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The Rt Revd Dr John Inge

The Rt Revd Dr John Inge

Words of inspiration for Fathers' Day

Fathers' Day, unlike Mothering Sunday, doesn't have its origins in a church festival, but the Bishop of Worcester says the church should take notice of it...

The Bishop of Worcester wants to put God into Fathers' Day, with a prayer for children to include in their cards on June 21, asking God to help dads grow in love and wisdom.

The Right Reverend Dr John Inge said: "Let's celebrate Fathers' Day in our churches, honouring those fathers who have shown us something of God's love, and remembering that our 'Father in Heaven' loves us and watches over us, always.

"I have always believed in my head that God loves me unconditionally, but it was only when I became a father myself that I began to understand it with my heart."

Bishop John Inge, with his family

Bishop John Inge, with his family

Help with words

Children 'lost for words' to use this Fathers' Day are encouraged to paste or write in their cards a prayer specially written for the occasion, thanking dads for their love and support and asking God to support and guide them.

Prayer for Fathers' Day cards:

I thank God for all the love and support you offer me,
and I ask for God's blessing on you this Fathers' day:
may God our heavenly Father keep you in his care,
support and guide you each day
and help you grow in love and wisdom.
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Bishop John said: "I have never known a love quite like the love of being a father and I rejoice in the great gift of fatherhood.

"I rejoice in it because of my children, to whom I am devoted, but I also rejoice in it because it helps me to understand how God loves me, and how nothing can separate me from that love."

The prayer is backed up by a new page on the Church of England website:

Through the weblink above, churches will find:

  • A sample service to customise for Fathers' Day.
  • A podcast in which Bishop John explains how becoming a father gave him a new understanding of God's unconditional love.
  • A link to the WhatDadsAdd website created by the Church or England and the Mothers' Union.

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