MANATEE -- The Source, a contemporary church in Bradenton, is offering a girl's night out with Katy Perry's mom, Mary Hudson.
The pop star's mother will be at the church SHE Night from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
Joanne Hoehne, co-pastor at The Source church, met Katy Perry's parents, Mary and Keith Hudson, at a women's conference in Indiana three years ago. Hoehne said they have been good friends ever since.
This is the third SHE Night in a row for the Source church, which held the event when Hudson was in town last year. This year they have "vamped it up," Hoehne said.
The Source is expecting about 150 women for the night of pampering, which will feature a chocolate bar, dancing, a photographer and a red carpet. Hoehne said men dressed in suits will greet guests at the door.
"It's so they can feel special and know they are cherished and appreciated," Hoehne said. "Mary has such a unique heart for women, and some of the struggles you face as a mom."
As the mother to a famous and sometimes controversial singer, Hudson said she understands what it is like to be a mom as well as the importance of having events and ministries geared toward women.
"Men are the headline but women are the detail," Hudson said. "When women get together, we are the connectors. We are the ones interested in relationships. Men are the hunter gatherers."
Hudson said much can be done to encourage women, especially in hard times such as depression.
"I like to see women raised up and, instead of victims, become victors," Hudson said.
Hudson said she plans on giving the message Saturday of rising up to become trailblazers and thinking outside of the box. Hudson said as a mom of three, the best advice she can give is to encourage a son's or daughter's individual gifts.
"We all have individual gifts, different DNA, a different iris in our eyes and different fingerprints," Hudson said. "Every child has a unique ability. A mother is keen and can sense that."
Hudson said parents should encourage children to develop their talents, adding that a mother can see what children often overlook in themselves.
"My daughter, Katy, is a really gifted writer," Hudson said. "In the first grade, she entered a reading contest and read more than anyone in the class, and she beat the boys. It gave her the propensity to write and express herself."
Hudson said she deals with having a famous daughter by keeping it as normal as possible when the family is together.
"We still do birthdays and Christmas and Thanksgiving. You can't let it overwhelm you," Hudson said. "We just don't Google her too much."
Perry's parents have busy schedules themselves. They were in Malaysia for ministry last month.
They will be at a women's conference in California in January, and in May and October will be in Hawaii for conferences.
The Hudsons also support women in domestic violence shelters. They have been in ministry for the past 35 years.
"We encourage the women how to overcome, and that they are valuable, Hudson said. "There have been amazing transformations that we have seen, and that is worth it all."
Hudson said she plans to reach out to other women and mothers through humor. Whatever her children do, Hudson said they get through by laughter.
"The joy of the Lord if your strength," Hudson said. "You don't draw people to the Lord by being depressed. You do so by relaxing and praising and worshipping and thanking."
Mary and Keith Hudson will also be in the service Sunday.
Hoehne said she hopes for a large crowd this weekend.
"We want as many people as possible to come out and be a part of it," Hoehne said.
The Source is at 5412 E. State Road 64 in Bradenton.
For more information on the Hudson's ministry, visit Keithhudson.org/ariseconferences
Erica Earl, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7081.