What about those without their mothers?
Last year, during our Mother's Day breakfast, I noticed a young girl sitting quietly and occasionally wiping the tears that slid down her flushed face. I slipped beside Ellie and asked how she was going. She lifted her damp little face and told me that she really missed her mum. I knew that, a couple of years ago her mother had taken own life under tragic circumstances leaving three young, heart-broken kids.
Why is Mother's Day still important?
Yes, some kids are without mothers. Some women want desperately to be mothers. But everyone has a mother, and celebrating Mother's Day is helpful in so many ways:
- It serves as a timely reminder of the far-reaching influence of families and provides a wonderful opportunity to encourage and thank our mums.
- It recognises the difficulties of parenting and reminds mums (and dads) that this parenting role is not just a trial run that we can redo if we mess up. Regularly, we need to seek God's help in purposefully training and guiding our kids.
- Mother's Day also reminds us to watch for, encourage and include those within our church family who may be experiencing heartache and disappointment, especially during such times of family celebration.
- It highlights the legacy of grandparents and the extended impact of mothers on the next generation.
- I think, too, it's a reminder to those older women within our church families of the valuable, supportive role they can fulfill in others as they take time to befriend and mentor younger women and mothers.
So... we will be inviting mothers and families from our church and the community to our annual Mother's Day Breakfast and the Mother's Day service. It's free for everyone. We will have a small gift for all the women and teen girls, too, that the kids will hand out. Our worship service will include an inspiring, perhaps even humorous, movie clip and the message will relate particularly to women. The kids will make a special gift for their mothers/grandmothers/friends and our social media will have a Mother's Day focus leading up to the Mother's Day event.
Are you celebrating Mother's Day? What are you planning for this special event?
Here are some of the resources that I've prepared for Mother's Day, and if you'd like to download and use them, you're very welcome.
1. Save the Date slide. This slide is great to include with your church announcements as a reminder that Mother's Day is only weeks away. You could also use it for your social media. Find it below.
2. Mother's Day slide. Announce your Mother's Day event with this PowerPoint slide or again, use it on social media. The slide can be edited so that your own details can be included. Find the file below.
3. Mother's Day flyers/invitations. These flyers have been produced and saved as a PowerPoint slide to enable you to easily edit the information and details. Open the file- edit the information- print the slide. Then cut in half and trim each flyer as required.