Who Let The Dads Out? Inspiring Ideas for Churches to Engage with Dads and Their Pre-school Children by Mark Chester was one of the books that I picked up not necessarily expecting too much, but was completely blown away by.
We’re in the process of reviewing our work with under 5s at Dibden Churches and one of the things I was passionate about was to find a way for us to link with dads and their toddlers – moving beyond the regular toddler groups that we run that are normally full of mums and children.
This book tells the story of Mark Chester’s vision to see faith passed down through the generations of families. The book begins with a short section exploring the importance of fatherhood, and identifying some of the obstacles that men face today in finding faith. It isn’t a great section but bear with it.
The second section tells the story of the first Who Let the Dads Out? sessions (described as like mums and toddlers with bacon butties and newspapers), led by Chester at his church in Hoole, Cheshire; it leads into some useful practical guidance about setting up such a group. The book concludes with a craft idea for each month of the year.
If you’re looking for a deep theological understanding of fatherhood and childhood this isn’t the book for you, but instead be blown away by Mark Chester’s passion and enthusiasm what is a straightforward and effective project. As a church we’re looking forward to developing a Who Let the Dads Out? group in the New Year.