Celebrate with us this Mothering Sunday

mother talking to son in kitchen

Supporting families affected by substance misuse

Mothering Sunday, on the fourth Sunday of Lent, is on 22 March this year. It’s a day to celebrate mothers and all those who play a ‘mothering’ or caring role in the lives of others.

This year, our Mothering Sunday resource focuses on how we support parents whose children are involved in substance misuse. Such parents can feel bewildered and ashamed. The support groups are a non-judgmental space to find help and share experiences with other parents in the same situation:

‘A child’s drug use is so hard to deal with, especially as drugs is such a taboo subject and it isn’t something we would discuss with anybody … Coming to [the group] and meeting other parents with similar struggles has been fantastic. Although the children’s problems and issues might be all different we, as parents, still go through all the same emotions and feelings and everyday struggles.’

'...meeting parents with similar struggles has been fantastic.'

Watch our video to hear a parent whose child was affected by drug problems explain how our BRICK group supported her:

Our Mothering Sunday resource focuses on how the church can be a ‘mother’ in the community and can help those who are struggling. Resources include:

  • An introduction to the family support groups run by The Children’s Society
  • An all-age talk and creative response ideas on John 19.25b-27 – how can we support others in our communities, especially parents, in need?
  • Talk idea on Colossians 3.12-17
  • Children’s group activities on Colossians 3.12-17
  • Youth group activities on Colossians 3.12-17
  • Prayers and intercessions
  • Suggested hymn list
  • Takeaway colouring card