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Open Letter From a Single Mom

Children's Ministry Magazine

SingleDear Children's Minister,

I love my church, but sometimes I feel like my church doesn't love me.

God has used my church to give my three kids the security and continuity they needed when our world seemed to be falling apart. I don't know what I would've done without this haven for my children.

But time after time, I've wanted to leave my church. It's like the minute I got a divorce, I became invisible. Only a handful of people would even greet me. I don't know if people were just uncomfortable around me because of the divorce, but their silence hurt deeply. The great programs for my children kept me from leaving.

It wasn't that I didn't want to get involved. You see, I was always willing to help out with kids' programs, but even then I felt like an outsider. Once, I volunteered to help sponsor my kids' trip to Worlds of Fun. I sat at a ride for two hours so all the kids could check in with me. Afterward, I tried to find someone to ride with. But I couldn't. It was one of the loneliest times I've ever experienced. Other people just take it for granted that there's always someone to talk to and have fun with. But for a single parent, there isn't.

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