Father’s Day is an event celebrated by all faiths; it is a time for children and their fathers to spend quality time together, for children to honour their fathers and the influence that they have had in their lives.
The Feast organised a ‘Bowling and Pizza’ event to mark Father’s Day and to bring together young boys and their fathers to explore faith, make friendships and change lives.
Each of the young boys had previously attended an event with The Feast, and so they were able to play and chat together, building upon the friendships that they had previously made. The fathers had a thing or two to learn from the young people.
Following the bowling, fathers and their sons then moved to Pizza Hut to enjoy food together and to spend more time chatting to each other. The young people enjoyed fruitful discussions about their pets, and the way that their faith can affect even the pets that they keep. The quality of this discussion was mimicked by the fathers, who saw the way in which the young people were openly able to talk about their faith and soon began to do the same. They were able to talk about their beliefs and how they affect their daily lives at work and at home.
Not only did the fathers enjoy the opportunity to spend time with their sons on Father’s Day, but they also relished the opportunity to make friends with the other fathers who were there.
The Feast believes that young people have the ability to change communities. For these fathers, not only was Father’s Day an opportunity to spend time together, or have a day off the washing up, but it was an opportunity to be inspired by their sons and to begin to act in the same way by talking openly about their faith and to build bridges with their neighbours.