Discover Life Church holds shower for unwed, expectant moms in Brevard

Discover Life Church member Ariel Long remembers what it was like to be young, single and pregnant.

So when expectant moms were mentioned in a sermon at the Melbourne church earlier this year, Long said, she told her husband: “I think this is confirmation … I’ve had this idea for so long.”

“This idea” came to fruition Saturday, in the form of three back-to-back “community baby showers” for about 50 unwed, expectant mothers and their guests from around the Space Coast. Each party, for which moms-to-be pre-registered, featured vendors representing agencies who work with families and children, speakers, games, food, raffles and gifts which came from church members and donors communitywide.

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

“It was a struggle … more than anything, though I might not have known it in the moment, I needed community. I needed love. I needed that outpouring of love from those who were around me.”

Assistant pastor Anthony Hatcher welcomes mothers-to-be and their supporters to Discover Life Church in Melbourne for Saturday's Community Baby Shower.  Craig Bailey/FLORIDA TODAY via USA TODAY NETWORK

An outpouring of help for event coordinator Long’s plans came from assistant pastor Anthony Hatcher, associate pastor Austin Green, other church staff, a social media blast from the church’s production group and a lot of word of mouth. Gifts, from diapers to car seats and baby shampoo to strollers, contained personal items moms had requested.

“Two months later, here we are,” Long said. “Probably at least 200 people spread news of this on Facebook.”

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