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In ‘School’s Out, Dad’s About’, founder of ‘Who Let The Dads Out?’, Mark Chester gives you all the information, tips and practical plans you need to build a dad-children ministry for dads and other male carers with school-age children. When children get too old for ‘Who Let the Dads Out?’, a SODA club will give your church a way to welcome and nurture dads and their Reception to Year 2 children, with opportunities to have fun together and mix with other families.
Mark’s plan is comprehensiveguide that starts with fun and moves toward faith with these outline plans:
• School's Out, Dad's About! – Shows you how to make a father-friendly club for dads and young school age children with the opportunity to have fun together and mix with other families.
• Daddy Cool! - A five-session parenting programme for those attending Who Let the Dads Out? and SODA clubs. It's about food, activity, competition and facing up to the challenges of being a dad.
• Soul Man? - A discussion group that offers dads the chance to think about their beliefs and values. There is a place for those who don't believe in God at all, those who are not sure and those who do believe in God but are still working out what that means for them.
Schools Out Dads About by Mark Chester was published by Barnabas in April 2012 and is our 24475th best seller. The ISBN for Schools Out Dads About is 9781841018867.
So ok I'm not a dad, I'm not a mum either come to that, but I do know many fathers who adore their children and really want to spend more time with them, but don't always get the chance to do so.
This book offers a great way that dads and their children can get together, along with other fathers and their children in a great environment the likes of which are normally associated with mums and their children.
This is a follow on book to Who let the Dad's Out and offers a new after school club initiative School's Out Dad's About. It also offers a five session parenting programme for Fathers with solid session outlines dealing with essential issues involved in parenting and growing as a parent: issues such as 'leaving a legacy', 'making memories' & 'inspiring respect'. What's great about these sessions is that they are not preachy, religious or touchy feely but are instead down to earth, cleanly presented and really accessible.
The next sessions after the 'Daddy Cool' parenting classes are the 'Soul Man' Sessions, six sessions that are more aimed at moving into a consideration of the spiritual - but again clear clean sessions, simple (but profound) topics covered in an excellent way – now ok they are aimed at fathers, but really these sessions are just so excellent that they would work brilliantly with any group – and that older teen group? Oh I can so see these working well there too!
This is an excellent resource and one that churches should pick up and consider using to set up a group for the fathers in their church and area's soon!
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Posted: Wednesday, April 4th
"This is a follow on book to Who let the Dad's Out? and offers a new after school club initiative Schools Out Dad's About. It also offers a five session parenting programme for fathers with solid session outlines dealing with essential issues involved in parenting and growing as a parent: issues such as 'leaving a legacy', 'making memories' & 'inspiring respect'. What's great about these sessions is that they are not preachy, religious or touchy feely but are instead down to earth, cleanly presented and really accessible." - Melanie Carroll.
"An increasing number of churches seek ways to restore connections with men. Typically, these initiatives involve sport, food, discussion, and beer. How refreshing, therefore, to discover Mark Chester's two books." - Canon John Kiddle is Director of Mission in the diocese of St Albans.
• What About Children Who Do Not Have A Father? - "Make clear that your sessions are for fathers and male guardians/carers and encourage granddads, uncles and godfathers to get involved with their children."
• Should We Include Any Christian Content In Our Sessions? - "Who Let The Dads Out? was intended as a way of beginning to make relationships with the men in our communities. Daddy Cool! and Soul Man? (see below) provide a route from Who Let The Dads Out? to exploring faith. But there is nothing stopping you including some Christian content in your sessions. If you want to do that, why not give it a go?"
• How Important Is The Bacon Butty? - "There is some truth in the old saying: the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. Need we say more?! It is advisable to make alternative arrangements for those who cannot eat bacon, such as vegetarians or Muslims."
|Author / Artist||Mark Chester|
|Publisher||Barnabas (April 2012)|
|Number of Pages||112|
|Page last updated||13th April 2014|