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New Diocesan President welcomes members to a new triennial

It is a huge privilege to have been elected as the next Diocesan President, thank you to all members for your support. I look forward to the journey we will share, together.

So far the plans include the triennial service, at Peterborough Cathedral on March 26th at 2pm, this service will take the place of our Spring Forum. I am grateful to Jill and Revd. Deborah for organising this. The commissioning of Trustees, Vice Presidents and myself will also take place – how wonderful! It is an opportunity for so many of us to be together and give thanks for all that has been achieved during the last 3 years. The sight of all our MU banners will be magical!

From 2022, Diocesan Members will be coordinated by Barbara Haynes, covering the Northampton Archdeaconry and Kay Short who will cover the Oakham Archdeaconry. Barbara and Kay will work together to pass on news and information to all our Diocesan Members as well as support each other.

For 2022, our Summer and Winter Forums will take place at St Benedict’s, as All Saints Wellingborough is unavailable. I appreciate that for some of you, St Benedict’s is further to travel but I hope this won’t deter you from coming.  Our summer Forum is usually a shorter, midweek, evening meeting. For 2022, I have changed this to a Saturday meeting (2nd July), given that we will not have our usual Spring Forum.

Just as we have important links with Peterborough Prison, I would like us to secure links with the new Prison opening in Wellingborough. HMP Five Wells is due to open in February 2022.

We all know that Mothers’ Union is known as the Church’s best kept secret – Whilst we know it, it doesn’t mean we have to accept it! Do you have a branch or deanery project that you could share? It would be great if you would bring the project along to the summer forum – a little like ‘show and tell’. We are proud to be members of this wonderful organisation – so let’s share our passion! As we start our journey together, I do hope that you will invite me to your events. I am mindful that I work, which was a huge consideration when I was asked to think about taking on this role.  Please don’t assume that I can’t attend, I will always endeavour to attend, if I can.

We are encouraged to wear our MU badge … and remember – BE PROUD – SHOUT OUT LOUD!

I will hold you all in my prayers as I hope you will hold me in yours as we reach out across the world in Jesus’ name.

Helen Lynett, Diocesan President 2022 – 2024