According to history.com, the first recorded Father's Day celebration took place in West Virginia at William Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South in 1908. In 1972, Father's Day became a national holiday in the United States. However, the formal observance of Father's Day on the third Sunday in June began in 1966 by Presidential proclamation. Christian youth can honor fathers by preparing treats, organizing sporting events or making a photo greeting card.
Prior to Father's Day, youth can create chocolate creations for their dads. They'll need chocolates wafers, which can be purchased at craft stores. These come in a variety of colors and flavors. In addition, candy molds, perhaps in the shape of footballs or Christian images, are necessary. Once the chocolate is melted in a microwave or on a stove, the youth can pour it into the molds. Then the mold is placed in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. When the chocolate is ready, pop them out from the mold, wrap them in cellophane and tie the cellophane with colorful ribbon. A gift card can be attached to the treats and have the following verse, Psalm 34:8, printed on it: "Taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him."
Youth can organize a sports day at a local park to spend time with their dads and celebrate them on the Saturday before Father's Day. The central Scripture for the day could be Philippians 3:4, "I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." The activities can include playing any sports the park will accommodate, as well as eating hot dogs and chips.
Organizing a Christian Father's Day celebration around one sport will work well, too. For instance, youth can organize a father and child basketball tournament in their worship center's gym. Dads can sign up with their children to play with other teams for fun. On Father's Day, the participating fathers can be presented with ribbons or certificates during their worship service.
Youth can hold a Christian Father's Day photo shoot in their worship center. Youth can set up a photo area, which can be as simple as a chair with a solid background. However, you may want to print out an appropriate Bible Scripture on a banner and post it on a wall for a backdrop. Using a digital camera and a portable printer, photos can be taken and printed instantly. With advanced planning, youth can take pictures with their fathers. The pictures can be used to make Father's Day cards or placed in photo frames.