This year we have many challenges with new ways to celebrate special events in our churches.
Yes, it is a challenge and can be difficult, but it's also a great time to stop and think about what makes a holiday truly special, and what are some timeless ways we can celebrate it?
We can evaluate what we've always done because it's a tradition and ask ourselves what do we do that is truly meaningful and honors the Lord and His people as we celebrate?
Mother's Day might be one of the most challenging times of all because it is when we tangibly and in very public ways celebrate the moms in our churches. It can also be a painful time for women who aren't mothers as they silently smile at the service and cry later alone at home.
Past challenges to expand your thinking on Mother's Day
I've often reminded churches that the reason Mother's Day Sunday gets the biggest attendance of the year just behind Christmas and Easter is not because of the moms who are there. They are there every Sunday. It gets the big attendance it does because on that Sunday the unchurched kids and spouses who don't normally come to church will come to make mom happy.
My challenge continues with suggestions to help churches make the most of what is arguably one of the best opportunities for evangelism of the year. Many of those ideas, I've gathered together in an ebook that I'm making available for you for free.
Click here or on the image to download it: ebook-Mothers-Day-Missed-Opportunities
Obviously you won't be able to apply many of the ideas if your church is still not meeting, but you may be able to modify many of them for a streaming service as moms may get family members to watch a service with her on that day.
Always appropriate—One Mother's Prayers
No matter what the distance or what is happening, the power of prayer knows no social distancing, no quarantine, no limits.
This true story of One Mother's Prayers has been one of Effective Church Communications most popular downloads for many years. Below are two links to free copies of it. One is for older copies and the full-text version. The second link goes to 3 new layouts I did this year in Canva. You can either post this or print and send to moms.
One Mother's Prayer, a free and inspiring story for however you want to use it for Mother's Day. CLICK the following link to go to the page to download: https://wp.me/pDky9-5HO
One Mother's Prayer, a new set of PDFs to share for Mother's Day and anytime for prayer groups.CLICK the following link to go to the page to download: https://wp.me/pDky9-8TI