Father's Day in New Zealand is on the first Sunday in September. It can often be a tricky day to navigate: some of us haven't known our fathers; some were not good dads; some of us would love to have the experience of being a father, but life doesn't always go the way we'd planned. Getting the balance right to honour fathers in church as well as all the men in our church, whether they have children or not, is really important. As a church we always want to include, not exclude.
Good Good Father - a song by Chris Tomlin which reminds us of the loving character of God.
Slow Down, a lyric video to the Nichole Nordeman song, which tells reflects on just how quickly kids grow up!
A video from Home for Good - a UK charity that has a vision to find a foster or adoptive home for all children who do not have their own family. This video highlights the importance of men in the lives of our children, particularly those who voluntarily step into a fatherly role.
"A really good Father’s Day could be a day where we remember we all have different ways of viewing this day. All of us. We celebrate each other and our humanity when we recognise that. That doesn’t take away from the wonderful dads, they stay wonderful, we keep celebrating them – it just makes sure nobody is left behind."
Excerpt from an article on Emily Writes about the spectrum of Father's Day experiences
Handkerchief Man's Shirt
This is a simple origami craft that turns a man's hankie into a wee man's shirt. It looks great! Here's how to fold a handkerchief shirt. You'll need to press all your creases, so get out your iron. I find it helpful to iron with each fold to keep creases sharp.
‘You’re Out of This World’ Father’s Day Gift
This is an easy craft for primary school aged kids. Create a fun alien creature holding a sign reading “You’re out of this world!”
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Father's Day Trophy
A Father’s Day Trophy for the ‘Best Dad’
This is a medium level craft for primary school aged kids.
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