Dad's and Sparks - Better Together!
By Carolyn Wiebe
At SBC we love and welcome kids and we hope it shows. Whether your kids are 2 weeks old or graduating high school, we consider it a privilege and responsibility to have them entrusted to us for any of our events.
Our Sparks girl’s club is an opportunity to spend time with the girls from our church family as well as the community. Every year a huge highlight for both the girls and us as leaders is Father Daughter night and this year was no exception.
Our theme for this year’s father daughter night was Better Together. The girls were instructed to dress in costumes that go better together with their dad’s. The parade of excellent costumes was the best part of the evening! We had everything from a mousetrap with 3 little mice, to kings and queens. Zookeepers and cheetahs and a lumberjack and the cutest little tree you’ve ever seen. There were several monkeys present; one came with a 6 foot banana and the others came with a 6 foot wide tree! Milk and cookies, x’s and o’s, and cowgirls and cowboys all spent the evening together.
We started off our evening with a photo shoot. Every year we send the girls home at the end of the year with their father daughter photo and I can speak from our household that it is a treasured picture.
After the photos they all moved to the kite building craft of the evening. Fortunately everyone loves kites. Unfortunately…there was so much kite decorating it left little time for kite building so volunteers carefully packaged up all the materials and instructions and sent the unfinished kites home at the end of the evening to be finished at a later date.
After the kites came a dinner of baked potatoes with all the things that make a plain potato a far better, far tastier one. Dessert was also a duo (of course it was, we couldn’t deviate from our theme!) of ice-cream and root beer. Not surprisingly, there were no leftovers of dessert.
Pastor Lee and the lovely Brin shared (in costume) from the stage about how they are better together. We discovered that Lee is learning from Brin and aspires to be more like her when he grows up and that Brin loves spending time with her dad doing almost anything. It was very special to see the two of them share together to all the fathers and daughters in the room.
We ended the evening with the girls singing their favourite song from the year to their dads and after that, the event was over! The evening was very special and it was so rewarding to see all the smiles on their faces.
One thing we keep in mind as we make plans in the Children and Families department is that we don’t want to be another thing that overcrowds families’ schedules. Our programs should adding to families’ lives, not competing with them so watching the fathers join their girls in a “girl’s only” club is very special. What could be sweeter than a room full of dads bedecked in fabulous (and possibly ridiculous) costumes spending the evening doing crafts and having dinner with their daughters!?
Photo Credit: Erna Schram