Mothering Sunday is a chance to say ‘thank you’ for the special role of our mum. Even mums who are far away or who have died can be remembered and honoured – read on for some simple ways to celebrate the love of mothers everywhere.
Mothering Sunday, this year on March 26th, is a day to celebrate the love and care of all who have a mothering role. These thoughtful ideas show how much you appreciate your mum, and how much her love can be shared with others too.
Plant some seeds
Mothering Sunday is just the right time of year to plant sunflowers. Even little children can help pop the seeds into the ground and give them water, and it’s a great way for them to learn how things grow, and how to take care of something precious.
Tip: if it’s still frosty at night, plant the seeds in a pot indoors, and then move them outside once they have germinated and the weather is warmer.
Paper flower blessings
This is a simple, beautiful craft idea that you can even put in the post to send to a loved one who is far away – perhaps a grandparent or godparent.
- Cut a flower shape out of sugar paper – you can use this template to help you (tip: you’ll need to cut all the way to the central circle, but not cut round the circle itself).
2. Write a blessing or other message on the flower using ballpoint pen (tip: only write on one side of the paper).
3. Carefully fold the petals inwards over the central circle so the message is hidden, write ‘this way up’ on the top petal once it’s folded over. (tip: and secure it all with a paperclip so it doesn’t unfold).
4. Send it to someone special with these instructions:
“Take the paperclip off, and gently float this in a bowl of water”
The water will soak into the folds and your flower will slowly open, revealing your blessing!
Give some flowers
If receiving flowers makes you smile, how about taking a small bunch of flowers round to an elderly neighbour who may be alone on Mothers’ day?
If you have a mum but she’s far away, you could:
- Press some flowers and use them to make her next birthday card
- Send her some bulbs to plant, by post
- Send her a paper flower blessing (see above)
- Say a prayer for her at bedtime
Churches celebrate Mothers’ Day with a special service and often give out small posies of flowers – sometimes just to the mums, sometimes to all the women, and in some places, to everyone!
If your mum has died, you might like to take a posy of flowers from church to her grave. If it’s a long way away, do you know someone who lives nearby who might do it for you, and send you a photo?
Give a gift to change a life
You could visit Present Aid or a similar site and buy a gift in memory of a person who was special to you, that will make a huge difference to someone in the developing world. There are even gifts that especially help mums and children.
There’s so much outdoors that fascinates children and reminds us of God’s love and power too. Show children the wonder of it all with these simple ideas for fresh air and fun.