Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. (James 1:27 NIV)
I have been travelling across the Commonwealth leading Sunday School training events over this Summer. I still don’t know of many churches reaching single moms. Here is hjust a reminder of how to reach them. Single moms is the fastest growing population of people groups in the U.S. today. There are over 19 million singles moms raising over 47 million children. 58% of the births last year were to single moms. 95% of single moms are unchurched. They do not feel as though they fit anywhere, or they are judged. They are open to a loving church that will accept them where they are, but not sure where that is. When they see a church has a class/small group for them, they come and bring their friends along with their children. What can you do to reach this population?
- Start a new class specifically for single moms. This may begin in a home, public meeting place or the church based on your culture. Most single moms are of the Millennial generation with some suspicion of the institutional church. Finding single moms in your church to help start this class may be the best solution, as they can tell friends and have empathy for other single moms.
- Provide a Mom’s night out and/or a special dinner. Offer to watch their children one evening while they go grocery shopping, clean house/wash clothes, have a dinner date or just get away for a while. Single moms are working and then have all the childcare/parenting duties when they get home.
Providing a dinner for the moms and children with some play time and devotional may be great as well-Perhaps using one of my other blogs as a theme: https://tonystopic.com/2014/03/11/children-parents-sunday-school-color-my-world-2/
- Adopt a grandchild. Katrina and I were fortunate to have two special ladies while I was Pastor of Bethel Baptist: Janice Burton and Virginia Clark that adopted our two when we were many miles from grandparents. Both children still think about them often. You have older adults who do not have children or their grandchildren live far away. Many would love to have time with children for a few hours or more and share God’s love with them.
The bottom line is we have an opportunity to love on people and reach people for Christ. Are you willing?