Father’s Day Worship
June 16 @ 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
9:30 am – Sunday School
10:45 am – Worship Service
7pm – Uncommon Grounds (Music, refreshments and worship)
The First Father’s Day Celebration Originated in the Methodist Church. The congregation at Central United Methodist Church in Fairmont, West Va. celebrates Father’s Day in a special way each year. They hear the story of their own church member, Grace Golden Clayton, who suggested the idea after an explosion in a nearby mine tragically killed 360 men, most of whom were fathers of more than 1,000 children. Deeply troubled, Clayton petitioned her Methodist church pastor to dedicate one day to honor fathers, selecting July 5, 1908 as the day. It was the Sunday closest to her late father’s birthday, who was also a Methodist preacher. Her congregation found it important to heed the commandment to “honor thy father and thy mother.”
A Spokane, Washington woman, Sonora Smart Dodd, also fought to begin the tradition of Father’s Day. Dodd’s mother had passed away at an early age, leaving her father to raise six children by himself. Local religious leaders quickly approved Dodd’s proposal to honor fathers everywhere with a celebration on June 19, 1910. Sermons honoring fathers were offered all over the city. When newspapers across the country carried this story, Father’s Day celebrations spread. Later, several presidents declared the day a holiday. However, in 1972, Richard Nixon finally set Father’s Day as June’s third Sunday.
This says a lot about what the Methodists feel about families, probably the most important thing other than God. Come join us as we celebrate our Father, and all of our fathers, on Father’s Day, June 16, 2019 at 10:45am.