Mothers' Union July

Branch Meeting

Thursday 21st June 2018

This month we welcomed Dorothy Marshall, one of our Joint Diocesan Presidents, as our guest speaker. Dorothy shared with us her ‘career’ in the Mothers’ Union, starting out as a young vicar’s wife, who was expected to join the MU, onto being a Branch Leader then Deanery Leader, then trustee in charge of AFIA and then joint Diocesan President. She managed this alongside supporting her husband in his different parishes, raising a family, and working as a magistrate for 31 years.

She reminded us of the size and scope of the Mothers’ Union: four million members worldwide in eighty-four countries - the latest being Chile; the structure of the organisation, with a Worldwide President, two Provincial Presidents (Canterbury and York), Diocesan Presidents, Deanery Leaders and Branch Leaders and how it mirrors the structure of the Church of England.

She spoke of the influence that the Mothers’ Union can, and does, have at local, national and international level and the campaigns that have been supported to strengthen and support family life. Dorothy told us that the Mothers’ Union sends two representatives every year to the United Nations Conference on the Welfare of Women held in New York.

She outlined the Mothers’ Union’s beginnings in Gloucester in 1891, when it was still part of the Bristol diocese, and shared with us the Mothers’ Union’s latest initiative of MULOA – Mothers’ Union Acts, Listens and Observes – and how it is rooted in bible study.

Glenis, our Branch Leader, thanked Dorothy for her interesting and informative talk.

Dates!

Thursday 19th July 1.30pm - 4.30pm, approximately

Branch Outing to Northleach Church

Tour of Church and cream tea – cost £6

Leaving Stonehouse at 1.30pm

Please see Glenis if you would like to go.

 

Thursday 9th August Mary Sumner Day Picnic at

Shurdington Village Hall from 2.30pm – 4.00pm

A get together with other members from across the diocese

  • with a short service at the end.

Bring a picnic and a chair – tea and coffee provided!

Please see Glenis if you would like to go.

 

Monday 3rd September Wave of Prayer

At Joan Vick’s home (18 Quietways)

From 11.20am to 12.10pm.

Please see Glenis if you would like to go.

 

Thursday 20th September Branch Meeting

Wave of Prayer service 7.30pm at Hazelwood

 

Randwick Mothers’ Union Open Meeting

Only Olga and Kay were able to attend this meeting. It was a lovely gathering as usual, and our speaker, Chris Evans, from the ‘Butterfly Farm’ (nothing to do with those delicate insects with pretty wings) was an inspiration.  He spoke for an hour and no one fidgeted!  The funds raised at this, £178.00, after expenses, were divided between the MU Summer of Hope Appeal, the Diocesan Funds and AFIA (Away From It All). Chris invited us to come any time to his place where we could be shown round and there is also a cafe for refreshment – maybe next year’s July outing!!!