Who Let The Dads Out? News Archive

Apparently yes!  One of the delegates on July 2017's Ministry to Fathers Training Day in Southampton described ‘the opportunity to hear Mark and Tony’s knowledge’ as a particular highlight. But let me put a hold on dealing with my sin of pride for a moment to tell you why our Ministry to Father’...

Apologies for banging on about the same old topic, but I’m still thinking about Father’s Day of course. So seriously, how was it for you? Did Sunday 18 June pass by unnoticed? Did your kids make a fuss of you and bring you breakfast in bed? Was it a moment to catch up with, or give thanks for...

Really powerful programme giving ideas and energy to drive and equip me. The opportunity to hear what others are doing is invaluable.

Even better than expected. Excellent balance of practical, biblical, laying foundations, discussion & presentation.

These are just 2 quotes from...


So—what do Alfie Boe, a sausage roll and a game of football have in common? They all feature in one of Mark's more embarrassing moments, when he mistook Alfie for a karaoke turn, as they discussed the virtues of said sausage roll in a lunch queue in Liverpool....


Saturday 2 July began, as it often does, wet! The prospect of climbing the...

Table football, Bop-it, a golf putter, golf balls and target:  These were the essentials for the first Ministry to Fathers teaching weekend in May.  OK, so we needed a great venue, some worthy teaching input and an audience of enthusiastic students too.

The great venue was Cliff College,...

How could we resist the lure of spending a few days in the company of a couple of hundred people from all over the globe ... and not just any old people; these are Messy Church people. Slice open a Messy Church person - I am not suggesting you do that, by the way - and you will find that they...

... he had five men and a dog;

he marched them up to the top of the hill,

and he marched them down again.

The grand old duke is our very own Tony Sharp. The hill was Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland. The five men were Calum, Alan, Colin, Jim and me - Mark Chester. And the...

Climb a mountain, they said. It will be fun, they said. So here I am, four days later, sitting with aching calves, not having realised that it would take this long to recover! On a Saturday in May, I joined 25 other happy hikers on a climb up Scafell Pike as part of Mountain Dad x 4. I work for...

Well OK, so it was just a couple of flakes blowing in the wind as we descended by the Rhyd Ddu path, but it was too good a headline not to use. In fact, the weather for the first of our #MDx4 walks was pretty stunning. There was always going to be a risk around this first event as it took place...

We are searching for a church to pioneer a Kick Academy for fathers and their children...

Kick London and BRF's Who Let The Dads Out? are joining forces to identify and support a church that would like to use the powerful medium of football as the basis for outreach to fathers,...

On Saturday 5th March, Scottish rep, Calum Graham (who leads a Who Let The Dads Out? group called Dads, Lads & Lassies at Bishopbriggs Community Church), ably supported by Stuart Taylor (who also leads a group (Boys, Bairns & Blether) at Strathaven Evangelical Church),...


... And so do lots of others judging by the great turnout at our Where are the men? meeting which took place at Antioch Church in Colwyn Bay, North Wales on 3 November.

Thirty people showed up to explore how the church can find men and...

We are so encouraged to see Who Let The Dads Out? put down firm roots in Scotland through 2015.  

We give God praise and thanks for the following:

•We now have 8 well-established groups stretching from Dumfries to Aberdeen, via Glasgow and Inverness

•Calum Graham, our...


We are delighted to report that Who Let The Dads Out? received the silver award in the Best Replicable Project category at the Christian Funders Forum!

We are delighted to report that Who Let The Dads Out? received the silver award in the Best Replicable...

What a thrill to represent Who Let The Dads Out? plus Messy Church plus Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF) at a Northern conference and to be assisted by Helen Ellis (Messy Regional Coordinator Cheshire) and Matt Kayes (Who Let The Dad's Out? Rep Manchester)!

We displayed our bookstall,...


It's a rare treat for Tony and Mark to get to go to a conference without having to deliver a speech, presentation or workshop, but that is exactly what they were able to do at the 'We Are Family' conference on 11th September in Liverpool.

The conference was...

We all know that the church is instrumental in delivering social action for the benefit of communities, and our good friends at the Cinnamon Network have been busy initiating and delivering over 50 faith action audits across the UK with the support of local churches and faith groups. The...

Tony's summer seems to have involved a number of fields:

First there was the get-together on the meadows by the River Dee in Chester and a chance for dads from our local Who Let The Dads Out? group to get together with their children on a summer's evening, for a picnic, a spot of...

Sunday 19 July 2015 saw nearly 1400 people come together at the Rochester Diocesan Big Day Out which was held in the stunning grounds of Leybourne Castle in Kent. Along with fun for all the family, keynote speakers included the Dean of Jerusalem and Dr Rachel Jordan, Mission and Evangelism...

Last month, Mark and Tony made a first (but definitely not the last) Who Let The Dads Out? visit to Belfast.
 
This trip had three main purposes:

To meet with the leaders of the two existing groups in Northern Ireland and hear news from the 'coalface'.
To begin to establish some...

Our Mark has contributed to a book called Founding Fathers which has been recently published to coincide with Father's Day by our good friends Christian Vision for Men (CVM).

Founding Fathers by Nathan Blackaby celebrates the importance of the role of fathering at all stages of the...

Check out this great new resource - Extreme Crafts for Messy Churches: 50 activity ideas for the adventurous by Peter Maidment and Barry Brand.

Although this book is a Messy Church resource, we wholeheartedly recommend it for all Who Let The Dads Out? groups.

Find out more and what...

The approximate number of days that a child in the UK has between birth and starting 'nursery' is just 1277. And it was from a desire to make each of those days count that the group 1277 was formed in 2009. It is an ecumenical group that is passionate about resourcing and supporting church-based...

Mark Chester was one of 400 delegates at the Cinnamon Faith Action Audit results launch event at the Emmanuel Centre, Westminster, on 20 May 2015.

This comprehensive survey, which was carried out across the UK, aimed to measure the impact of local faith groups on their communities. The...

We are delighted to report that Who Let The Dads Out? has a newly established advisory group. Made up of various wise heads, this group will provide additional guidance to our strategic planning. The group met for the first time on 28 April 2015 in Birmingham and is scheduled to gather...

There is a special place in our Who Let The Dads Out? heart for Wales and therefore we were delighted to spend two days in South Wales on Monday 23 - Tuesday 24 March 2015.

We started by meeting up with Paul Griffiths and Laurence Brackpool of the Ugly Duckling Company at their...

Graeme Warwood writes:

We had a great Who Let The Dads Out? seminar at St Stephen's Church in Tonbridge on Friday 6 Feb 2015 when we were joined by both Mark Chester and Tony Sharp. It was great to have Andy Bacon, our Surrey Who Let The Dads Out? regional representative, with us too, as...

So said Mark Chester as main speaker at the Children's and Family Ministry Hand in Hand Conference on Saturday 7 February 2015. And I don't think it was a confession of a dysfunctional Chester household, but rather a reflection and challenge for us all.

The son of many fathers? Mark...

We are hugely appreciative of everyone who gives time and energy to plan, lead and help out at Who Let The Dads Out? groups in the UK and overseas. We are especially grateful to our growing team of volunteer regional reps, many of whom not only run a group but also find the extra time needed to...

This 32-page booklet provides inspiration and ideas for Christmas activities that dads can do with their young children through the festive period. It also challenges them to consider the relevance of Christ's birth.

Normally £1.00 per copy, you can now buy 10 copies for £5 (20...

One week before the Scottish Referendum, Mark and Tony spent three days in Scotland meeting with church leaders, volunteers and statutory authority representatives, to share details of the Who Let The Dads Out? vision and the group model for dads and toddlers.

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Phil Nicholls, regional rep for Nottinghamshire, joined Tony and Mark at the Care for the Family's Playtime conference that took place at the Riverside Centre in Derby on Saturday 27 September 2014. With well over 400 delegates, the conference was sold out and the Riverside Centre packed out....

As at August 2014, there are 150 churches registered on the web directory running a Who Let The Dads Out? group, an increase of 50 groups since summer 2013. Outreach to fathers and their children is a new area of work for most churches and many take time to warm to the idea. Changing church...

The venue was Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire on 25 July 2014 - a little piece of heaven, for golfers at least. While the sunshine was busy burning away the morning haze, a small group of men gathered with us (Tony and Mark) in the clubhouse to prepare for an afternoon of play, but one...

Tony Sharp, alongside Jane Leadbetter (representing Messy Church) and Chris Hudson (representing Barnabas in Schools) of BRF, spoke about Who Let The Dads Out? at the NEOS Conference at the Bethany Centre in Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear, on 14 June 2014. This conference was jointly...

Mark shared his story of how he was called into his work to support fatherhood at a Diocese of Liverpool LifeCall event on 17 June 2014. It was an opportunity for people to explore what they are called to do in the area of children's and family ministry. He spoke about his father figures and the...

'God knows a kite needs a string,' said Mark as he spoke to a gathering of Salvation Army members at their Invest Training Day in Reading on 14 June 2014. No, Mark has not developed a new interest in kite-making technology! He was talking about a child being a kite and that one of the...

We are always on the lookout for open-hearted, enthusiastic people, and Tony and Mark were not disappointed when they were warmly welcomed to the annual Creating Sparks conference in the Diocese of Guildford on 17 May 2014. They led a workshop and were greatly encouraged to hear from a few...

Someone said that 'golf is a lot of walking broken up by disappointment!' Over the last weekend in April, Tony Sharp and Mark Chester certainly proved part of this statement correct by playing 117 holes of golf in three days to raise funds for Who Let The Dads Out? That equates to about...

Twenty people representing nine Who Let The Dads Out? groups gathered together at Heaton Mersey Methodist Church on 24 March 2014 to inspire and encourage one another in the challenging area of deepening friendships and sharing faith. Steve Innes and his team warmly hosted the meeting and Jane...

Snow was in the air when Tony and Mark arrived early in the morning on Saturday 22 March 2014 at the Blackburn Children’s Ministry Conference organised by the Diocese of Blackburn. They had not even had time for a breakfast bacon butty before setting off! A warm welcome awaited – and copious...

Take 180 men (and one very brave woman), stick them in a church in Stafford and add a klaxon, Nerf guns and copious amounts of coffee and what have you got? Quickfire, Christian Vision for Men's (CVM) training day for men's ministry. Tony Sharp was privileged to speak about Who Let The Dads Out...

One of the challenges we face in running our Who Let The Dads Out? groups is how to deepen friendships and share our faith, and so we are making a concentrated effort to meet group leaders to explore this together. We are also explaining more about the Daddy Cool! parenting programme and Soul...

The Who Let The Dads Out? group at St Andrew's, Plymouth has benefited from the skills and interests of one of its group members to engage with their local community and raise funds for a Christmas trip for the dads and children.

Group member Peter Davey came up with the idea of...

The conference season is officially over!  On the 12 October 2013, we had our second Who Let The Dads Out? conference of the year at Hoole Baptist Church in Chester, back where it all started ten years ago. Our first Who Let The Dads Out? 2013 conference was back in June at St Wilf’s, Cowplain,...

A workshop in Bristol on the evening of Thursday 26 September 2013 at St Michael's Church brought together 35 leaders and practitioners representing around 17 churches, Bristol City Council and several national organisations including the National Parenting Initiative (NPI), Care for the Family...

We've been hugely encouraged by the level of funding that we've been able to secure in 2013 to support the Who Let The Dads Out? ministry. We've been successful with some of our trust applications, received donations from warm-hearted business people, and been contacted by Who Let The Dads Out?...

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