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Ministry of Fathers

Jackie Macadam reflects on the impact of a charity bringing together fathers and their children.
’Who Let The Dads Out?’ event

AS a society, we are guilty of underplaying, even underappreciating, the role that men, and fathers play in their children’s lives. There can’t be many of us who have not spoken about dad ‘babysitting’ the kids while mum escapes to get a haircut or a day out with friends. Yet they are his children too. We don’t say mum is ‘babysitting’ when she’s at home….

Somehow, the idea that mum cares and dad earns has taken a deep hold in our society – and that attitude even extends to our churches, where child-care is very much usually a ‘mums and toddlers’ type situation.

But a new charity is helping to move these ideas to the dustbin of history.

‘Who Let The Dads Out?’ was founded by Mark Chester and is run by Tony Sharp, its co-ordinator.

“We started ‘Who Let The Dads Out?’ in 2003 at Hoole Baptist Church in Chester. We ran a thriving parent and toddler group and knew many mums and children from our community, but we didn’t know the dads – so we tried a one off session for dads, male carers and their children,” says Mark.

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IN THIS ISSUE HEALING THE WOUNDS - The role of the Church in healing polarised division ‘MY LIFE WAS CHANGED’ - The life and faith of John Sturrock QC MINISTRY OF FATHERS - The impact of a charity bringing dads and their children together