Columnist Rev Garry Roberts is curate at Holy Trinity and St Columba churches in Fareham. Here he talks about a new activity encouraging male role models.
WHO Let The Dads Out?
This was the question being asked at Holy Trinity Church in Fareham on Saturday.
The inaugural meeting of a group called Who Let The Dads Out? saw the church building opened up to men and children as they enjoyed playing with toys, building Lego and sharing food together.
The group is a new addition to the many activities already happening in the life of the churches in the parish.
We have a very popular midweek toddler group, but most of the adults who come are mums, grandmothers or female carers.
The majority of children spend far fewer hours with the male role models in their lives, and many fathers have limited opportunities to spend time with their children.
Yet it is very rare to find events specifically aimed at male role models.
That is where our latest group hopes to meet a need in our local community.
Who Let The Dads Out? is one way among many in which our church seeks to demonstrate God’s love to our communities.
We want to create a space where dads or father figures and their children can have fun together.
It was really encouraging to see dads spending quality time with their children.
They built Lego models together, read stories and simply enjoyed each other’s company in a safe and welcoming environment.
Our next meeting is Saturday, November 12, from 10am until midday.
You do not need to be an actual dad to come.
All men have a responsibility to be good role models to our young people.
So you’re welcome whether you are a father, stepfather, grandfather, uncle, godfather, or simply have young people who look up to you.
Who Let The Dads Out? is a national initiative launched by the Bible Reading Fellowship.
The new group at Holy Trinity is among 200 similar groups running across the UK and overseas.
For more information about this and many other events at Holy Trinity call 01329 232688, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
Alternatively, visithtscf.org.uk or search for Holy Trinity, Fareham on Facebook. Holy Trinity Church is in West Street, Fareham.