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The Mother's Union in 2018

In January 2018, we started with our AGM and fun pictoral review of the last year.

 

In February, our first speaker was our very own Geoff Thompson who talked about "gifts for ministry".  He led the planning of our successful mission last year.  He brings his experience as a senior banker, and worked with an ecumenical group, to enable a great deal to happen, as we reached out to our community.  He led us in considering the gifts that we all bring.

 

In March, we were delighted to welcome back Elizabeth Megahey who had been a previous branch leader in Uppingham.  She talked about women in the Bible taking examples from the Old and New testaments.  These are great examples to us all, especially as this year our theme is following in the steps of Mary Sumner the founder of MU.

After the meeting we again enjoyed a meal at the Falcon

 

 

On Maundy Thursday Jill Cannings, branch leader received Maundy money from the Queen at Windsor in St George's chapel.  This is given for services to church and community.

 

 

 

In April, one of our newer members, Linda Bosworth talked about "God of surprises."  She told of her gradual journey to faith and ministry and some of the surprises, challenges and fun along the way.  What a blessing to have her and husband David  in our midst.

 

 

Also in April during a Sunday service we welcomed Isobel Newbold who was enrolled as a new member.  She is seen here with Jill, who was taking the service, and Nicky who as an MU member faithfully leads our servers.

 

 

In May our speaker was Florence Morton a spiritual dorector.  Her talk was called "Do we really listen to each other".  This is a skill that we need to nurture as we seek to love one another.  the session was interactive and very interesting and challenging.

 

In June 12 0f our members attended a quiet day at the home of Cathy Dyson.  Otheres enjoyed the usual Eucharist and then a coffee in the Falcon.

 

 

 

 

Our speaker in July was Nick Clarke who gave an illustrated talk about a second trip to walk some of the more remote parts of the Camino Way in Northern Spain..
We also welcomed our new members Janet and Jasie.

 

 

 

 

The Mothers' Union in 2017

January 2017, We started our year with a talk from Pamela Woods who shared her experience and photos of one of our links, Soroti.

In February we had the AGM including the usual reports and a pictorial review.

In March we supported the Women’s World Day of prayer and were successful in involving some new people in this service. At our meeting Cathy Dyson stood in as our speaker and told us about her recent prison ministry.  Also in March we had our Lady Day Eucharist.

In April we had 2 speakers from the International Justice Mission whose work combats all forms of gender injustice.

In May many of us were very involved with the Mission.  We hosted the deanery service as part of this and invited friends from Corby.  At our May meeting Anna Wilkinson told us of her amazing story of faith and healing.

In June, we again appreciated a quiet day at the home of Cathy Dyson in Greetham.  The led reflection was excellent, and she offered generous hospitality.  We ended by sharing a home Eucharist. 

In July, our speaker was the Rector who showed us many of the features of our church that we probably fail to notice.

 

In August, Oakham branch led our Mary Sumner celebration with a service at Whissendine church, and an interesting talk by someone who had worked at Old Alresford, where Mary Sumner started MU.  We had a wonderful meal at the local pub, complete with magic!

In September, we had an open meeting and instead of a speaker shared some of our experiences of being members. Also in September, we had our wave of prayer service when we join with all MU members across the world in prayer.  This was led by Moyra, and held in the Methodist church, which will be our preferred venue for future such services.

In October, Ketton hosted the Deanery quiet morning.  After time for reflection they provided a wonderful full sit-down meal in their church hall.

In November, we paid our subscriptions and had a raffle.

And finally, in December Janet Wardle and Canon Rachel organised a Christmas vigil to reflect on worldwide gender abuse.  We ended the year with our Christmas party and meal at “Crossways”.

I hope you agree we had a very full, varied programme of speakers, outings, special

 

 

Three reasons to join us

Join the largest Christian worldwide organisation supporting families

Ensure that we can continue our MU branch support to families in our community

Have fun and fellowship as we celebrate our faith and 140 years of MU

 

The Mary Sumner Prayer

Written in 1876 by Mothers' Union founder, Mary Sumner

All this day, O Lord,
let me touch as many lives as possible for thee;
and every life I touch, do thou by thy spirit quicken,
whether through the word I speak,
the prayer I breathe,
or the life I live. Amen.

The prayer of the Mother’s Union

Loving Lord
We thank you for your love so freely given to us all.
We pray for families around the world.
Bless the work of the Mothers’ Union as we seek to share
your love through the encouragement, strengthening and
support of marriage and family life.
Empowered by your Spirit, may we be united in prayer
and worship, and in love and service reach out as your
hands across the world.
In Jesus’ name.
Amen

MU vision, mission and aims
Vision: Our vision is of a world where God's love is shown through loving, respectful, and flourishing relationships.
Mission: To demonstrate the Christian faith in action by the transformation of communities worldwide through the nurture of the family in its many forms.
Objectives:
• To support family life
• To encourage parents in their role to develop the faith of their children
• To maintain a worldwide fellowship of Christians united in prayer, worship and service
• To promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life and the protection of children
• To help those whose family life has met with adversity

MU national website

www.mothersunion.org