The Mothers’ Union at St Mark’s Church
The Mothers’ Union meets in The Library on the 3rd Thursday of the month except during August, with a Corporate Communion on the 4th Tuesday of the month. Membership is open to all women and men who are baptised and supportive of the MU’s aims and objective. Our monthly activities vary, sometimes with a speaker, sometimes holding a discussion or preparing for a Parish Event. In November we observe the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence and join with the ladies at The Highcliffe Methodist Church to take part in this in their prominent position in the High Street.
We also join in Diocesan and Deanery events. At St Mark’s we support the Baptisms by attending the service and presenting the child with a book of prayers or bible stories, and cards are sent on the Anniversary of the baptism up to the 5th Year. Members are individually involved with the life of the Parish. We are a vibrant, modern group and our main fundraising event is for the Diocesan Away from it All Holiday.
The MU funds many projects in this country and worldwide which helps people to enrich their lives including improved health education, literacy, numeracy, parenting, mother and toddler and other support groups, promoting Christian family life and much more. The MU is Worldwide with a fellowship of 4 million members in 83 countries.
More information can be found at http://www.mothersunion.org/ and www.muwinchester.org.uk
Contact Angela Munday on -01425 274082
Readers may, or may not have noticed that the Mothers’ Union articles in the Parish News have been conspicuous by their absence. We have been experiencing difficulties in finding members to serve on the Committee and do all the jobs necessary to run the Branch. Most of our 18 members are elderly and a lot of them have held office in the past. A Committee Meeting was held and it was decided that we could no longer run the Branch and this was put to the members at our May meeting. It was agreed, very reluctantly, that the only option was to close the Highcliffe Branch and members can make their choice of transferring to another nearby Branch, i.e. Mudeford or Christchurch (New Milton and Bransgore closed several years ago) or become a Diocesan member. Our last meeting will probably be in July.
It may be that readers may not know what the Mothers’ Union is all about, so I have summarised the aims and objectives and some of the projects they undertake.
The Mothers’ Union is an international Christian charity that seeks to support families worldwide. In over 80 countries our members share one heartfelt vision - to bring about a world where God’s love is shown through loving, respectful and flourishing relationships. This is not a vague hope, but a goal we actively pursue through prayer, programmes, policy work and community relationships.
By supporting marriage and family life, especially through times of adversity, we tackle the most urgent needs challenging relationships and communities. Our members are not all mothers, or even all women. Single, married, parents, grandparents, or young adults just beginning to express their social conscience. For over 4 million members the Mothers’ Union provides a network through which they can serve Christ in their own community - through prayer, financial support and actively working at the grassroots level in programmes that meet local needs. We lobby local and national governments on issues affecting family life and campaign to challenge legislation that neglects the vulnerable and marginalised. We are also represented at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
Members of the Mothers’ Union in the Winchester Diocese work individually and corporately to make the life of either one, or many families, just a little bit better. We:-
* give families in crisis and difficulty the chance of a holiday through our “Away From It All” Family Holiday scheme;
* support prisoners and the work of chaplaincies in the prison in our region;
* work as individuals and small groups in many parishes running or supporting children’s groups, parenting groups, marriage and baptism preparation, child contact centres, women’s refuges;
* seek to educate ourselves and others about things that impact on contemporary family life: media, drugs, relationships, the social policy of our government and the UN.
* prayerfully, and where possible, practically help Mothers’ Union supporters and workers in our international links and projects;
* meet for fellowship, prayer and to keep informed about latest developments in all these areas of our work, knowing that through our work, people can experience the love of Christ, and have the opportunity to discover or develop a personal relationship with God.
We ask for prayers for our members as they reluctantly move on to other branches to continue the work of the Mothers’ Union.