Hopefully, you’re ready to celebrate one of the biggest holidays of the year for churches – Mother’s Day!
While it’s not as big as Christmas or Easter, churches typically see a big attendance spike on Mother’s Day weekend. If you’re at a loss for how to make this Sunday morning special, we’ve got some Mother’s Day church ideas to spark your creative juices.
Read on for nine ways to encourage, honor, and highlight moms.
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Table of contents
- Why Should Churches Celebrate Mother’s Day?
- Heartfelt Mother’s Day Ideas For Your Church
- 1. Choose relatable church Mother’s Day songs
- 2. Share a Mother’s Day Poem at church
- 3. Include a special service element to honor mothers.
- 4. Serve brunch or treats after the Mother’s Day service.
- 5. Have a special church Mother’s Day Gift
- 6. Have a craft table for kids to make cards or presents for their mothers.
- 7. Have a mother-daughter or mother-son event.
- 8. Celebrate Mother’s Day with a mother-child look-alike contest.
- 9. Highlight mothers in social media.
- 10. Host a Mother’s Day photo opportunity.
- 11. Serve the moms with special treatment.
- Final Thoughts On Mother’s Day Church Ideas
Why Should Churches Celebrate Mother’s Day?
Mother’s Day is a special day to honor and appreciate the women in our lives who have taken on the role of motherhood. It’s a time to show our love and gratitude for the countless sacrifices, selfless acts of kindness, and unwavering support that mothers provide for their families.
Churches have an important role to play in celebrating Mother’s Day because they provide a platform for communities to come together and show their appreciation for all the moms here in their midst. By organizing Mother’s Day events, services, and gifts, churches can help create an atmosphere of love, warmth, and support that makes mothers feel valued and appreciated.
In addition to being a day of celebration, Mother’s Day is also an opportunity for churches to recognize the unique challenges and struggles that mothers face in today’s world. Many mothers juggle multiple roles and responsibilities, including work, parenting, and caregiving, which can be both physically and emotionally exhausting.
Mothers also face unique societal pressures and expectations that can leave them feeling overwhelmed and isolated. By acknowledging and addressing these challenges, churches can help create a more supportive and inclusive environment for mothers, where they feel valued, understood, and supported.
Ultimately, celebrating mothers on Mother’s Day is a powerful way for churches to demonstrate their commitment to building strong, loving, and caring communities that uplift and support all members, including the amazing women who make the world a better place with their love and care.
Heartfelt Mother’s Day Ideas For Your Church
Here are the 11 most popular ways for church leaders to honor moms on Mothers Day at your church.
1. Choose relatable church Mother’s Day songs
When it comes to Mother’s Day, the right choice of worship songs is critical. The right choice will create an impactful and uplifting celebration that Moms will really appreciate.
As a general rule, it makes sense to look for worship songs that speak to themes that we often associate with Mother’s Day. Some of these ideas might include:
But the question is, what are the right kinds of songs for Mother’s Day?
Mother’s Day Worship Song Ideas
Looking for some song ideas for Mother’s Day this year. Here are a few of the most popular:
The Blessing – Kari Jobe
Reckless Love – Cory Asbury
Ever Be – Bethel Music
Oceans – Hillsong United
What A Beautiful Name – Brooke Ligertwood
2. Share a Mother’s Day Poem at church
Sharing a poem about moms with the church on Mother’s Day is an excellent way to honor these extraordinary women. Poetry is an art form that often speaks in ways that words can’t, pouring out powerful emotion and conveying feelings beyond what we can express in our everyday conversations.
A poem about motherhood offers an opportunity for both those who are mothers and those who are honoring them to contemplate the beauty of the unique bond between a parent and child. It gives pause to truly appreciate all that mothers do throughout their lives, from sacrifice and selfless love, to providing us with nurturing care and guidance.
Additionally, sharing this kind of poem can provide comfort and joy to many parents in the congregation, especially those who have lost sons or daughters or have difficult relationships with their own mothers. Ultimately, it allows everyone to celebrate motherhood as we draw strength from each other’s stories and reflect on God’s grace within our own lives.
3. Include a special service element to honor mothers.
When it comes to service elements, it’s all about creativity and the sky’s the limit. Some Mother’s Day ideas include doing a special prayer for mothers, a worship song feature, having special song, a video montage of mothers and their children, or even having a female guest speaker or mother sharing her testimony.
The tone could be sentimental or funny. It depends on your team, what you’ve done in the past, and what you’re hoping to accomplish in the overall theme of the day. Here are some Mother’s Day videos from Re:think Worship for inspiration.
4. Serve brunch or treats after the Mother’s Day service.
If you’re hosting a brunch, be sure to let your members know ahead of time. Moms tend to like plans, and if you have something at the church you need to make sure they can work it into their schedule.
You can get creative with the food as well – it doesn’t have to be a traditional brunch. Offer a potluck, a build-your-own waffle or pancake bar, donuts, or even just some baked goods for moms to grab on their way out. Or, you could get creative with a beverage bar serving coffee, tea, lemonade, or juice.
5. Have a special church Mother’s Day Gift
Gifts are always a nice way to show your appreciation for all that mothers do. It doesn’t have to be anything big or expensive – a simple mug or candle with the church’s logo or a heartfelt note would be much appreciated. You could also get creative and put together a Mother’s Day basket with some of her favorite things like lotions, soaps, books, or even a gift card to her favorite restaurant or store. Another great idea is handing out a devotional or book specifically for moms.
Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
Here are some of the most popular Mother’s Day gift ideas for churches.
A packet of flower seeds and a small plant pot
A handmade card with a thoughtful message
A small photo frame with a printed family photo
A sachet of fragrant dried flowers or potpourri
A set of colorful pens and a notebook or planner
A mini succulent or cactus plant
A small box of gourmet tea or coffee
A scented candle in a tin or glass jar
A personalized bookmark with a Mother’s Day message
A small box of chocolates or candy
A jar of homemade jam or honey
A small bouquet of wildflowers or fresh herbs
A set of decorative fridge magnets
A DIY kit for making a handmade gift or craft
A bookmark or print featuring a Bible verse about mothers
6. Have a craft table for kids to make cards or presents for their mothers.
This is a great way to involve the kids in the Mother’s Day celebration. Set up a table with supplies like construction paper, markers, stickers, and glue, and give kids crafts or let them make cards or small presents for their mothers. You could even have some pre-made templates or ideas to help them get started.
7. Have a mother-daughter or mother-son event.
An event is a meaningful way to celebrate the special bond between mothers and their children. You could have a tea party, dance, nature walk, picnic, or even just do an activity at the church like painting or making crafts. You could also use this as an opportunity to feature a guest speaker, have a special time of prayer, and teach the children about the importance of mothers and what they do for us.
8. Celebrate Mother’s Day with a mother-child look-alike contest.
One of the less common Mother’s Day ideas on this list is hosting a mother-child look-alike contest. This is always a fun one and you can get creative with how you do it. You could have a runway show, a photo booth, or just have people vote on the most identical mother-child look-alike pair based on submitted photos.
You could also feature the contest on social media leading up to Mother’s Day weekend. Have people post their pictures and tag your church, then show some of the best posts during service and announce the winner. This is a great way to involve the whole church and have some lighthearted fun.
9. Highlight mothers in social media.
There are multiple ways to engage your church members and community on social media this Mother’s Day. Here are a few Mother’s Day ideas:
Share a photo of your church’s Mother’s Day flowers and ask everyone to tag their favorite moms in the comments.
Post a poll asking people to vote for their all-time favorite Mother’s Day movie, book, or TV show.
Encourage people to share their favorite photo or memory of their mom with a special hashtag.
Start a discussion in the comments about what attributes make a mom great.
Share a quote from the Bible about mothers or motherhood.
Whatever you do, make sure to create content that is both engaging and uplifting. After all, Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate moms and the amazing women in our lives!
10. Host a Mother’s Day photo opportunity.
Every mom loves a great family photo to capture memories. Set up a photo booth with props, backdrops, and even costumes, and let people take pictures with their mothers. A photo booth can also serve double-duty as a Mother’s Day gift if you’re able to provide prints that moms can take home.
Mother’s Day Photo Booth Examples For Churches
If You are looking for some inspiration here are a few ideas that may help get your creative juices flowing.
11. Serve the moms with special treatment.
One of our favorite Mother’s Day ideas is to provide some special acts of service to moms. Examples include a car wash, oil change, or free massages. It could also be free coffee or babysitting for mom to have an afternoon out. Taking time to offer these services is especially impactful for single moms who may be caring for their children solo and don’t have anyone to plan a special day or provide a break for them.
On this note, when it comes to Mother’s Day, be aware that it’s a sensitive time for some women. Some ladies have never married, haven’t been able to conceive, or have lost a child. Others may have had an abusive mother – sadly that happens. One way to address this is to honor women and the characteristics of motherhood (such as nurturing and biblical womanhood) in general. You can also acknowledge some of these less-than-ideal scenarios to ensure everyone feels seen and understood.
Final Thoughts On Mother’s Day Church Ideas
If you started planning your Mother’s Day services or events yet? If not, don’t worry! Take this list of Mother’s Day ideas to your creative team and see what you can come up with. Be sure to comment below and let us know how your church celebrates the special gift of motherhood.
What Mother’s Day ideas for you have?
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