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Mark Chester’s “Who Let The Dads Out?” gives you the motivation and methods to transform your church’s toddler sessions specifically for toddlers and their dads, step dads, granddads and male carers. This book tells you how Who Let The Dads Out? came into being its vision, its achievement in building relationships between fathers and children and father and church. It offers you a practical guide for setting up and running the monthly sessions, complete with theological background, real-life case studies, helpful hints and tips, and twelve easy craft ideas that dads and kids can do together.
Mark Chester says: “A Who Let The Dads Out?’ session is simple. A church takes a normal parent and toddler session, moves it to a Saturday, incorporates masculine touches, such as bacon butties and newspapers, and targets it specifically at fathers and male guardians and their children. It is a format that has worked in many churches and has had a positive impact on people's lives.”
Many churches throughout the country have set up their own groups to engage with fathers and their children. ‘Who Let The Dads Out?’ and the companion book ‘School's Out, Dad's About’give you a mix of theology, philosophy and practical guidance about how to set up and run all of the groups. Start now to make you church a place men, fathers and children will find welcoming and the first step toward a family faith.
Who Let The Dads Out by Mark Chester was published by Barnabas in April 2012 and is our 11453rd best seller. The ISBN for Who Let The Dads Out is 9781841018850.
I have been a member of an established (non-church) dads group for several years. Recently my role has changed to that of group leader, albeit with much support. With this in mind, I was asked to review this book by the TGBS Editor, a member of a local church.
I found this book to be well written, in a thoughtful style that was neither condescending nor excessively deep. The author’s ideas and experiences are conveyed clearly, with several points of discussion along the way. There are differing approaches to dealing with the various age ranges, which I found interesting.
Numerous, clearly defined measures are suggested for group organisers to follow. Some are rather obvious but many others are less so. There were many simple, practical steps suggested, particularly regarding how to make new dads feel at ease. From my own experience of various parent/toddler groups, this is easily overlooked for men. Even we can feel shy sometimes!
Although the book is written from the church’s viewpoint, it highlights issues that are common to any parent group, male or female. This includes the stigma that can be attached to joining a group that is perceived as being run by ‘do-gooders’.
This was a well informed read, as a Stay-at-home-dad and group leader myself I can safely say the author knows his stuff.
Review by Tim Gluyas, Leominster
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"A compelling vision and inspiring example alongside tested practical steps needed to make this happen." - Mark Molden, Chief Executive, Care for the Family.
"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 areas soon!" - Reviewed by Melanie Carroll.
"What, in the end, is so appealing is that this is not simply another guide to outreach among men; rather it is a call to bring enrichment to an area in which many fathers struggle - their relationship with their young children." - Canon John Kiddle is Director of Mission in the diocese of St Albans.
• What is Who Let The Dads Out?
It is a parent and toddler session specifically for dads, male guardians and their children. It is based on the traditional parent and toddler format, but usually takes place on a Saturday morning and includes a few masculine touches, such as bacon butties and newspapers.
• Why Should We Set One Up?
Who Let The Dads Out? is a great way to get the men of your community through the doors of your church building and gives you the opportunity to begin to build relationships with them and their children.
• How Do We Set Up A Group?
It is very simple. It might be worth trying a one-off session to begin with - just to get things off the ground. Take the format of whatever you do for parents and toddlers during your weekday sessions and move it to a Saturday morning. Advertise it for fathers, male guardians and their children, and tell the people who come along to your weekday group about the Saturday morning session. Finally, get the grill going to fuel a steady supply of bacon butties! If you don't have a weekday parent and toddler group, see 'What help can we get?' below.
Mark Chester is the founder and chairman of the Who Let The Dads Out? national initiative, which began in 2003. He works full time for Liverpool Football Club as their community family officer, where he has established and developed Tactics 4 Families, a schools programme using the language and principles of football to encourage the skills needed in positive family relationships
|Author / Artist||Mark Chester|
|Publisher||Barnabas (April 2012)|
|Number of Pages||128|
|Page last updated||3rd February 2018|