As a part of our celebration of Mothering Sunday (14th March this year – it is fixed as the 4th Sunday in Lent) all three of our churches distributed flowers.
At St Mary’s in Bradley, a potted plant was delivered to members, while St John’s took daffodils. St Andrew’s in Kildwick took a different approach and, following local publicity, placed bunches of daffodils in the church porch and invited all members of the community to take flowers from their Mother Church.
Based on the fact that they were all gone, well before lunch, this appears to have been a popular move! I hope that many people were blessed.
“Mothering Sunday”, unlike the American “Mothers’ Day” which happens in May, is historically a time when people gathered at their Mother Church. It was not an exclusive celebration of mothers.