Discover Life Church showers for unmarried expectant mothers in Brevard

Ariel Long, a member of Discover Life Church, remembers what it was like when you were young, single and pregnant.

So when expectant mothers were mentioned in a sermon at Melbourne church earlier this year, Long said, telling her husband, “I think that’s an affirmation…I’ve had this idea for a long time.”

That “idea” came to fruition Saturday, in the form of three consecutive “community baby showers” for about 50 single expectant mothers and their guests from across the Space Coast. Each party, pre-recorded by mums, featured vendors representing agencies working with families and children, speakers, games, food, raffles and gifts that came from church members and donors throughout the community.

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“I was 15 and had my baby boy at 16,” said Long, who goes on air throughout the first shower.

“It was a struggle…more than anything, even though I probably didn’t know it at the moment, I needed community. I needed love. I needed that love flowing around me.”

Reverend Anthony Hatcher welcomes future mothers and their supporters to Discover Life Church in Melbourne for a community baby shower on Saturday.  Craig Bailey / FLORIDA TODAY via USA TODAY NETWORK

An outpouring of help for event coordinator Long’s plans came from Assistant Reverend Anthony Hatcher, Assistant Reverend Austin Green, and other church staff, social media spreads from the church’s production group and a lot of word of mouth. Gifts, from diapers to car seats and baby shampoo to strollers, contain personal items that mothers have requested.

“After two months, here we are,” Long said. “Maybe at least 200 people have posted news about this on Facebook.”

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