The church is a wonderful place for community and support. Scripture refers to the community of faith as family and there’s nothing more beautiful in a family than the celebration of children. And there is no one that needs more support than new moms!
Grandmothers are in a great season of life that provides opportunities to minister to young moms. As a grandmother myself, I decided to talk to some young moms to get their input on ways we can minister to them in the church.Grandmothers are in a great season of life that provides opportunities to minister to young moms. Click To Tweet
10 Ways Grandmothers Can Minister to New Mothers in the Church
- Be on the lookout for moms alone with kids.
Single moms, moms who come without their husbands, moms whose husbands are busy serving on Sundays, especially the pastor’s wife – all these moms could use help on Sundays. These moms can feel overwhelmed just getting out of the car and in the door of the church. Offer to help: open a door, carry a diaper bag, or walk in their toddler. Help them get their children checked in and to the nursery. Help them pick up the things they are sure to drop on their way in!
- Learn their names and the names of their children.
Be personal and be encouraging. Let her know you think she is doing a good job as a mother or tell her you know it is hard getting ready for church and getting her children ready too. A smile, a hug, and a word of encouragement really make a difference.
- Volunteer or help start a Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) ministry.
This is a wonderful outreach ministry for your church that focuses specifically on the needs of young moms. This is a wonderful place to plug in and help and encourage young moms both in the church and those in the community.
- Adopt some young moms who don’t live near their own families.
Young moms may really miss living near their biological mother or family. This is a great opportunity to be available in a variety of ways like opening your home up for visits, keeping her child for her to run some errands, and simply being available when needed. When a baby gets sick, a young mom needs a grandmother to call. Be that for her.
- Offer to help counsel or mentor young moms.
Let your pastor or preschool minister know you are available if needed.
- Let young moms see you engaged in the church.
Be a positive, worshipful, serving, and joyful example. Your authentic faith will encourage and strengthen a young mom’s faith.
- Marriage support.
The adjustment of young children can add stress to even a strong marriage. Find ways to encourage and support the marriage relationship whether offering to keep the children for them to have a date, sharing marriage resources with them, or encouraging your church to provide opportunities with a marriage focus.
- Lead a discipleship class or small group for young moms.
Ask young moms how you can pray for them. Be a prayer warrior praying over these young moms and their children.
- Three things to never say to a young mom:
“Wow, you really look tired.”
“I wouldn’t do it that way if I were you.”
“Time flies, one day they will be grown.”
Young moms need grandmothers in their lives, older women who can support, encourage, and cheer them on. Pray and look for opportunities to invest in young moms.Young moms need grandmothers in their lives who can support, encourage, and cheer them on. Click To Tweet
“Older women are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not addicted to much wine. They are to teach what is good, so they may encourage the young women to love their husbands and to love their children, to be self-controlled, pure, homemakers, kind, and submissive to their husbands, so that God’s message will not be slandered.” Titus 2:3-4 HCSB
What are some other ways you think grandmothers can minister to young moms?