This past Friday evening, several fathers spent an intentional evening investing in the lives of daughters of all ages. Pathway's first Father/Daughter Ball was held in our worship center, which was magically transformed into an under-the-sea themed paradise. The theme of the evening was, "Mightier than the Waves of the Sea is His Love for Me." Paralleling the love of a father for his child and the infinite love that the Heavenly Father has for each of us.
Desserts and beverages were provided, and a pre-ball dinner date with dad was encouraged. A photo booth captured the special relationship between fathers and daughters, and the couples were given a dance lesson from instructors at the Fort Wayne Ballroom Dance Co. Dads and daughters learned the Rumba and Jitterbug, and how to turn two left feet into a successful box step. The room was full of applause, laughter, and pure joy. (We think daughters had fun too.) Pathway was honored to have hosted close to 300 fathers and daughters, with plans to expand the ability to host even more for the next ball! The staff are already planning on ways to be able to allow for larger attendance next year.
With the success of this event and strong desire and interest noted from parents, we can see that this is a ministry need. Look for more exciting family events coming to Pathway in 2017. We are already planning for next year!
At the very heart of Beyond is a strong desire to equip people, and equip families, in their own homes and lives, to embrace a fullness that can only be found in Jesus Christ. Events like the ball promote not only the growth of strong relationships within family, but the need to walk along side our next generation and empower them with that full life found in Christ.
For more information on how you can be a part of the volunteer event team for Marriage and Parenting Ministry contact Crystal Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org