Apart from Christmas and Easter, more visitors will stream into church on Mother’s Day than on any other Sunday. It’s the perfect opportunity to nurture the moms in your church. But are you ready?
Your regular attendees will know the Sunday morning drill, but you want to make sure your guests feel welcome and free of stress—particularly the mothers, who tend to be the primary ones responsible for getting everyone where they need to be.
Here are four key areas to focus on to help make your church inviting, especially for moms:
1. The Parking Lot
Make it obvious to everyone where to go once they enter your parking lot. If you have a visitor parking section, be sure it’s visible. And from there, post greeters nearby to inform mothers and families of childcare options and point them in the right direction. Otherwise, they’ll follow the crowds and who knows where they’ll end up.
2. Children’s Check-In Area
As any parent knows, the children’s check-in area can be fraught with chaos, especially for a visiting family. Consider going over and above your regular staffing plan in this space. Ask some childcare workers to stand farther away from the check-in area so that they can be seen easily. Instruct them to welcome people, offer any assistance, and share guidance on your process from drop-off to pick-up. Also, if necessary, consider having them act as personal guides, walking alongside visitors throughout the check-in process.
Make sure moms and all visitors know where your facilities are. Don’t leave them guessing. And if you have family restrooms, make sure these are especially visible this coming Sunday. You might consider adding new, temporary signage to make restrooms especially obvious to visitors.
4. Family Worship Areas
Give your mothers and visiting family members a place to continue worshipping if they need to leave the sanctuary to tend to a child’s needs. Some churches broadcast the service on screens located in the lobby. Others have designated cry rooms for families to use when they’d rather not take their child inside the sanctuary or into childcare. If your church includes either of these spaces, make sure they’re clearly marked so visitors know they’re available. If your church does not offer these options, consider setting up a special designated space in your building to provide such services. While you may not be able to do it every Sunday, Mother’s Day would be a great time to offer something new.
Mother’s Day can be an especially emotional day for people, and many may be coming to your church this Sunday with great needs. Taking these steps may help the moms in your church feel cared for and nurtured.