If you’ve ever had a mom, been a mom, or even seen a mom in action, you know that they are pretty amazing. They are typically the ones running around, taking care of everyone else, and thinking of themselves last. While moms deserve appreciation every day, your church has a great opportunity to reach out to the moms in your church once a year and make your mother’s day church service exceptional.
However, it’s also important to remember and be sensitive to the needs of your congregation. Mother’s Day can be a hard day for people who have recently lost their mom, are having fertility issues, have experienced miscarriage, or don’t have a good relationship with their mom. Don’t shy away from this during your Mother’s Day church service, instead acknowledge the hurts and be ready and willing to minister to those who need it.
This year, we wanted to compile a list that helps you think outside of the box. While flowers and applause are nice gestures, what can you as a church do to truly make your Mother’s Day church service special?
Here are ten Mother’s Day church service ideas to get you started:
1. Be Specific
Motherhood is not a “one size fits all” calling. There are many different types of moms and people fulfilling the role of a mom. If you can make people feel seen and acknowledged in your mother’s day church service, it will be sure to be a memorable one.
A few specific groups to include and acknowledge could be first-time moms, adoptive moms, foster moms, grandmas, those who lost a mom/grandma this year, those who want to be and will be moms, among others.
Find a way to minister to each group uniquely. One of our favorite ways to do this is to read this poem by Amy Young that acknowledges different people during your Mother’s Day church service. You could also have cards or bookmarks like this one with specific scriptures for each group that they could pick up outside of your church service.
2. Have Moms Share Their Stories
Nobody relates more to motherhood than other moms. One of the best ways you can make your Mother’s Day church service exceptional is to choose a few moms in your church to share their stories.
First, find a few moms who would be willing to share the good, the bad, and the ugly of motherhood. Secondly, designate a time in your service where they can speak (in person or on video). Lastly, encourage them to be open, honest, and encouraging. This is a time to laugh, celebrate, and reveal a dependence on the Lord through the journey of motherhood.
3. Show A Video Of Kids Discussing Their Moms
This is sure to be a crowd favorite, because who doesn’t love funny or heartfelt videos of kids?! Plus, this gives your church staff the opportunity to get a little creative and create a video that can make you laugh, tug at your heartstrings, or both.
Before conducting the interviews, be sure that you have parental consent and that you have a list of questions prepared. A few examples of potential questions include:
- What does your mom do the first thing in the morning?
- How does your mom show you that she loves you?
- Why do you love your mom?
- What is something funny your mom does?
- If you could give your mom anything for Mother’s Day, what would it be?
Have your children’s pastor or another member of your staff sit down with kids of different ages to ask the questions and film the answers. Then, compile them all into a Mother’s Day video for your church service.
4. Give Mothers A Gift
If you are looking for more of a traditional way to celebrate moms during your church service for Mother’s Day, try giving them a gift. You don’t have to give anything extravagant, a simple gift that shows that you thought of them is enough.
Here are a few of our favorite Mother’s Day gift ideas for your church service:
- Flowers (bonus points for having a variety to let moms choose their favorite)
- Book (we recommend Missional Motherhood by Gloria Furman)
- Gift card (to coffee shops, restaurants, department stores, etc.)
- Coffee Mug or Tumbler
5. Offer Free Chair Massages
If you truly want to make your Mother’s Day church service exceptional, set up a chair massage station that all moms can stop by before or after the service. Many local massage schools will send students to come and give chair massages for a reasonable price, so be sure to look around.
This will not only show moms that you value them, but it will help them feel pampered too!
6. Take Up A Special Offering
Another great way to improve your Mother’s Day church services is to take up a special offering designated to a ministry that supports moms, women, and/or children.
Maybe your church already supports a ministry that helps moms and children, or maybe you need to do some research in your area. Either way, be sure that the special offering is going to a cause that will be meaningful to the mothers in your congregation. While the offering is taken up, lead your congregation in a Mother’s Day prayer for your church service.
7. Host A Meal
The key to hosting a meal for your Mother’s Day church service is to ensure that the moms are not responsible for the planning, cooking, or cleaning! Whether you choose to do breakfast, lunch, or brunch, make sure the men in your church get involved.
The meal doesn’t need to be anything fancy (though it can be if you want), it just needs to be good food that moms don’t have to prepare. This is a gift in itself!
8. Set Up A Special Coffee Station
If your church is anything like my church, you typically have coffee available. However, this coffee is usually the mass-produced bags that are in ginormous coffee makers. To make your Mother’s Day church service special, consider setting up a special coffee station for mothers.
At this coffee station, you could have fancy creamers and sugars and offer different coffee brews. If you want to get really fancy, consider highering a barista to come in and make specialty coffees like lattes and mochas for the mothers in attendance.
9. Make a Photo Booth Or Backdrop
As a mom, I know how hard it is to actually be in a picture. Usually, moms are the ones behind the camera taking pictures of their kids. However, to make your Mother’s Day church service exceptional, make a photo booth or backdrop and offer to take pictures of mothers with their families. Get creative and make the photo space cute for moms and kids alike.
Once the picture is taken, be sure to collect the mom’s email address and name so you can email the photo to them as a keepsake.
10. Promote Moms In Your Sermon, Church Website, And Promotional Material
Lastly, be sure to promote moms everywhere you possibly can on that day. Include a note to moms in your Mother’s Day church service bulletin and preach a Mother’s Day message for a church service.
It’s also a good idea to center the sermon around motherhood or parenthood in general. Be sure to announce this on your church website so people will know in advance that there will be a Mother’s Day theme during your church service. The more places that you can put this information the better!