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Celebrating International Mother's Day
Mothers’ Union members celebrate International Mother’s Day
Whilst Mothering Sunday was celebrated by our 55,000 UK & Ireland members in back in March, a highlight of which was the special Mothering Sunday Songs of Praise that MU was featured in, many of our members around the world will be celebrating Mother’s Day this Sunday.
In countries such as the US, Canada, Australia, Japan, and Malaysia they will be marking this special day on 9th May. Historically, the day was started by a prominent churchgoer called Anna Jarvis, who came up with the idea for Mother’s Day at a Sunday school lesson in 1876 and held the first one as a memorial ceremony for her late mother in 1908. She trademarked the phrase Mother’s Day in 1912 and then campaigned to make this an officially recognised annual event. It was declared a national holiday in 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson and is held on the second Sunday in May every year.
Mothering Sunday and International Mother’s Day are both important events for members of Mothers’ Union. Every year, we have our Make a Mother’s Day campaign which we use to fundraise to help empower women, children, and communities worldwide to tackle the challenges they face and make positive changes that grow and last. We are delighted that this year so far we have already raised over £80,000 which we help fund projects such as training parenting coordinators in Papua New Guinea who can equip parents and carers with skills to build more fulfilling relationships with their children. You can find out more here: https://makeamothersday.org
We also recognise that it can also be a day of reflection, sadness, and grief for many and so our members will also make sure they take the time to pray and acknowledge all who may find the day difficult.
A Prayer for Mother’s Day:
Thank you for mums and children
and for all the joy of family life.
Be with those who are grieving because they have no mother.
Be close to those who are struggling because they have no children.
Be near to those who are sad because they are far apart from those they love.
Let your love be present in every home,
And help your church to have eyes to see and ears to hear the needs of all who come.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Church of England