9 Fun and Heartfelt Mother’s Day Ideas for Churches

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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 day special, we’ve got some Mother’s Day ideas to spark your creative juices. Read on for nine ways to encourage, honor, and highlight moms.

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1. 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 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.

2. Serve brunch or treats after the 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.

3. Have a special gift for mothers.

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.

4. 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 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.

5. 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.

6. Have 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.

7. Highlight mothers in social media.

There are multiple ways to engage your church 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 atributes 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 the amazing women in our lives!

8. 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.

9. 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 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.

In Conclusion

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 motherhood.

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