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23 March 2014

Celebrating mums for good

Celebrating mums for good

Mother's Day is an opportunity to celebrate mums, but for many it's a difficult day. So why not combine celebration with inspiration by providing a vision of a church that worships by caring?

Home for Good has produced an inspiring video and resources as inspiration for Mother's day as well as a photo competition.In the run up to Mother's day the Mums for Good campaign, part of the Home for Good initiative, has been asking what people appreciate about their mother or the highs and lows of being a mum.

The Mums for Good photo competition has been offering a chance for individuals or families to express appreciation of their mother or demonstrate what motherhood means to them through images. Photos have been coming in from around the UK from competition participants and the winner of a professional family photo shoot will be announced for Mother's day on 30 March. There are a few days left to enter the competition at www.homeforgood.org.uk/mumsforgood or you can just tweet your photo using #mums4good  

Krish Kandiah, founder of Home for Goodand executive director of churches in mission at the Alliance, said:"Join us in a celebration of motherhood and help find homes for the 6,000 children across theUKthat are waiting for a mum in their lives.9,000 more foster families are also urgently needed, we know there are thousands of mums out there who could give them a loving home."

A short film features Diane-LouiseJordan, Rachel Gardner and Claire Charter talking about the highs and lows of being a mum. The twist at the end of the film is that these three mums have all adopted children. Please watch it, share it online and show it during your Mother's Day service. Watch and download the film now.

Home for Good are encouraging churches to envision the congregation to create a supportive environment for families – including families that foster and adopt. "We believe that churches can be excellent places for foster carers and adoptive families to be supported, and children in care to feel welcomed. Sadly, for many foster carers and adoptive parents, Sunday mornings can be the hardest time of the week," says Phil Green, Home for Good programme manager. 

The Mother's day campaign can tie in with Adoption Sunday and the resources pack that helps create adoption themed services. Adoption Sunday PackHome for Good aims to change the culture in local churches throughout the UK, to make adopting and fostering a significant part of their life and ministry; both in terms of encouraging people to adopt or foster, and supporting those who do. More at Mums for Good