
* Hand out to every father a free gift. Men’s ministry author Patrick Morley has made available his paperbacks, The Man In The Mirror, 10 Secrets to The Man In The Mirror or Seven Seasons of a Man’s Life at a very low price.
*Contact local retailers to donate products/services for a Dad’s Day gift basket that men can register to win. The prize could include items like movie passes, a coffee mug, grill accessories, a massage or sporting goods store gift certificates.
*Bring in a lazy-boy recliner, place a T.V. tray next to it topped with a carafe of coffee and a box of gourmet donuts. Set the recliner chair up near the rear of the Worship Center. Have the “Dad of the Day” drawing near the start of the service, so the winner gets to sit with his family in style without being the object of everyone’s attention throughout the service.
* Preach a message on a father’s importance to the spiritual development in a family. You may consider delivering a message on reconciliation because so many daughters and sons have forgiveness issues regarding their emotionally distant, perfectionist or even abusive fathers.
* In addition to encouraging dads through your message, you may also want to consider using a Father’s Day themed video as a part of your service. www.worshiphousemedia.com has hundreds of videos to choose from. Another excellent resource is a Skit Guy Video www.skitguys.com
*Teach to your people that fathers in the home are vital to the moral upbringing of children, boys, and girls alike. You’ve heard it said that husbands/fathers are to be the spiritual leaders of the home, so then encourage the men in your congregations to live up to that God ordained position.
Make your Father’s Day services one that shows honor and respect to our heavenly father as well as our earthly fathers, however imperfect we may be.