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12 Father’s Day Ideas for Church Outreach Events

Written by Paul Steinbrueck

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Father’s Day is a special day celebrated worldwide to honor the fathers and father figures in our lives.

While Mother’s Day is one of the most highly attended church services of the year, unfortunately, Father’s day is one of the lowest.

It takes extra creativity to organize events that resonate with dads, so let’s put on our manly-man thinking caps for…

12 Church Outreach Ideas for Father’s Day

1. Father’s Day Tribute Service. Dedicate a Sunday service to honor and appreciate fathers, including special prayers, songs, and testimonies.

2. Father’s Day Breakfast. Organize a special breakfast for fathers and their families, where they can enjoy a meal together and have some quality time.

3. Father’s Day BBQ. Host a BBQ event either the Saturday before or lunch after the Sunday service where fathers can relax, enjoy good food, and connect with other dads in the community.

4. Father’s Day Picnic. Organize a picnic in a local park where families can bring their own food and enjoy outdoor activities. Include sports like corn hole, softball, kickball or volleyball.

5. Father-Child Craft Workshop. Arrange a craft workshop where fathers and their children can create something together, such as woodworking or blacksmithing.

6. Outdoor Movie Night: Set up an outdoor movie screening area and show a family-friendly film that celebrates fatherhood.

7. Father’s Day Car Show. Invite car enthusiasts to display their vehicles at the church parking lot, and fathers can bond over their shared interest in automobiles. Plan the car show for Sunday morning & afternoon so dads can check out the cars before and after the service.

8. Father’s Day Fishing Tournament. Organize a fishing tournament the day before Father’s Day. Give away prizes for the biggest fish of different types or categories. Finish the day with a dinner (fish fry?). Invite all the men to come back the next for the church gathering.

9. Support Fathers in Need. Are there fathers in your church or community that because of age or disability could use a hand with chores around the house? Are there fathers living alone – perhaps in an assisted living facility – who you could spend time with?

10. Father’s Day Panel Discussion. Arrange a panel discussion or workshop where fathers can submit questions and experienced fathers can share their wisdom and advice on fatherhood.

11. Give Away Manly Prizes. During your Sunday services, give away manly prizes like a gift card to a BBQ restaurant, a gift card to a hardware store, fishing gear, or go big and raffle off a sports car! Prizes could be for newest dad, oldest dad, dad with the most kids, or totally random.

12. Launch New Groups for Dads. Father’s Day is a great opportunity to announce new ministries for fathers like an outdoor adventure ministry, a mens bible study, or a class for parents of teens.

No matter which church outreach events for Father’s Day your church chooses, you’ll also want to promote those events online. Rather than share the same strategies at the bottom of every church outreach ideas article we write for every season and holiday, we’ll just point you to…

7 Ways to Promote Your Church Outreach Event Online

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Listen to your father, who gave you life. -Proverbs 23:22a

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    Paul Steinbrueck

    Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck.

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