How can we, as loving, compassionate, members of the global body of Christ, reach out and show love to single moms? Maybe the single moms in your life seem like they have it all together. There are some amazingly, strong single moms today, and many are achieving success parentally, financially, educationally, and emotionally, while finding great freedom in their walk with the Lord. But even those strong, amazing single moms could use an occasional helping hand.
Here are a few practical ways you can serve a single mom and brighten her day:
– Babysit for free and do it often. Single mothers often work many hours per week and do not want to ask for help. They may even work a second or third job, or be attending a local college, too. Babysitting can be expensive. Encourage single mothers in your life to take the night off. They need it.
– Offer to grocery shop for them. Shopping is a simple task, but shop alone with three children hanging from the buggy and you’ll see the challenge many single parents face weekly.
– Give her some girl time. Sometimes the best way to serve a single mom is to invite her for coffee for some adult conversation.
– Start a single parent support group in your church. What a way to be the body of Christ! Start a Bible study, support group, ministry or ongoing Sunday School Class just for single parents. Give them a place to feel comfortable, seen, valued, and welcomed inside your church walls. Show them that you, as a church, see the needs they have and want to give them a unique opportunity to fellowship with their peers. There is great value in gathering people who are in similar life seasons.
Other Ways to Serve Single Moms:
- Wash & fold clothes.
- Offer a word of encouragement.
- Buy them a free car wash & oil change.
- Create a homemade inspirational book of Scriptures.
- Rent a movie & provide popcorn for a movie night.
- Yard work.
- Perform carpentry, home repairs, and odd & end jobs.
- Provide gas money or groceries.
- Save your travel-sized toiletries from hotel rooms and donate them.
- Clean house.
- Cook a meal, or even help plan meals for the week.
- Buy her lunch.
- Write a handwritten, personal note.
- Start a run/walk group where single moms can bring their kids for exercise & girl-time.
- Give a single mom a rose.
- Bring cookies & baked goods.
- Bring a gift basket full of goodies.
- Offer cleaning supplies. (They are expensive!)
- Offer a day of window shopping, coffee, and a ride through town.
- Visit them!
- Offer tutoring service for her children.
- Cut her grass.
- Pray for her.
- Play dress up with makeup, hair, & clothes.
The Life of a Single Mom is a national, faith-based, nonprofit that exists to see that no single mom walks alone. To date, we have worked with more than 1,500 churches & community groups to start or improve a single mom’s support group in cities throughout the U.S. and beyond. We have a large array of books, curriculum, training materials, and online instructional videos to support ministry leaders who lead single moms. Our single mom programs focus on empowering single moms to grow spiritually, emotionally, financially, and parentally through a number of projects including: Single Mom University, Single Moms Across America, the National TLSM Single Moms Conference, and a variety of programs throughout the U.S. For more information, visit www.thelifeofasinglemom.com