If you’re looking for Father’s Day ideas for celebrating the dads in your church, you’ve come to the right place!
It can be notoriously challenging to find unique gifts for the fathers in our lives, but there are definitely good ideas out there for those who want to make this day extra special and honor fatherhood. We’re sharing seven of our favorites here. Let’s get started!
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7 Father’s Day Ideas For Churches
While moms are perfectly content with flowers, jewelry, or a craft from their kids, dads can be a little trickier to impress. And unfortunately, most church budgets can’t accommodate gifting every dad a quality golf club or cool tech gadget.
But remember that in all gift-giving, it truly is the thought that counts. Although Father’s Day isn’t a liturgical holiday, there are definitely biblical principles associated with fatherhood. So take this time not just to give away a trinket, but to celebrate the gift of fatherhood and everything it entails.
You can split these Father’s Day ideas into three main targets: food, fun, and honor. Let’s start with the food category.
1. Bacon Bar
A bacon buffet bar is a great option to feature something outside of the norm that Dad will love. You can get creative with different flavors of bacon, caramelized bacon, bacon twists, bacon “roses,” and more. Of course, you can also include donuts, biscuits, and other foods to round out your bacon bar.
2. Dad-Themed Foods and Drinks
Dad’s root beer is a frequent Father’s Day idea for churches for obvious reasons. Nothing could be more perfect for a dad-themed holiday! The Dad’s brand also features blue, red, and orange cream soda if you’d like some variety.
Another option for dad-themed food is giving out candy bars with customized wrappers. You could go the humorous route and print dad jokes on the back. Or, you could add a sentimental touch with a scripture honoring fathers.
You could package Swedish fish candy plus a fish hook for another dad-friendly food idea. Fishhooks are cheap, but if you don’t have many fishermen in your church, you could give away a fishhook or ichthys (aka the Jesus fish) charm, bookmark, or keychain and a card.
3. Grilling Supplies
If you’re on the hunt for the perfect Father’s Day gift, there are plenty of great grilling supplies that will make dad happy. For example, you could go for a customized grilling apron. Or, you could give out a nice set of tongs, a custom rub for chicken or beef, or a special bottle of BBQ sauce.
The other BBQ option is to fire up some grills outside your church after service and treat Dad to a special lunch of burgers, ribs, or fajitas.
4. Pre or Post-Service Games
You could set up some pre or post-service Father’s Day games for some extra fun. Fun games include a water balloon toss, dunk tank, cornhole tournament, or putting green. Other fun options are to have a contest for best beard or mustache or best photo with dad. Having cool prizes for the winners is always a nice touch!
5. Father-Child Event
If you want to host something extra memorable, there are several Father’s Day ideas for family events. One of the classics is a Daddy-Daughter dance, which you can host at your church or another venue. You also could plan a family Wiffle ball or kickball tournament. Another option is hosting a movie night with a feel-good classic sports movie and cookout.
Keep in mind that hosting these events provides an excellent opportunity to draw in people who don’t regularly attend church and invite others from your community.
6. Host a Guest Speaker
Fun and games are great, but it’s also important to honor dads and other influential men in our lives who serve as father figures. On Father’s Day weekend, you could invite a significant father figure in the church or community to be a guest speaker. You could also pull in several men of various ages to do a panel discussion.
Think outside the box about people who would be relatable and exciting to hear from. It could be a coach, teacher, businessman, or civic official. They also don’t have to do an entire sermon but could simply share a few words of wisdom at some point in the service.
7. Honor Fathers During Service
One of the best ways to honor fathers is recognizing them during the service. You can do this in a number of ways. For a start, standing recognition and praying a blessing over them is a simple but touching moment. You could also have a slideshow with pictures and stories or a special video.
A worship feature is also a great way to highlight dads creatively. Finally, letters from children are always a beautiful sentimental expression and can be shared live or via video.
You can highlight Father’s Day from different angles from year to year. Jokes, games, and funny stories can create a lighthearted, celebratory mood. But you can also focus on the more serious and emotional side of what it means to be a father.
Final Word on Father’s Day Ideas
When it comes to Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, it’s important to be sensitive to the fact that these holidays can stir up mixed and even painful emotions for some people.
Some members of your church may have had abusive or absent fathers. Others may want to have families, but infertility or other life circumstances have gotten in the way.
To avoid anyone feeling excluded, you can invite all the men can participate in whatever activities or giveaways are available. In addition, focusing on father figures, the characteristics of fatherhood, and our Heavenly Father can help make the holiday more inclusive.
Whatever route you decide to go, the most important thing is to show your appreciation for all the dads out there who are doing their best.
Happy Father’s Day!
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