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Methodist History: First Father’s Day at Church

The congregation at Central United Methodist Church in Fairmont, West Va. celebrates Father’s Day in a special way each year. They hear the story of the first Father’s Day service in the U.S., which was held in their town on July 5,1908 after a Methodist church member suggested the idea. Her congregation found it important to heed the commandment to “honor thy father and thy mother.”  Current church member Don Downs says it’s still true today, “That says a lot about what the Methodists feel about families, probably the most important thing other than God.”  In this exclusive video, take a visit to the historic site.

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in 1972, Father's Day became an official U.S. holiday, to be held on the third Sunday in June.

Two Methodist women are credited with creating the Mother's Day holiday in the U.S.

Learn more about the history of The United Methodist Church

In addition to Father's Day, International Men's Day is celebrated in many countries on November 19 for men and boys who are not fathers. 

This video was produced by United Methodist Communications in Nashville, TN.
Media contact is Fran Walsh, 615-742-5458.
This video was first posted on June 13, 2015.