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.