With posies prepared on Saturday morning, we gathered at St Giles’ on Sunday for a special service to celebrate all mums and others who nurture us. Traditionally, this Sunday was a day off for those who worked away from their home in domestic service to return to their “mother church”. However, in the UK, this has gradually been transformed into Mother’s Day, which is celebrated in May in some other countries.
In Stoke Poges, as in other churches across the country, we now take the opportunity to give thanks for everything our mothers, and those who stand in for them, do in our lives. We gave daffodil posies to them at the end of the service as a small token of thanks. It was lovely to have the uniformed groups with us for the service too, along with brand new mums, great-grandmas, foster and adoptive parents and all the generations in between.
In the reading and his sermon, Andrew reminded us of the steadfast love of Jesus’ mother, Mary, who knew for many years that both awful and wonderful things would happen to her son. What a joy and a challenge it is to be a mum.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to our service – and thanks Mum!