The mother is one of the most influential people in a person’s world. And living the stewardship way of life looks very different depending on the season of life that we are in. For mothers of young children, stewardship often looks like devoting that time, talent, and treasure directly into your own “domestic church,” as St. John Paul II described the family.
A mother isn’t always capable of frequent, dedicated prayer time — her prayers come in the fleeting quiet moments of her day. Nor is a mother always able to devote time and energy into acts of service within the community — her service is directed to those that God has placed in her care every single hour of every single day. As those children grow, seasons change, and the mother instills virtues and love of God into her children so that her family becomes a beacon of hope for the future of our society. The family as a whole is able to give of their time, talent, and treasure together.
Recognizing this essential vocation and the role of stewardship within it, the All Saints Moms Group works diligently to support all mothers in the parish. This group is currently overseen by Sarah Hollier and Courtney Schexnayder, both of whom understand the importance of a supportive community.
“Throughout all stages of motherhood, you are constantly looking for support and reassurance,” Sarah says. “When you have a support system of people going through the same things as you, it is the best support you can ask for. And when those people are like-minded and hold the same values as you, it is a different dynamic that you don’t get in groups that aren’t faith based.”
The season of motherhood looks very different for everyone. Knowing how schedules and things vary for people, the Moms Group hosts many different events with a wide variety of times. With monthly meetings, evening meetings, Mom’s Night Out events, Bible studies, playdates, retreats, and community outreach projects, there is something for all of the moms in the parish regardless of the ages, stages, or time constraints that you may have.
“When we see how active our group is and how many different events and activities we have, it is truly a testament to the parish of how All Saints has brought together all these families that are building a community within the parish,” Courtney says. “Our moms have newborn babies all the way through college students. Some events have childcare so moms get a break and we can have fellowship without the demands of the children. There are between 70-100 moms who are active in this ministry and it is incredible to see the faith and friendship of everyone.”
As Sarah notes, the parish’s future is the younger people on the parish.
“Having strong ministries that support them is how we know that the parish will continue to thrive,” she says. “We have moms that grew up in the parish and are now raising their kids here. It speaks to the community and the longevity of the parish here. Seeing our children make friends and grow up here at church is a blessing. It is a safe place and the church is our home away from home.”
We were made for community. In turn, finding fellowship, faith, and support within our church is a beautiful way to support each other in our vocations.
Visit the All Saints Moms Group website — allsaintsdallas.org/momsgroup — to find the schedule of activities and events. And be sure to sign up for their newsletter and join their social media pages to make sure you don’t miss anything!
To learn more, or if you have any questions, contact Sarah Hollier and Courtney Schexnayder at firstname.lastname@example.org.