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.
Father’s Day has Methodist ties
Sonora Smart Dodd, whose father raised six children alone, helped establish the holiday nationally but two churches lay claim to starting the U.S. celebration. Read More
Resources for Father’s Day
The third Sunday in June is a special day for dads in the U.S. See prayers and other devotions meant to honor their role in the family. More
‘What would I do?’: Fatherly advice for tough questions
As the U.S. prepares to mark Father's Day, older people of faith share some insights with the young, and offer lessons for all ages. Read More
Methodist History: The Founding Mothers of Mother’s Day
Two women created the holiday that falls on the second Sunday in May in the U.S. but do you know how, and why, they did it? View
Mothers of U.S. Mother’s Day were West Virginia Methodists
Ann Jarvis had the idea and her daughter Anna led a campaign in the early 1900s to have Mother's Day recognized as a national holiday. Read More
Ministry of Memory (UMTV)
Enjoy a visual trip through Archives and History’s collection of rare and treasured pieces of Methodism. View