Hello everyone, we are part way through the year and have much to look forward to.
We have the Coronation of our new King, Charles III – Members who attended Forum in April signed a card to go to Buckingham Palace which incorporated the Mothers’ Union Coronation prayer. There are other suitable prayers on our website, do have a look.
We have our Quiet Day on 13th May led by Bishop Andrew Proud. This is at St Mary’s Church Wollaston, please contact Jill Cannings to reserve a place.
Thy Kingdom Come 18th – 25th May 2023 – This year, rather than producing an online service, members are encouraged to hold events in their local areas and involve both their own church and other local churches. The expanded remit of TKC this year is “to go the extra mile, empowered by the Holy Spirit, to love and serve those we are praying for or others who are in need” and it fits particularly well with the vision and mission of Mothers’ Union, and presents a good opportunity to share this with others, who may be less aware of MU. Resources and ideas are available now on the MU website. Please do take a look.
Annual Meeting York 22nd September 2023 – This is being held at York – the business meeting at the Barbican will be followed by a service at York Minster on the one day. It will be very busy in York, as York races are happening on the Saturday. Members should be encouraged to make their own arrangements for accommodation as soon as possible. Please book early through the national Mothers’ Union website. Tickets are not numbered so members could arrange to meet and then all sit together. Long-stay parking is available at the Barbican.
Feedback from the conference at Liverpool Hope University last year to Reimagine a brighter future for MU is ongoing. We need to act to GROW and SUSTAIN MU as a vibrant and relevant organisation for both today and tomorrow. The theme ‘Transformation Now’ will last for this triennium and we are and will embrace it together. We have undertaken to put Direct Debits for subscriptions in place to ease the burden on Treasurers. We have agreed to support the campaign against domestic violence and are doing this by holding an event on Global Day in November. Lastly in order to help ease the reporting burden on Branch Secretaries and Branch Leaders we will be adopting MU Live. Some deaneries are already doing this and it will be rolled out to the others in the near future. We know we need to publicise our existence and speak about the good things Mothers’ Union does. Remember ‘Be Proud, Shout out Loud’.
Thank you for all you do in your branches and in your churches.
Have a great time celebrating over this summer.