HOW YOUR CHURCH CAN HONOR MOMS ON MOTHER’S DAY
BY: RAUL RIVERA
Every year there are certain Sundays that some refer to as “big” Sundays. These are the Sundays, such as Easter Sunday, when many people who may not be regular congregants decide to attend church.
What makes these Sundays so “big” is the evangelistic opportunity that churches have on newcomers.
Mother’s Day is one of those “big” Sundays that occurs around the same time each year, but some churches miss out on the opportunity to make a lasting impact on those who may not be back until the next “big” Sunday.
Since Mother’s Day is just around the corner, I want to share with you some ideas to help your church’s Mother’s Day Service be a special one.
5 ideas to make your Mother’s Day service special
1. Give all moms in attendance a gift
Giving a gift to all moms in attendance is one way many churches honor moms on Mother’s Day.
However, from an administrative perspective, best practice is to not give cash or cash equivalent gifts (e.g., gift cards) to moms. The accounting and reporting requirements can be more of a hassle than it is worth.
Instead, though it may seem cliche, buying flowers and giving one to every mom who attends service that day helps show that your church truly appreciates the efforts they make as a mom.
This may seem like a costly expense, but check around with local florists in your area and ask about options in buying in bulk or wholesale.
Who knows, they may even be willing to donate the flowers to your church as a tax-deductible donation. In this instance it is important that you know how to handle such donations.
2. Mother’s Day photo booth
Since everyone wears their finest on Mother’s Day Sunday, what better way to help make Mother’s Day special than with an opportunity for moms to have a family photo taken using a photo booth.
This does not have to be as complicated as it may seem.
Create a space where people can have their picture taken by someone within your church. You may even want to provide a few props for them to use if they wish to take a silly photo.
If you do not have anyone in your church available to take the pictures, you can simply download a photo booth app such as Evite Photo Booth for Apple products or Party Photo Booth for Android tablets.
You will only need to download the app on one device for your church attendees to use.
3. Cards from the kids
Moms love receiving gifts that their kids took time to make.
Make sure to plan ahead and have the children in the children’s ministry make creative cards or some sort of gift to give mom after the church service.
Here’s another tip – since some men have a tendency to forget about such occasions, consider placing some pens and Mother’s Day cards in the men’s restroom.
This not only helps the husbands who forgot to get their wife a Mother’s Day card, but also helps make sure the whole day is special for mom.
4. Mother’s Day luncheon after service
On Mother’s Day the general rule should be that moms don’t cook. Moms should be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy being celebrated and appreciated.
This is a day to celebrate moms and all that they mean to us, so make plans to host a Mother’s Day luncheon after service. You could even get the men of the church involved so that they plan, prepare, and host the meal after service.
5. A parent-child dedication ceremony
As Christians we are called to raise our children unto God.
What better way to make your Mother’s Day service special for moms, and all in attendance, than including an opportunity for parent-child dedication in your service.
A parent-child dedication ceremony is a time when believing parents, and families, make a commitment before their church family and the Lord to raise the child according to God’s Word and God’s ways.