A Prayer for Father’s Day
A special prayer to use in assembly or in the classroom to help children pray for and appreciate the fathers and father figures in their lives in the week leading up to Father’s Day (19th June).
* Please be aware that elements of these prayers could be triggering for some children. In particular, review Slide 8 in advance and omit as preferred.
Start the time of prayer by making the Sign of the Cross. Where the Prayer Leader statements/questions are in bold, you might like to pause to reflect and/or share responses across the class. The Prayer Leader can be an adult or a child.
Slides 1 – 2
Introduce the theme of Father’s Day, explaining the origins of Father’s Day
Slides 3 – 5
Discuss St Joseph as a good model for appreciating father-figures.
Slides 6 – 7
Read the story in Appendix 1 of how a young girl experienced her father’s love, no matter what. Share how the story reveals that the dad in the story is like God the Father.
Explain that each of us has our own experience of what a father means to us: some may have happy thoughts and others may not. Add that, whatever their own experiences of fathers are, all children share a loving Father in heaven.
Slide 9 – 10
Discuss how God the Father is ‘Father to the fatherless’ and the idea of Jesus calling God ‘Abba’ or ‘Daddy’. Invite children to share any images this name conjures up for them.
Slide 11 – 12
Invite children to join in with the prayer on screen, then finish by saying together the Our Father.
Finish with the Sign of the Cross.
Key Stage Differentiation
EYFS/KS1/LKS2 – Consider omitting Slide 8 as appropriate.
KS2 – Extend discussions about Joseph, the foster father of Jesus, e.g. discussing how Joseph might feel about being Jesus’ dad. End the time of prayer by saying, ‘St Joseph, pray for us’ and having children add their own prayers and intentions for fathers.
KS2 – Discuss how Jesus uses the word Abba over 100 times in the New Testament, whilst it is only used 13 times in the Old Testament! This demonstrates that Jesus brings us into a new relationship with God as our Father.
PowerPoint or Online Presentation?
You can choose whether you would like to present the prayer using the downloadable PowerPoint or the Online Presentation. We recommend the Online Presentation for ease of use.
Where is my download?
If you choose to download the PowerPoint, you will usually be able to find it in your Downloads folder. You can change these settings on your browser (eg Google Chrome, Internet Explorer).
What software or equipment do I need?
You will need Powerpoint software if you choose to download the presentation instead of using the Online Presentation.
If using the Online Presentation, you will need an active connection to the internet.