Centuries ago it was considered important for people to return to their home Church once a year to honour the Virgin Mary. So, each year in the middle of Lent everyone would visit their ‘Mother Church’, the main Church or Cathedral of the area.
Inevitably the return to the ‘Mother Church’ became an occasion for family reunion when children who were working away returned home.
It is thought that the return to ‘Mother Church’ led to the tradition of children, particularly those working as domestic servants or as apprentices being given the day off to visit their mother and family.
As they walked along the county lanes, children would pick wild flowers or violets to take to the Church or give to their mothers as a small gift.
Mother’s Day has become a popular occasion to remember our Mothers and those who care for us. In this service the children of this Church will be exploring the meaning in making a gift of flowers. Then the children will give flowers to members of the congregation as an act of love and appreciation
This Church Family is called to ‘Mother us’ on our Christian journey. God has called us together to be God’s beloved children mutually dependent on each other’s care and encouragement.
Mothering Sunday will be celebrated in all of our Churches and we would be delighted if you would join us.
Marlborough Road Methodist Church, St Albans at 10.30am led by Revd Rosemary Fletche
St John's Potters Bar at 10.30am
Shenley Methodist Church at 10am led by Jan Mitchell
Birchwood Methodist Church in Hatfield at 10.30am led by Gladys Smith
Oxlease Methodist Church, Hatfield at 10.30am led by Vince Gilbert
Hatfield Road Methodist Church, St Albans at 10.30am
Radlett United Free Church at 10.30am led by Revd Andrew Prout
Digswell Village Church, Digswell at 11am led by Stuart Johnson
Ludwick Way Methodist Church in Welwyn Garden City at 10am led by Deacon Linda Kinchenton
Panshanger Church in Welwyn Garden City at 10am led by Revd Nick Young