For the fathers it meant sacrificing time in front of the
television and the sons doing without their online games. Fathers who attended
left with a new understanding of their sons; many moved by their sons opening
up about things left unspoken in day to day life. This profound experience saw
fathers and sons growing in appreciation and love for each other, leading to a
stronger commitment to support each other.
Arriving on Friday evening, the participants briefly settled
into their accommodation before an ice breaker activity followed by a powerful story
of how a father kept his promise to his son through great faith. Saturday saw
plenty of fun and laughter as the fathers and their sons participated together
in various outdoor activities including the flying fox. In the afternoon
everyone found the talks about masculinity, becoming a man, and sex in the
context of relating to women, relevant and useful in helping a teenager and his
father navigate together, these critical teenage years. The teenagers also had
a chance to go for a hike to somewhere quiet and reflect on their relationships
with their dads.
Around a huge camp fire after dark, in an emotional ceremony,
the fathers proudly affirmed & validated theirs sons publicly. On Sunday it
was an opportunity for the sons to validate their dads, followed by mass. From
the moving testimonies by the dads and sons, the weekend experience has
certainly provided the opportunity for the dads and theirs sons to grow deeper in
their relationship with each other as well as committing themselves to spending
time together more regularly.
Growing Good Men
Weekend – building a greater father and son relationship!
- Frank Peh, menALIVE St Christopher’s parish