We rang the changes for this year’s 2017 Father’s Day service.
Shorter but action packed would be a good description and it was great to have a number of visitor’s present. Pastor Bernard led the service, setting the tone by recognising that families today no longer fit the traditional mould so how can we be a good parent and in particular a dad that builds lasting values into those who look to him.
Three dads spoke very effectively for just 5 minutes each. One told us about being a dad and grandad over the long haul especially when separated by distance. Our second spoke on being a dad in two or “blended” families and the last contributor spoke on being a dad in a busy and changing family. All three guys spoke with great openness and honesty of the challenges they faced.
We carried on one HC3 tradition by making sure each dad got a bar of chocolate and a pair of ‘outrageous’ socks.
We mixed and matched with a couple of songs and then three games. Bernard selected two sets of “volunteers /victims”. It was a dad and son, versus a dad and daughter. “How Well Do You Know Dad?”, “Guess the Object” and “Head Basketball” all gave us a good laugh with plenty of encouragement from the audience. We declared the contest an honourable draw and both teams received a treasured trophy.
The Media clip was “Good Good Father” by Chris Tomlinson and Bernard rounded of the service with a challenging word titled “A Good Father Who?” with some down to earth practical life applications.
We carried on one HC3 tradition by making sure each dad got a bar of chocolate and a pair of ‘outrageous’ socks. One dad who did not attend the service even sent a message via his wife that he would still like his “Chocs and Socks” we surely have set a precedent, sixty minutes flew by and we have received a number of great comments on how the service was light-hearted but powerfully relevant, now we must live in the principles of what we have learned.
May God help all us dads to be “good fathers” like our Heavenly Father.