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Father/Child Lock-in

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Lockin

Sponsor a lock-in they'll always remember. Schedule it on a Friday night so dads or special father figures can arrive after work with their children.

Connect children without fathers with men in your church. Plan a dinner or pizza party. After dinner, host the Father Finals with each family as a team. Schedule events that anyone could participate in and win, such as best caricature or drawing of a father, banana-eating contest, 3-, 4-, or 5-legged races, toilet paper race, hoop shoot, and water balloon or egg toss.

Throughout the evening, observe families and create an award for each family, such as The Team That Laughs the Most or Most Likely to Keep Trying. Give each family an award in a mock "Oscars" ceremony.

Finish the evening with an inspirational movie such as Where the Red Fern Grows or Old Yeller. (Get permission to show the movie to a group.) And in the morning, finish with a scrumptious breakfast-fixed by the fathers of course!

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