Celebrate Mother's Day 2021 with Willow Creek!

Thank you, mom!

Join Willow Creek for Mother's Day 2021! A Mother's Day service for all–no matter what your relationship with your mother or children looks like.

Visit us for Mother's Day service in-person, at any of our seven Chicagoland campuses or online.

Willow Creek Mother's Day services will take place on Sunday, May 9 at all our campuses, find a location and service time here: willowcreek.org/weekends

You can also view the Mother's Day service online here: willowcreek.org/weekends

Mother's Day Weekend

Motherhood consists of moms from all across the board: working moms, stay-at-home-moms, single moms, adoptive moms, empty-nesters, and moms of children with special needs--just to name a few. On Mother’s Day, women with different backgrounds and journeys gather for a panel discussion and share what being a mom means to them, the highs and lows and everything in-between.

Stories of Motherhood

Leading up to Mother’s Day, we wanted you to hear from women who are on the front lines of being a mom each and every day. We hope their stories and experiences encourage and inspire you, no matter your journey.

Read the Stories

Ways to Celebrate

Say Thank You & Get Creative

Write an email, send a letter, make a card or text fun gifs. Just put down a word of encouragement so she can come back to it when she needs it most. Find a number of craft ideas for Mom or use this step-by-step guide to gratitude. Print out these coloring sheets or download a digital version and give your Super Mom a card, or give mom a gift of "me time", breakfast in bed, a movie night, or more with these printable coupons!

Family Photo Shoot

Get all dressed up, find silly props, or keep it real with your favorite jammies, but document this very unique time.

Speaking of Photos...

Find a favorite picture of her and share it on social media or create a photo book of memories through an online service that sends it directly to her.

For the Moms

The Relate Podcast: Mother's Day Edition

Check out the Relate Podcast for a special episode discussing Mother's Day expectations.

Gratitude and Grieving

Whether you find Mother's Day a time to celebrate or a time of mourning, we put together some resources to help you reflect and connect with God.

Use this blog as a step-by-step guide to gratitude, or read this blog to help you grieve the loss of a mother, child, a difficult relationship, or infertility.

An Inclusive Prayer for Mother's Day

To those who gave birth this year to their first child—we celebrate with you
To those who lost a child this year – we mourn with you
To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains – we appreciate you
To those who experienced loss through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away—we mourn with you
To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment – we walk with you. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is
To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms – we need you
To those who have warm and close relationships with your children – we celebrate with you
To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children – we sit with you
To those who lost their mothers this year – we grieve with you
To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother – we acknowledge your experience
To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood – we are better for having you in our midst
To those who have aborted children - we remember them and you on this day
To those who are single and long to be married and mothering your own children - we mourn that life has not turned out the way you longed for it to be
To those who step-parent - we walk with you on these complex paths
To those who envisioned lavishing love on grandchildren, yet that dream is not to be - we grieve with you
To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year – we grieve and rejoice with you
To those who placed children up for adoption – we commend you for your selflessness and remember how you hold that child in your heart
And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising –we anticipate with you
This Mother’s Day, we walk with you. Mothering is not for the faint of heart and we have real warriors in our midst. We remember you.

By Amy Young (http://messymiddle.com)