Mother’s Day Runaways Service
Saturday 25th March, 6pm, Lady Chapel, Liverpool Cathedral
A service for those who normally avoid church on Mothering Sunday.
The Mother’s Day Runaways service offers a safe space for those who find Mothering Sunday difficult. Whatever your story, whether you’re grieving the loss of a mother, the loss of a child, or a baby through miscarriage, whether you’re struggling with infertility or childlessness, singleness or a difficult relationship, whether you never even knew your mother or any other reason why you might find Mothering Sunday painful, this quiet, reflective service has been designed with you in mind. It will be an informal gathering, where you will be guided through an hour long service including liturgy, poetry, music and stories acknowledging the bittersweet emotions surrounding Mothering Sunday, offering the space to grieve, teaching us how to lament and inviting the God who loves us into our stories of struggle.
If you would like to find out more about this service or would like to have a copy of our free Church Resource pack designed to help you host your own Mother’s Day Runaways service, go to the Contact Us section on Saltwater and Honey and get in touch!
Hi Lizzie, I love this, my dad sent me the link. I sent you an email through the contact page and would love to hear some more. I have a condition called MRKH which means I can’t carry my own children and this blog is really good!
Hi Charlie, thanks so much for your comment. I’m so sorry to hear about your condition and what that means for your plans to have a family, it’s not fair. I’m glad you’ve found our blog helpful and I hope you received the email with more details. Lots of love xx
Hi Lizzie – so sorry I only just saw this message! I didnt get an email with more details though? would you be able to resend? Xxx
Hi Charlie, sorry, ever since the Mother’s day runaways stuff the blog has been playing up so we’ve not been getting notifications, I’ll try to make sure you get sent the stuff today. Sorry for the delay and I hope you still find it helpful. xxxx
Lizzy I never thought I would have found honest, real people who could share their stories in such profound ways. I have identified with all of the stories and experiences of grief/loss. I am a married Christian and is childless also. My health issues have caused our marriage to be childless. My husband is fertile and I have been wrestling with the idea as regards whether we should use a donor egg to have a child, however, I have been having sleeplessness nights and horrible dreams as I feel that should I agree to join his sperm with a woman’s egg we would have committed adultery!
I cant discuss it with anyone and toad to my distress I have never heard the issue addressed in church.
Thank you so much for your comment and your encouragement.Thank you also for sharing some of your story. Your pain is very legitimate and there is a such a complexity to the grief of infertility and the way it impacts our relationships, especially our marriages so please know you’re not alone in feeling this way. I also totally understand the struggle of not finding people to share your story with which just makes it more isolating. Please know that there is no shame in how you feel or your reaction to this huge decision. All of us at Saltwater and Honey have had counselling and we always recommend it. The issue is rarely addressed in church which is such a shame. There is a Christian Couples retreat day we help at called Rhythm of Hope that you could have a look at as they talk about all aspects of the experience of infertility, including ethics and the medical questions and struggles that come with it. Sending you so much love, you’re not the only one, it’s okay to grieve and your story very much matters to God. It won’t always feel this painful I promise x