Sunday night at Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in North Augusta, all women, moms included, will be treated to a formal, sit-down dinner while the church’s youths cook, serve and clean up.
“We’ll send each of the women home with a small gift honoring all the ways they have contributed, enriched and strengthened our common life as a Christian community,” said youth director David Henson.
This weekend, churches across the area will celebrate women in honor of Mother’s Day.
Events range from the time-honored and traditional to unorthodox and original.
HIS Community Church in Augusta will have a Christian Forrest Gump impersonator who will perform a one-hour play about motherhood and family values.
Members of the Unitarian Uni-versalist Church of Augusta will share life lessons learned from their mothers at Sunday’s worship service.
An all-male chorus will perform in honor of moms at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Aiken this Sunday.
“They’ve been rehearsing for a while, sound great and will be used in place of our Chancel Choir, to give the women in choir a break,” said Midge Rothrock, the church’s communications director.
The church is in a special position to honor women, said Barbara Richardson, women’s ministry director at Midland Valley First Church of the Nazarene in Clearwater. Last weekend, the church held its 15th annual Mother-Daughter Garden Party. On Sunday, moms attending church will be treated to muffins.
“We try to treat our moms really well,” Richardson said. “I believe you should treasure your mom while you have her here. They are God’s gift to us. We want them to know they’re appreciated.”
This weekend, women at Saint Bartholomew’s will be sent home with a notecard bearing the images of great women from the Bible and history.
“On it are women who have bettered this world in a variety of ways, including their individual commitments to justice, equality, faith, compassion and peace. It has a woman for almost every experience of the women in our community,” Henson said.
“It has Mary and Elizabeth from the Gospels, which honors the courage and dedication of mothers. It has Hildegard of Bingen, who at a time when few women even wrote, produced incredible works of theology, consulted with powerful leaders and wrote detailed treatises on natural medicine. It has Harriet Tubman, a woman who broke the law to lead others to freedom. It has Dorothy Day, whose work for justice and a better society is almost unparalleled.
“We wanted to honor all the ways in which women make our world better, not just through child-rearing, as important as that is.”