Okay, so this is a bit late, but if you’re still struggling for ideas for Mothering Sunday, here are a few:
- The Old Testament story (if you’re using Exodus) easily lends itself to being acted out, with no rehearsal needed. Grab a baby doll, a basket, some blue fabric to be the river, and a crown for Pharaoh’s daughter, and ask for volunteers from the congregation to bring it to life as you read it. Be careful that you don’t play it for laughs, though – this is a serious story of a mother’s sacrifice, that led ultimately to the liberation of God’s people.
- Pass out heart-shaped paper to every member of the congregation as they come in. During the prayer time, ask them to reflect on all the women who have played a mother’s role in their life, and write their names down. Young children can draw a picture. Collect these hearts and display them somewhere in the church. Bless them, and the women whose names are on them.
- Don’t forget to pray for: adoptive mothers, foster mothers, stepmothers, godmothers, grandmothers, and all those who play a mother’s role in a child’s life. Don’t forget people who have suffered from abusive mothers, for whom the celebration of motherhood may feel like an affront. Don’t forget those whose mothers have died, and who are grieving. Don’t forget those women struggling with infertility, who long to be mothers and feel left out and isolated. Don’t forget women whose children have died, for whom Mother’s Day is another reminder of their loss. Be pastoral.
- Think about the tradition of “Mother Church.” This can provide the start for a great talk, or for wondering together – in what ways is the church like a mother? How do we all mother each other? How can we do it better? How can we mother our community?