MOTHERS’ UNION AT ST PETER’S

The Mothers’ Union vision is:

A vision is of a world where God’s love is shown through loving, respectful, and flourishing relationships.

Their aim and purpose is:

To demonstrate the Christian faith in action by the transformation of communities worldwide through the nurture of the family in its many forms.

Their mission is:

To promote and support married 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


Here are some examples of projects the Mothers’ Union are involved in …

· The MU Relief Fund assists communities all over the world where natural or man-made disasters have had devastating effect on the lives of men, women and children.

· ‘Away From It All’ holidays for families who are going through difficult times.

· ‘Flexible Families Campaign’ – helping parents to work and bring up children at the same time.

· The Literacy Fund supports and encourages literacy of children in third world countries.

The MU’s theme for 2017 is ‘Faith in Action’ which involves highlighting ways in which we live out our faith through action and considering new ways to do so, taking into account the changing needs of today’s society.

We are involved in a variety of programs, examples include:

· parenting groups

· helping with teenagers

· supporting vulnerable families

as well as social events for all to enjoy.

St Peter’s has had a Mothers’ Union branch for over 90 years and was instrumental in setting up Sunbeams, St Peters’ Players as well as the distribution of Baptism cards.  Now seems like the right time to encourage new membership, both MEN and WOMEN.  We can then move forward in offering meetings that are relevant to today’s world and members’ needs.

Mothers’ Union meetings normally take place once a month.  Some months the group might do something completely different – maybe go out for a social event, maybe concentrate on doing something practical such as filling shoe boxes to be sent off as Christmas presents for children overseas.  As with any voluntary organisation, we will fund raise – again for projects, in which the Diocese has a particular interest, or to support the overseas and relief fund.  If you can’t attend the meetings, you can still belong! We will keep you up-to-date with what we are doing and perhaps you can help with our projects in the comfort of your home!

Subscriptions for the Mothers’ Union are £20 per year for 2017 – some of this is sent to Mary Sumner House (the Mothers’ Union headquarters), some to the Diocese, whilst the remainder of money is kept by the Branch for its own uses.

If you feel it may be of interest to you and also feel that you might enjoy a group where you can come along, share experiences as a parent, help others (both in this country and abroad), learn about topics that affect us all, develop friendships with like minded women and all with God at the heart of it, please speak with us or call us  – details below. The Branch will be up and running on a regular basis starting in January 2017.

We have put together a draft programme for 2016-2017, as follows, but would be pleased to hear from anybody that has any particular item they would like included.

2017

10th January – Post Christmas Social with Quiz and ‘Bring & Share’

14th February – Babysitting for Valentine’s Night

26th March – Helping during Mothering Sunday Service

11th April – 11am Service in Alms House Chapel

May – Deanery Service

June – Patronal Festival – Flowers in Alms House Chapel

July – Outing – venue tbc

September – Speaker – tbc

October – Making Christmas Puddings and mincemeat

November – Craft afternoon with Christmas Theme

December – Making of Christingles and helping at service

We look forward to hearing from you.

Branch Leader – Lesley Binnell Tel:  07881 344965

Branch Secretary – Rosemary Dawson Tel:  01277 821466