Children are not the only people who celebrate Mother's Day in Sunday School. In the U.S., adult Sunday School classes honor the female class members who are mothers -- and the mothers of the class members -- on the first Sunday in May. Europeans honor mothers with similar love and focus on the fourth Sunday in Lent. Sunday School teachers prepare lessons that celebrate the bond between mother and child and the value of Christian parenting.
Famous Bible Mothers
Develop a Mother's Day Sunday School lesson that looks at the loving attributes of some Bible mothers as examples of how Christian mothers should live their lives and love their children. For example, the Bible presents Jesus' mother as loving and concerned about her child, even accompanying him to Calvary (John 19:25). Paul praises Timothy's mother and grandmother as women of devout faith. The Proverbs 31 woman provides another honorable example of the loving parent, faithful wife and able businesswoman.
Biblical Parenting Advice
Deliver a Sunday School lesson that provides biblical parenting advice. Find appropriate verses, such as Psalm 127:3, which states: "Children are a gift from the Lord; babies are a reward." And Proverbs 19:18 says: "Correct your children while there is still hope; do not let them destroy themselves." Proverbs 22:6 advises: "Train children to live the right way, and when they are old, they will not stray from it." Alternatively, ask older women who have successfully raised their children to provide some helpful wisdom to newer parents.
Barrenness and Blessings
Mother's Day Sunday School lessons can focus on various women in the Bible who desired children but suffered through a period of barrenness. Examples include Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Hannah, Manoah's wife, the Shunammite woman and John the Baptist's mother, Elizabeth. The lesson shows how God provides children as a sign of blessing and favor. Alternatively, Hannah, Manoah's wife, Elizabeth and Jesus' mother could provide examples of how to respond when God promises to provide a very special child of promise.
God's Mothering Nature
The Bible includes several places where God is described with nurturing, feminine characteristics such as Isaiah 49:15 where he promised not to forget his people, Isaiah 66:13 where God promised to comfort his children in Jerusalem and Matthew 23:37 where Jesus compares God to a mother bird gathering her young under her wings to protect them. A Mother's Day Sunday School lesson using these Scriptures expresses the nurturing, loving way God deals with believers as a mother cares for her children. Give thanks for God's parenting example. Alternatively, use the Scriptures to acknowledge that some men act as both father and mother to their children and that people of both genders who have no natural children can provide loving homes and relationships to children. Such a lesson honors all who provide nurturing love to children.
- BBC: Mothering Sunday
- Nurturing God’s Way: About Us
- Rachel's Writings: Women and Infertility in the Bible
- Mars Hill: The Nature and Attributes of God
- Bible Gateway: 2 Timothy 1:5; New Century Version; Thomas Nelson; 2005
- Bible Gateway: Psalm 127:3; New Century Version; Thomas Nelson; 2005
- Bible Gateway: Proverbs 19:18; New Century Version; Thomas Nelson; 2005
- Bible Gateway: Proverbs 22:6; New Century Version; Thomas Nelson; 2005