Running a Who Let The Dads Out? group

A well run Who Let The Dads Out? group can:

  • Strengthen families - dads engage in parenting their children and consequently engage better with their partners in the role of parents.
  • Invigorate communities - men develop a stronger network of friends within the local community helping in the process of binding a community together.
  • Encourage Christian faith to be passed from one generation to the next - the church can engage with fathers, encourage them to explore faith issues and challenge them to teach their own values and beliefs to their children.

A typical Who Let The Dads Out? group might look like this:

  • For dads/father figures and their children (whichever age you decide to target)
  • Run once a month on a Saturday
  • Two hours duration, timed to work best for you and the families in your community
  • A relaxed welcome including tea, coffee, juice, biscuits and bacon butties (or similar)
  • Lots of age-appropriate toys, books, games and activities
  • Craft, story time or song time (could be Bible themed)
  • Good conversations

What you need to run a group:

  • A core team of about four people - a welcomer (at the door); a mixer (to circulate and chat); an activity leader (to lead a craft or other activity); a cook (to provide the refreshments). Why not invite one or two dads of young children in your congregation to get involved in the team?
  • Lots of toys and activities.
  • A leadership team who spend time listening to God, reflecting on local community needs and communicating effectively with the wider church congregation.
  • To be recognised and supported as a core ministry of the church by both the leadership and congregation.
  • Take a look at this guide on how to run a group for dads and children.
  • Find some more practical tips for running a Who Let The Dads Out? group.

There are more details on running a Who Let The Dads Out? group in the book Who Let The Dads Out? written by the founder of the movement, Mark Chester. Visit www.brfonline.org.uk to order a copy.

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