Pssst. Father’s Day is just around the corner, on Sunday, June 19th. Here’s a heads up so you don’t procrastinate and spend a couple days beforehand trying to figure out something great to do for dad (or your kids’ dad if they’re little). We’ve come up with some fun ideas to celebrate Father’s Day.
For some reason, dads seem to get the short end of the stick when it comes to celebrating them. But what an honor it is to be a father. Dads have the opportunity of representing our Heavenly Father to their children. That is a steep undertaking, but when they’re submitted to God the Father, what a blessing they are to the next generation. There are many ways to honor dads, whether you’re celebrating individually or as a church.
Father’s Day Can Be Complex
However, Father’s Day can be a layered holiday to celebrate.
While there are so many amazing dads in your congregation, there are also people who are:
- Struggling with the desire to become a father.
- Stepping in to fill the role of father in the lives of other people’s children.
- Dealing with the loss of a father in their lives either through death, absence, or a strained relationship.
So be sure to acknowledge these men and provide an opportunity for ministry to take place. Offer prayer and encouragement, no matter what season these guys find themselves in.
Check out this interview about what it means to be a godly father.
Ideas to Honor Dad this Father’s Day
Because we love our dads, and those father figures in our lives, here are some fun activities to do with dad to bless, honor, and encourage him this Father’s Day.
Play Backyard Games
Dads love some competition. What better way to satisfy his competitive side and get some QT in than by playing some fun games together? Get out the ol’ croquet set, play some corn hole, or enjoy a friendly game of touch football or catch.
Have a Family Game Night
Enjoy playing board games or cards together to celebrate dad. This is another fun way to bring on the competition. Get out some snacks and let the games begin.
Make Him Breakfast
One Father’s Day idea is to wake up early (at least earlier than dad) and make a delicious Father’s Day breakfast. Don’t forget the bacon! Or take him out for brunch after church. He’ll enjoy the food and the company.
Host a Backyard Picnic
This would be fun to do at home or even as a church. Pack up a basket with all of dad’s favorite foods and snacks, lay out a blanket (or some lawn chairs), and enjoy his company while grubbing together. One of the great things about Father’s Day being in June is the weather is usually permissible, but if not, just bring the picnic inside.
Go on a Hike or Bike Ride
Many fathers really enjoy the great outdoors. Why not get out and explore together. Find a nice trail, grab the bikes (or hiking boots), and breathe in the fresh air. Explore new territory together or find a familiar path. Either way, dad is sure to enjoy his time.
Have a Father’s Day Cookout
Again, this is a great one for at home or after church with the congregation. Fire up the grill and throw some meat on. There’s nothing like the smell of barbecue and getting to enjoy it with friends and family.
Take Him Fishing or Camping
Another fun idea to spend some quality time with dad is to grab the fishing poles and head to the lake. And you can even pack up the tent and make a weekend out of it. He’ll enjoy getting away for a bit while doing something he loves with the ones he loves.
Join Him for the Father’s Day Church Service
Churches usually have a fun service planned for all the dads on Father’s Day. Whether it’s a funny video, some free donuts, or a little gift, celebrate dad at church, too.
Encourage Him with Scripture
Dads take on a lot throughout the years. What better way to encourage them than with the Word of God? Include one or some of these Bible verses below in your Father’s Day card or share it in a message or in person.
Proverbs 20:7 – The lovers of God will walk in integrity, and their children are fortunate to have godly parents as their examples. – Proverbs 20:7 (The Passion Translation)
Proverbs 3:11-12 – My child, when the Lord God speaks to you, never take his words lightly, and never be upset when he corrects you. For the Father’s discipline comes only from his passionate love and pleasure for you. Even when it seems like his correction is harsh, it’s still better than any father on earth gives to his child. – Proverbs 3:11-12 (The Passion Translation)
Psalm 103:13 – The same way a loving father feels toward his children—that’s but a sample of your tender feelings toward us, your beloved children, who live in awe of you. – Psalm 103:13 (The Passion Translation)
Deuteronomy 31:6 – “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble in dread before them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not fail you or abandon you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6 (Amplified Bible)
Matthew 11:28-29 – “Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis. Simply join your life with mine. Learn my ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle, humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in me.” – Matthew 11:28-29 (The Passion Translation)
For more Bible verses related to honoring or encouraging dads, check these out.
Aside from giving gifts for Father’s Day, these activities will encourage quality time while honoring dad at the same time. Let him know you love and appreciate him.
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