Originally Mothering Sunday, the fourth Sunday in Lent, was seen as a day to go home and visit the "mother church". These days it is usually seen as an opportunity to celebrate mothers and mothering. There are cards, gifts and posies of flowers given out in church.
But for many Mothering Sunday is painful. There are children (and adults) whose mothers have died or have been unable to bring them up.
There are those who have a difficult relationship with their mother. And there are those who want children and cannot have them, those who have chosen childlessness and those who have lost children to death, miscarriage or stillbirth.
How do we celebrate Mothering Sunday while remaining sensitive to the needs of everyone?
Resources for Mothering Sunday
Drama: Hannah's story divided into three scenes which can be spaced across the service: her meeting with Eli in the temple, the birth of Samuel and taking Samuel to the temple.