Mothers' Union is the largest international Christian organisation with over 4 million members in 83 countries across the world.
Within this worldwide organisation we are part of the Anglican Province of Canterbury and based in the South West of England above Bristol, bordered by Wales in the West and the Cotswold Hills to the East.
Led by our Diocesan President, Doreen McLellan for the triennial 2022-2024 we have 29 branches across 8 deaneries and about 650 members working towards the Mothers' Union vision to strengthen and preserve family life and marriage, by our Christian faith through practical action.
This practical action can be seen through the giving of self, in prayer, in voluntary work, and in helping those less fortunate than ourselves in whatever ways we can.
Following the links, please take the time to discover how we respond to our Mothers' Union vision of a world where God's love is shown through loving, respectful, and flourishing relationships.
The national Mothers' Union website is a source of information about the worldwide organisation, national projects, monthly prayers and resources for members.http://www.mothersunion.org
Midday Prayers are live on their Facebook page at 12:00 noon daily.https://www.facebook.com/MothersUnion
Doreen was formally commissioned as our Diocesan President at the Lady day service in Gloucester cathedral , alongside the Trustees and Speakers. Revd. Liz Palin was also commisioned as our chaplain.
Dear Fellow Members
It was wonderful to see about 90 members gathered in the Lady Chapel of the Cathedral in March for the Lady Day service. After the experiences of the last couple of years it was lovely to be able to worship together again although, of necessity, it was a lower key service than previous ones.
The service was led by Bishop Rachel and Rev'd Liz Palin, our Diocesan chaplain, and I thought it was very moving. During the service there was commissioning of Rev'd Liz Palin, trustees, and myself as Diocesan President.
I know that many people took the opportunity to catch up with each other and have a time of fellowship after the service. I trust that was also a very positive time for everyone. Several people were unable to come to the service due to Covid and I hope that you have now recovered and can get out and about again.
Back in February we had a successful Members' Day, with an impromptu quiz as our planned speaker had to postpone due to contracting Covid, and the Mue sales table was also popular - there is a sales table at most events so do take the time to see what is available.
Now that the clocks have gone forward and we have more daylight hours we are looking forward to summer events. There are details elsewhere but the Mary Sumner Day event will be in Shurdington so get ready to pack your picnic and come along to join other members.
The Diocesan Mothers' Union raffle will be drawn at this event so some lucky people may also have prizes to take home.
We also have the celebrations for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in June to look forward to. There will be lots of big events but I know that branches are also planning their own events to mark the occasion so, in whatever way you celebrate, I hope you have a good time.
With love and prayers