Sponsor a lock-in they'll always remember. Schedule it on a
Friday night so dads or special father figures can arrive after
work with their children.
Connect children without fathers with men in your church. Plan a
dinner or pizza party. After dinner, host the Father Finals with
each family as a team. Schedule events that anyone could
participate in and win, such as best caricature or drawing of a
father, banana-eating contest, 3-, 4-, or 5-legged races, toilet
paper race, hoop shoot, and water balloon or egg toss.
Throughout the evening, observe families and create an award for
each family, such as The Team That Laughs the Most or
Most Likely to Keep Trying. Give each family an award in a
mock "Oscars" ceremony.
Finish the evening with an inspirational movie such as Where
the Red Fern Grows or Old Yeller. (Get permission to
show the movie to a group.) And in the morning, finish with a
scrumptious breakfast-fixed by the fathers of course!
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