FATHER'S Day was marked by Methodist churches around the country yesterday.
Although the celebration is usually marked on the first Sunday in September, the Methodist church celebrated it on the first Sunday after its annual conference.
Fathers took centre stage and led services with songs and dramas that highlighted their spiritual role in families and in the church.
In a statement issued by Methodist Church of Fiji's secretary for communication Reverend James Bhagwan, he said it was done this way to give delegates to the annual conference time to return to their respective communities.
"The Methodist church's new connexional plan, which is being developed, has one of its pillars, the family, with the intention that the Christian family forms the foundation of Fijian society," Mr Bhagwan said.
"Within the Methodist calendar there are special Sundays set aside for children, mothers, fathers and youths and there is also recognition of the role of our elders."
Preaching at the service at Dudley Memorial Church in Toorak in Suva, the retired Sigatoka Methodist High School principal and manager of Dudley High School, Roey Fiu, urged children to value their fathers as much as they do their mothers and challenged Christian fathers to be "men of God".