We Celebrate She Free Printable
If you're looking for a way to honour all the women of your community this Mother's Day, we have a great free resource called 'We Celebrate She'. Featuring a Remembrance card and a Thankfulness card, this provides all people the opportunity to reflect on their relationships with women in their lives.
Print the cards yourself, and give people the opportunity to pick either the Thankfulness or Remembrance card to write prayer and reflection on at your Mother's Day meeting. Providing a space to truly rejoice with those who are rejoicing and mourn with those who are mourning is a Biblical concept. This is something we should be especially mindful of over Mother's Day.
(Back side of card) 'Thankfulness for those you love and have learned from. May God bless her legacy, in the manner of Mary Magdalene, Martha, Priscilla, Junia, Abigail, Huldah and Elizabeth'.
Mother's Day is an opportunity to reflect on all the things our mothers and mother-figures did right! We can rejoice because of the sacrifices the women in our lives made to teach and grow us. The thankfulness card offers us space to write thanks to these women.
'We rejoice with you.'
(Back side of card) 'Remembrance for those you have loved, hoped for and lost. May God comfort you, in the manner of Hannah and Hagar, Esther, Anna, Sarah, Leah and Mary and Bathsheeba.'
Mother's Day is also an opportunity for all women who carry hurt, loss and disappointment to be surrounded by community or given space to grieve. We allow space for their pain. All of us can join in remembrance and reflection as we think of the women dear to us.
Holding a Hannah Service using the Remembrance card
The remembrance cards are a great resource for 'Hannah Services' - church meetings specifically to provide space for women who have lived with 'infertility, pregnancy loss, infant loss and medical diagnoses that prevent pregnancy'.
Click here for a Hannah Service outline, worship suggestions and downloads, courtesy of Watts Street Baptist Church's Hannah Ministry.
Our WM friend Sarah Micula, Women's Ministries Program Specialist in The Salvation Army USA. Sarah will be producing an article in a few weeks detailing how to run a Hannah Service in your corps.
'We remember with you.'
Ways to use We Celebrate She cards
- Print: After you have printed enough of the cards below (double-sided), cut them to size. Print enough for everyone to have one each should they want. NB: These don't specifically say 'Mother's Day', so you can use the extras at another event if you have leftovers.
- Use: Have the cards up the front of your meeting in labelled baskets. Give people the opportunity to come and pick either a Remembrance or Thankfulness card and a pen. Provide a time of reflection where people can write thoughts or prayers on the back of the cards.
- Follow up: Tailor a sermon to tie in with what you are asking people to do with these. The Thanksgiving card reflections could be delivered to the women being celebrated, or shared in Bible Studies or small groups at a later date. The Remembrance card, especially, is an opportunity for sharing and prayer for those who are willing to be vulnerable.
We Celebrate She is an awesome opportunity for us to genuinely and truly celebrate women, in remembrance and thanksgiving. We hope this blesses you! Head over to our Facebook Page to let us know how you used them!