We love Mother’s Day! This holiday is celebrated every May and is when we get to recognize the amazing mothers and mother figures in our lives. Mother’s Day is the next major holiday following the Easter season, making it the perfect occasion to invite new people who attended Easter service just a few weeks prior.
This is a special Sunday recognizing some pretty special people, so it’s essential to make the most of it! Here we want to give you a few ideas you can implement to make this the most memorable Mother’s Day service to date!
We mentioned in the intro ever so subtly, but it has vital importance. Mother’s Day is not just about those biological mothers in our lives. There are step-moms, foster moms, single moms, spiritual moms, and so many more.
In addition to this, Mother’s Day holds both equal amounts of joy and sorrow. For some, Mother’s Day is an exceptionally fun day where they are celebrated and get to celebrate moms around them.
For others, it can be a painful reminder of their strained relationship with their mom/children, their desire to have children of their own, and even the anguish of miscarriage and child bereavement.
As a church, we are called to both rejoice and mourn with one another. Recognizing all of the different types of moms is important and shows the women in your church that you see them in their particular type of motherhood or lack thereof.
Who doesn’t love a good gift!? Being a mother in any capacity can be a very thankless job. So showing a bit of appreciation for these selfless, hardworking women will go a very long way.
Depending on the size of your church budget for gifts or outreach, the gift may vary. Here are a few simple gift ideas to start with:
There are many other options for gifts you can consider, but whatever you may end up offering, your mothers will surely appreciate the kindness and generosity.
Being a mother is a unique experience for every single woman. No journey of motherhood is quite the same, and honoring the unique perspectives can be quite beautiful. A practical way of highlighting these unique journeys is by inviting some moms to share their own stories. You can do this in a variety of different ways:
To get cohesive content for the stories, consider prompting each storyteller with a question about motherhood. For example:
These unique stories can really bring in a unique element to your Mother’s Day service. (We bet there won’t be a dry eye in the house either!)
Mothers are nothing without the children, step-children, and spiritual children they have the privilege to pour into. So another idea for a memorable Mother’s Day service is to record what kids have to say about their mothers!
One of the best things about kids is that they are completely and blatantly honest. In their honesty, you witness the wonder of a child loving their parents. And also, in that honesty, you get some hysterical things kids say about their moms.
Capturing what the kids have to say about their moms can bring another fun, yet moving, element to your Mother’s Day service. You can ask them a few questions like:
Without a doubt, the answers to these questions will be hysterical. But in the same breath, some of them will be so heartfelt and beautiful you may just have your entire congregation tearing up. Regardless of the outcome, letting the kids do the talking in a fun video will be sure to be a hit!
Another way to make your Mother’s Day service exceptional this year is by offering another fun little memento for your moms: a photobooth picture!
This is a fun and unique way to commemorate the day and invite your entire congregation to join in on the Mother’s Day festivities.
There are many different ways you can set up your photo station. You can go all out with a backdrop, a ton of props, and a legit photo booth set up with a 3-photo film strip. Or you can even have your volunteer photographer snap some pictures and share them on your social media later that day.
Regardless of the way you do it, it will be so fun for your moms and their families to have a cute family photo to remember Mother’s Day 2022!
Many churches either support or have their own ministries dedicated to women, children, and moms. A wonderful way to make this Mom’s Day service special is to have a special offering in which the money given goes toward one of these ministries.
If your church would rather support an outside organization, you can look for local women’s shelters, single mother programs, or even bereavement organizations to support. Whatever cause you support, make it known to your congregation and emphasize the importance of supporting the community and its women.
For many moms, motherhood can be lonely at times. With all the hustle and bustle of raising children, working a job, and running a home, it can be difficult to connect with other people. We believe that church is truly the best community to be a part of, especially for those who find themselves in motherhood.
Make it a point this Mother’s Day to invite your church’s mamas to small groups, mom groups, and even children’s ministry events. The truth is, moms need to stick together. They need other parents and the church community to come alongside them in their journey. As they say, it takes a village!
We truly hope that these suggestions are helpful for your church as you approach Mother’s Day 2022. We believe that mothers are worth honoring every day of the year, not just on May 8th. But we hope that your Mother’s Day service is full of joy, appreciation, and celebration that God has given us such wonderful moms!
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