We are looking forward to the Annual Gathering this year, due to happen in Belfast on 23rd and 24th September. The two-day event will include a celebration service on the Friday (23rd), the main gathering during the day on Saturday and following this an evening concert (both on 24th).
Visit Belfast has released a joyful video on behalf of Mothers’ Union, welcoming everyone to the Annual Gathering. Don’t miss this chance to spend two days in this vibrant city!
All the details about the event, including a guide on how to purchase your tickets and an event pack are available on the Mothers’ Union website here.
Global Day is Mothers’ Union’s response to the call for action made during 16 Days of Activism, the worldwide campaign to end violence against women and girls.
This year we are coming together on Saturday 27 November, marking it by wearing a purple scarf.
We will gather, where possible, for a three-minute silence at 1.03pm (linking to the 1 in 3 theme). We want to make this as big as we can, combining the voices of our four million members around the world – calling for action on an international scale and in the countries where we live.
For more information, visit the Global Day 2021 page on the Mothers’ Union website https://www.mothersunion.org.
In Peterborough, we are supporting a major high profile event on Saturday 27th November when we will meet in a car park near the Cathedral, march along Bridge Street alongside other agencies and hold a service/ vigil in the Cathedral at 11am. Do think about joining us, you will be most welcome.
There will be more publicity of these events nearer the time but do please promote the dates. Let’s do what we can to stop gender-based violence – No More 1 in 3.
The Mothers’ Union Annual Gathering 2021 was held as a virtual event on Saturday 25 September, streaming on YouTube Premiere.
Drawing on our 2021 theme of ‘Rebuilding Hope and Confidence’, this event was a celebration of what we have achieved over the past year and an opportunity to look forward to the future and the new triennium.
The programme included an address from our Worldwide President, Sheran Harper and our CEO, Bev Jullien, as well as a financial update and a range of inspiring and informative contributions from members across Britain & Ireland and beyond.
The virtual Annual Gathering, was spread over two parts, with Midday Prayers led by Bishop Emma finishing the first part. Both parts are now available on YouTube, with chapter timestamps for your viewing convenience. We really hope you enjoy watching these events, please use the following links to watch sections:
This month it was a joy to welcome Ephena Matthew the Diocesan President of Antigua. She made me very welcome when I was lucky enough to visit Antigua in early 2020.
She stayed with me for a week and brought glorious Antiguan sunshine with her. It was a busy week of MU and church activity, and many people were able to meet her. We had a meeting of Deanery leaders and representatives at my house. It was a joy to be able to meet face to face and share a buffet meal and lots of ideas, as people start to worship and meet together again.
We were able to attend the wonderful service at Werrington church celebrating 100 years. Bishop John presided and Revd. Deborah, our chaplain, coordinated the prayers and offering of symbols of thanks. Jennie Edis gave a wonderful summary of MU activity. The branch and deanery had worked very hard to put on a wonderful celebration. We processed our MU banners, and of course enjoyed a wonderful spread of hospitality.
There were also opportunities to meet Ephena over a coffee at the Falcon, and sharing meals with friends. On the Saturday after attending a Eucharist together we walked nearly 15kms as part of the ride and stride. This involved walking across the fields between churches. The week ended with attendance together at our Harvest service.
In a card of thanks she writes “Thankyou and your family for opening your hearts and home to me. Your kindness has made a great difference to my life. Thankyou also for your fiends and MU sisters for involving me in so many events. I enjoyed every moment!”
Ephena has become a great friend and inspiration as a woman of faith and action. I give thanks for her, and the worldwide mission and ministry of MU.
Jill Cannings, Diocesan President
Mary Sumner has left behind a grand legacy, sowing the seeds of ideas that have led to a movement which now spans the globe, supporting many thousands of people each year.
Her vision was a world in which women could hold their rightful place in society. A vision of women as empowered, not only to be equal to men, but to provide firm support to each other in their roles and responsibilities.
View the Mary Sumner Day service on the following link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auKRVbTlN0w