Reminder that the office will close for Christmas on 15th Decenber.
It is with great sadness that we record that Kate Thompson, one of our trustees, has died. She was very passionate about Mothers' Union and will be much missed. Her funeral wil take place on 21st November, 1 pm at Shurdington church
Doreen gave Council a detailed report of the trip to York for the Annual Meeting. Her report can be read here .
A detailed report has been produced of the successful work being done in Burundi. See Report . A version with less colour, suitable for printing, can be found under Resources.
Subs for 2024
The subscription for 2024 will be £ 35 for all members including Indoor and Diocesan. The Diocesan Members form can be found under Resourses.
Mary Sumner day picnic
The picnic was hosted by Cirencester MU at Watermoor Parish Hall, Cirencester, GL7 1NE on Wednesday 9th August at 2:30 pm.
The Diocesan raffle was drawn at this event.
With effect from when it reopens after the break on September 6th the office will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 am to 1 pm. Please phone to check.
Order forms for Diaries and Christmas cards can be found under Resources/ Forms.
The 2022-2024 Wave of Prayer service and rota can be found under Resources/ Wave of Prayer.
Knitting for Premature Babies
World Premature Baby Day is on 17th November 22 and we have been asked to knit 40 cardigans and hats in purple in sizes 1 and 2 before then. There is a new suitable pattern on the Resources page. Anyone wishing to help should contact Dorothy Marshall via the office.
Lady Day service
A service was held in the Lady Chapel of Gloucester Cathedral on 25th March 2022. During the service Revd. Liz Palin was commissioned as our Chaplain.
Doreen McLellan was also commissioned as our DIocesan President. The retiring President presented her with the President's broach.
Trustees were also commissioned and a photo taken of all.
Members from across the Diocese supported them by attending the service which was appreciated by everyone.
Members day held on 23rd February saw members engrossed in a quiz as unfortunately the planned speaker had to cancel at the last minute.
Doreen McLellan was elected at the AGM as the new President for the triennial 2022-2024
Kate Thompson and Olga Gibbons will continue to serve as Vice Presidents.
At the Forum meeting on 6th December our retiring President, Kay Hensley, was presented with gifts including a bird feeder and flowers.
Rev Liz Palin has been appointed as our new chaplain.
New trustees are Ruth Creighton, Becky Phillips, Brenda Davitt and Daphne Ellis. Kay Hensley will also serve as a trustee.
The office will now be open Tuesdays 10 - 3, Fridays 10 - 2. Term time plus half term.
Bishop Rachel joined President Kay and other members outside the Cathedral on 27th November 2021 in suport of action against gender based violence
Subs for 2022
A bi-yearly magazine is included in the subscription.
Subs for 2022 have been agreed by the Trustees based on information from Mary Sumner House. This includes Roundabout.
- Branch member : £ 32.00
- Indoor member : £ 28.00
- Diocesan member : £ 32.00
We are a subscription based mission society because we have a structure to maintain which sustains the projects we run. Without subscriptions, so much of which we are proud to own would not exist.
Each subscriber member helps to support Mothers' Union; each member is valued for their prayers, their practical and financial support.
Please remember that if you pay tax you can Gift Aid your subscription, please download a form, ask your Branch Treasurer or ring the MU Office on 01452 528621.
A Gift Aid form is available to download from the Resources page. This includes future donations as well as the current year.
The apllication/renewal form for those who wish to be Diocesan members can be downloaded from the resources page
Meetings in 2021
2021 Festival Service and AFIA Big Day have been cancelled, as has the Belfast general meeting.
Wave of Prayer
September 3rd - 5th. The timetable and service for this are the same as last year. Details can be found under Prayer and Resources. Consider using Zoom if you are unable to meet.
AFIA day raffle
Three members of the Trustee board, including Kay, met in the office to draw the Raffle on Saturday 18th 2020. Due to your generosity we were able to draw for 18 prizes. Congratulations to all who won something. Maggie and Kate are beginning to arrange holidays again.
All are welcome to join Midday Prayers live on Mothers' Union Facebook page at 12:00 noon daily. They can be watched later as well.
Theme resources 2021
Useful resources relating to 2021 year's theme of "Building hope and confidence" can now be downloaded from the Resources page.
Fundraising for AFIA
Helen King's fundraising rowing challenge has raised £ 1,210 for AFIA. Thank you to Helen and to all who supported her.
When shopping online, you can raise much needed funds for us at no extra cost to you by using Easyfundraising. Instructions for how to do this are here .
Two new patterns have been added to Resources. These are for making Twiddle-muffs and End of Life Property Pouches. The latter can be delivered to the office.
There are now a few posters about Mothers' Union on the Resources page which can be downloaded.
Patterns are on the Resources page for the different craft projects that we support; the Cross-in-your-pocket for use in prisons and baby blankets for HOPE. Finished items can be sent to the MU office.
See the Resources page for documents from the Office which you can download, including the Wave of Prayer timetable.