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11 March 2015

What does Mothering Sunday mean to you?

What does Mothering Sunday mean to you?

Mothers, Home for Good and Songs of Praise

Mothering Sunday can be a difficult day for many, but Home for Good is helping church leaders give Mothering Sunday services that address the whole range of positive and negative feelings that are present in our churches.

The Christian charity, which aims to make adoption and fostering a significant part of the life and ministry of the UK Church, has produced two short films to celebrate the diversity of motherhood this Mothering Sunday.

The film 'What does Mother's Day mean to you?' is a sensitive portrayal of the range of emotions associated with the day and the second film 'Becoming mum' hears from women who became mothers through adoption.

Home for Good founder Krish Kandiah, an adoptive and foster parent, said: "We think Mother's Day is a great opportunity to champion the needs of children that haven't got mothers that are able to look after them. We're really excited that Home for Good has the opportunity to talk about the needs of children in care. This is a fantastic opportunity for people to engage at a heart level as well as a mind level on these really important issues for our nation."

This Sunday, 15 March at 5pm, Home for Good will feature on BBC1's iconic Songs of Praise celebrating Mothering Sunday with stories of adoption and fostering. The programme will highlight the potential for a coordinated response from the Church towards children in need of a loving family.

Songs of Praise presenter Diane Louise Jordan, who has an adopted daughter, said: "I'm overwhelmed with excitement that there's an initiative like Home for Good, championing every child that needs a family.

"There's nothing that can replace the love of a family and every single child needs to be individually known and individually loved in order to stand a chance to flourish."

After filming at St Lukes Oseney Crescent Church in London she added: "I passionately want every single church in this country to not just seriously consider this but to actually take it as part of God's mandate for their lives. I think if we are really serious about saying that we're Christians, it's a fundamental thing for us to do. I just don't know how we could actually say all the things that we say, and all the things that we believe, and not take care of the orphans in our midst. We have to do it."

A special Mothering Sunday prayer by 24-7 Prayer is also available.

Home for Good works together with Care for the Family and the Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) and is dedicated to raising awareness of the need for foster and adoptive parents, encouraging families to provide loving homes for the children in care, and equipping the Church to offer welcoming communities for them.