If you haven’t yet circled Sunday, May 14th on your calendar, you might want to put a red heart around it. This is just one of the tips to prepare for Mother’s Day and not be caught unprepared. The projected number of people in the world as of January 1st is 7,942,645,086 and each and every one was born of a woman. That’s a lot of Mothers to celebrate and we’ve got 4 thoughtful ways churches can bless Moms on Mother’s Day to add to your ideas Mothers Day Ideas for Church Leaders) to love them well:
Lift her countenance.
Numbers 6:24-26: “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
This is a timeless blessing that can be read during the Mother’s Day service and also printed for her on a keepsake bookmark, magnet, tote bag, smartphone screen saver image, journal, etc.
Offer her a hand.
Hebrews 13:16: “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”
For some reason it is difficult for moms – the ones who do everything for everyone – to ask for help. Be proactive and plan a mother’s morning out monthly event on a Saturday for the duration of the year. As far as Mother’s Day ideas for churches go, this is one that is like the gift that keeps giving. The children will enjoy a playdate in a secure fun-filled place so mom can refill her soul, have brunch with friends, or take a nap!
Value the role of motherhood.
Matthew 10:31: “So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.”
A mother’s work is not always seen. Case in point, as Barna reports, “Half of parents talk to their kids about self-control, patience and happiness daily” and “Take their role in character building very seriously.” So how do churches celebrate Mother’s Day? Be interested in the mothers within your church walls, invest in them by offering opportunities for them to learn and be social, make time and space for them to use their unique giftings, and acknowledge them frequently- not just on Mother’s Day.
Encourage and equip her as an individual.
Hebrews 13:20-21: “Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”
It’s easy to lose your identity in your role. For example, Bob has planned to go to the store, but before he can walk away from his car, he’s approached by another man who’s extended his hand and greeted him, “Hello, Pastor Bob.” Bob quickly alters his personal plan, putting his intentions on the back burner, in order to connect with this congregant. Roles are important. People are important. Growth is important. A pastor would like to attend a Bible Study to edify himself personally, just as a mother would also appreciate studying any number of topics that don’t necessarily involve her role as a mother.
Focus on the Family shares this truth, “Nothing will enhance our children’s development more than having mothers who really know God. And nothing will make us better mothers than giving our Lord first place in our lives. It all comes down to a question of honor.”
Most of the moms I know want to be with their children and families on Mother’s Day. Thankfully, technology has bridged gaps where geographical distance may impede a gathering. Additionally, either by remembering or celebrating mothers, the point of Mother’s Day is to love and honor them; even if the only way you can honor them is with gratitude for simply being born. Truthfully, not everyone has experienced the benefits of a caring mother. However, we were all given the opportunity- thanks to our moms- to live a life exploring the world and connecting with our Heavenly Father. And for that, we can be eternally grateful.
Drake serves as an ACS Technologies Business Development Manager. He’s been with ACST for four years as a trusted advisor for clients and partners, focusing on process improvement, leadership development, and metrics for success. Drake enjoys time with his family and participates in various roles at his church.