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Suitable for: Any or All Locations
Estimated costs: £200
Suggested frequency: Annually
Hosted by: Local church.
Activity: Film
Author: uglyducklingcompany
Published: 15/06/2015

Description

This idea will take some preparation, so you may want to start preparing it for Father's Day next year.

Set up a shed in a prominent location in your town or city centre. Include a small video camera, a comfortable chair and a series of questions about fathers and fatherhood. Provide a couple of volunteers to welcome people on the street to take part in a community shed video and to operate the camera.  Ask participants to sign a form agreeing that you can use their video for the project.

Create a community film from the answers, to show at your local church on Father’s Day.  Invite everyone who takes part, to attend the screening and bring their families.

Here are some suggested Questions that you could use:


  • Tell us a fond memory of your father.

  • One thing you learnt from your Dad.

  • If your Dad was a car what car would he be?

  • The one piece of advice your Dad has given you, that has impacted on your life.

  • In what way are you like your Dad?

  • What one thing would you like to tell your Dad?

  • Describe someone who has been like a father to you?

  • Which TV Dad is your Dad most like, and why?


If you are a Dad…


  • Describe becoming a Dad for the first time.

  • What have learnt from your Dad, that you have used in your parenting.


After filming, give each person an invite card to the community film’s screening, include a nice picture, and explain the purpose of the event. Edit the film to make it an interesting short film, add some quiet music to the background. At the screening offer food, and do a short talk (no more than 8 mins) about the need for good fathers, that we all have a heavenly father, and how Jesus his son would describe him.

Rationale

‘Who Let The Dads Out?’ highlights the importance of ‘turning the hearts of the fathers to their children’ as a powerful tool in mission. Empowering the sharing of fatherhood stories, whilst explaining the fatherly relationship available to all of us, enables the community to both celebrate fatherhood and connect with the bigger message of God’s fatherly love for each of them.

Some people may find this activity challenging, particularly if they have had a difficult, or non-existent relationship with their fathers. These stories are also valid, the video provides an opportunity to reflect on the significant impact fathers have, good or bad.

Outcome

Fatherhood is celebrated, the community’s story is told, and the importance of God as our father is explained.

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Insurance
Access To Toilets
Stewards
Public Licence
Disabled access
Safeguarding
Health and Saftey
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