As we've talked about before, the biggest reason Mother's Day has such a large turn-out isn't because of the Moms. They are always there. It is because of the unchurched children and spouses that show up that day to make Mom happy. To make the most of it, the church needs to say to that audience what Mom can't—that the most important gift you can give her is a relationship with Jesus.
Here is a publications that will help you do that.
Mother's Day Bulletin insert
This insert doesn't pull any punches, but makes it clear that more important than anything else to a Mother is her child's relationship to Jesus. A bulletin insert can challenge, but also gently guide to websites and sources (please add your own from your church) so that a piece of paper, quietly put into a pocket, may be looked at in a quiet moment and an eternity changed.
Here are images of the insert. Click on one for a larger view.
Below is the text as a free gift to everyone to use however you want: a link for more is at the bottom of the page and you can download a large file that has lots of inserts you can personalize.
Above all PRAY for open hearts for the children and spouses who attend Mother's Day services that they will be convicted of the need to draw close to Jesus.
This Mother’s Day, give Mom something better than flowers or chocolate
Better than flowers or chocolate—how can that be? Flowers are a treasured tradition and chocolate is, well–chocolate—what more needs to be said?
You know Mom will appreciate these things, but there is something that would mean even more.
You already know what that is. You know she would love it if every Sunday you were where you are now, with her in church.
It isn’t simply your physical presence that is meaningful, although she loves to be with you. What would make it meaningful is if you were
coming as a faithful follower of Jesus.
There may be many reasons why “faithful follower of Jesus” does not describe your life today. Maybe:
- When you were young, you were excited about the church and Jesus, but you feel you’ve outgrown it.
- You had questions the church couldn’t answer, so you went looking elsewhere and never came back.
- Life is simply too busy and church never was much of a priority.
Whatever the reason, take some time to consider Jesus. Here are some websites that might be useful (NOTE: update these with your favorites or current ones you like).
After doing that—tell Mom about it, talk about it and give her joy that won’t fade like even the most beautiful flowers do.
Below is the link to a zip file where you can download the publications above in both ready-to-print PDFs and editable MS Publisher files.
Click the following link to download the zip file: Mothers day Bulletin insert, all versions