On the typical church calendar, no Sunday can compete with Easter, though Christmas Eve is also a big deal for many congregations. Oddly enough, however, Mother’s Day is also a day when a lot of churches see a bump in attendance and visitors.
That’s certainly the case at the church where I pastor, and if you’ve noticed a similar trend, here are some thoughts to help you plan well for your Mother’s Day service:
1. Have a woman lead or help lead worship.
2. Dress nicely; say it’s to honor Mother’s Day.
3. If your mom is at a service, introduce her, bring her up and honor her.
4. Honor your wife, bring her up and introduce her. It’s really cool if she prays for your sermon after you honor her.
5. Keep the sermon short—there are tons of brunches and events.
6. Dedicate a lot of babies. People love to see babies on Mother’s Day.
7. Keep the music up-beat, celebratory and happy.
8. For some women, infertility makes Mother’s Day a really tough time. Invite them to come for prayer after the service. Pray that God would help and heal them in their grief-filled journey, give his wisdom to know the next step, and give them the grace and ability to accept whatever his plan is for their lives.
9. For fun, at each service you could also hand out a nice gift to the mom with the most kids, grandma with the most grandkids, mom who is in town visiting from the farthest away, mom with youngest child, mom with oldest child and so on.
10. If you want, you could also tap your budget to give a free book to every mom. Grace loves Wendy Virgo’s Influential Women, Carolyn Mahaney’s Feminine Appeal, and Jani Ortlund’s Fearlessly Feminine and His Loving Law, Our Lasting Legacy (on the Ten Commandments for training kids). You could also go with a parenting book.
Mother’s Day is unlike any other Sunday in the year, with a lot of unique variables added to the already complicated stuff of life. But like every other Sunday of the year, it is a day that calls for the joyful proclamation of Jesus’ victory over sin and death. Invite everyone—moms and all—to love and follow him.