Who let the dads out in Harrogate?

Harrogate dads taking over at Trinity Methodist Church (s).
Harrogate dads taking over at Trinity Methodist Church (s).

Mums are being invited to put their feet up while the dads take over thanks to the launch of a new playgroup in Harrogate.

Who Let the Dads Out? at Trinity Methodist Church, in Trinity Road, provides an opportunity for fathers to spend some time with their children, while meeting others and making friends.

Instead of tea and biscuits, the dads are offered a bacon butty and a newspaper.

There are plenty of toys to keep the children entertained, as well as a ‘creative corner’ and family films shown on a big screen in the church.

Matthew Lunn, children and families worker and student minister, said: “Dads living in Harrogate are often working all over the place in Leeds or London. “When Saturday comes the group allows them to spend quality time with their children, while giving mums a chance to put their feet up.

“It’s good for dads to belong to something and to be given an opportunity to meet other dads.

“We talk about everything - life, work, family and football.”

The group is also aimed at enticing more men to church, particularly in the 20-40 age bracket.

Mr Lunn, who also works at Bilton Area Methodist Church, on Skipton Road, said: “This is the generation where most people are missing. It’s a way of making them feel comfortable in coming into church as well.

“We have also started something called Pub Church and we met at the Claro Beagle, on Ripon Road, where people can come along and have a pint. We meet on the first Friday of every month before Who Let the Dads Out? We are also thinking of starting a curry club. It’s about meeting people where they are.”

Who Let the Dads Out? is held at Trinity Methodist Church on the first Saturday of every month. The next session is this Saturday, October 3, from 10am-12pm.

Mr Lunn said: “We are proud as a church to launch this group. We wanted to do something that hasn’t been tried before in this area.”

Who Let The Dads Out? began at Hoole Baptist Church, Chester, in 2003. Other churches soon started to pick up on the idea and asked if they could set up similar groups. The national initiative started formally in 2008. For more information visit www.wholetthedadsout.org.uk