Last Monday Jason and I gathered around his brother Dan and his wife Ginger along with 7 of their closet friends to give them a baby shower. Not the gift kind of baby shower—we’ve already done that—this was a prayer shower. We all went around and prayed blessings over their baby girl, the upcoming birth, the new parents, their home and gave thanks for the gift she is and will be to our community of friends and family. It was relaxed and informal but a really special time for the parents-to-be. (I didn’t take any pictures that night but here’s another one from the maternity shoot two days before.)
Have you ever hosted a prayer shower or been to one?
I love this idea!
No, never have. Who had the idea? That is very special and highly overlooked. I kinda feel like a dork for not knowing about that. Wow. You learn something new everyday. This blog has good content. Please keep sharing!!! I just helped a guy move last night and he’s getting married tomorrow. I thought of doing some kind of house blessing but this is so well put and covers all the bases. Neat.
Dan and Ginger also had a prayer shower before their wedding 5 years ago with most of the same people present. It really was an special time. Those are the only two I’ve ever been to. I think a prayer shower really is a great idea for any big life change. It’s a great way to get community and friends involved in the transition. I definitely recommend it.
I’ve never heard of this, but I love it! This would be a fun thing to do for a bride as well–I’m thinking maybe as an alternative to the ever popular bachelorette party. Thanks for sharing!
Found you through Molly Piper’s blog.
Yes! I am a huge fan of prayer showers or what my community calls hosting a “blessing.”
I have been a recipient for all three of my pregnancies. The co-ed ones I have been to are pretty cool. The men and women will separate for a short time to share words of wisdom and/or advice with the dad or mom to be.
Mostly, I have been a part of blessings for moms. These are special because it’s not about gifts, it’s about the special calling of being a mom, so it can be for subsequent births. I think it is important to set aside time for the mom who’s life is about to change (again). 🙂
The guests bring written blessings and they are put together in a blessing book to give to the mom. I have three for each of my kids and they mean so much to me. On the invite, we always include that gifts are not necessary, if it’s a not a first time mom.
Anyways, I had fun perusing your blog!