Thursday, August 13, 2009

Ministry To Moms

PresbyBlogger Jan Edmiston wrote a thought-provoking post yesterday at A Church For Starving Artists: The Secret Needs of Moms. She said that "there is a huge market out there for someone to have a ministry of spiritual direction just for moms."

I sure could have used that back in the day when Portia and Babs were very young. Moms with young children often form peer support groups in churches but these usually focus on practical questions of parenting, working, and volunteering and not on the spiritual side of life with a young family.

Jan asks what that ministry might look like. One of her commenters responded by describing a back to school event that the older women in her church were hosting for the younger women in the congregation with children. The event centers around packing school kits for Lutheran World Relief, but the older women will be giving "survival kits" to the younger women as a thank-you and encouragement for them. The kits include tea bags; bath & body shower gel and hand sanitzer; a votive candle: and OF COURSE dark chocolate! As the commenter observed "they are reaching out... to say 'hey I've been there... let me help".

In what ways does your church reach out to mothers of young children to encourage, support and feed them spiritually?

(Cross-posted at Presbyterian Bloggers)


Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

WOW...that is so awesome

Sally said...

love this, it is certainly something I could have done with, and it has got me thinking about the possibilities.

RevDi said...

When I was young and raising three children born within five years of one another, my peer group at church studied "Edge of Adventure" together. Some of you may be old enough to remember the writers, Bruce Larson and Keith Miller. It was the mid-70's and it was the first time most of us had been encouraged to talk about our faith and how it affected our lives. It was life-changing for me!

stf (lorna) said...

never heard anything like it ... but love it :)