Graham McDonald from Children of the World, a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ Australia, has compiled this history of Mother's Day highlighting the Christian foundation of the annual event.
Celebration of Mothers over the centuries has appeared in varying forms and traditions since and possibly before Roman times.
In the 1600s’ the Church of England instigated Mothering Sunday in recognition of Mary the Mother of Jesus. Later this religious celebration was expanded to include honouring all mothers. As time passed, this celebration slowly disappeared from the church calendar.
The seed for Mother’s Day that we celebrate today had its beginning in 1858 with Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis a Christian lady who was working to heal the nation after the Civil War. Her strategy was to promote and elevate the important role of mothers and help them to create healthier and more hygienic homes.
The latest Global Aid Network newsletter is now available for download. It features updates on the GAiN Board, the Typhoon Haiyan Relief & Restoration Project, a report on the 2014 Philippines Medical Mission, and information about the upcoming India Medical Mission taking place in September this year. Download: May 2014 GAiN Newsletter (659Kb)
We’ve just launched our crowd-funding campaign to raise $5,000 for “The Parting Gift”, and we’d like to ask your help.
"The Parting Gift" is a 5 minute short film, illustrating the Christian perspective on how God relentlessly pursues all of us with His love. The film is being made in partnership with Student Life with the goal of showing it to thousands of university students to help start conversations about Jesus across Australia.
How can you help?
The more people who find out about our project the better! It would be a huge help if you could share this video with your friends.
You can make a contribution towards our $5,000 goal at:
Our Global Church Movements (GCM) ministry is launching MC² (Multiplying faith Communities and Churches) training in Melbourne this May. Our VP for GCM, Bekele Shanko, a world class Ethiopian leader, will be in Australia to run the training orientation over three days. Learn more.
CCCA is co-sponsoring a National Missional Summit in partnership with Youth for Christ Australia, Praxeis, MOVE, and Oikos.
This summit is for people making a difference, growing the Kingdom, transforming communities, making disciples of Jesus and seeing new faith communities develop.
Join in to hear the stories, be part of the conversation, get inspired, challenged and equipped for what God is doing.
Dates: 4pm Friday 23rd to 1:30pm Sunday 25th May 2014
Venue: Oasis Camp, Mt Evelyn, Victoria
Info at: www.oikos.org.au