When you think of Mothers’ Union, what do you think? Twinset and pearls and drinking tea? Well, nothing could be further from the truth. We are a diverse bunch of Mothers & Others who seek to support family life and those less fortunate than ourselves but one of the greatest blessings is having fellowship with one another especially during anxious times.
We meet on the second Monday of each month September to April and we have been blessed with many wonderful speakers. Already this year we have heard how God has transformed the lives of two young ladies and what an encouragement they have been to us.
For our Christmas meeting, we are planning a Bible/promises auction where Janet Peden will be our auctioneer and our ladies will have an opportunity to bring along a gift/promise to be auctioned and all we ask is that they are accompanied by an appropriate verse in the Bible.
Further afield, as part of the Action & Outreach Unit, we continue to provide snugglies, cardigans, hats, blankets—either knitted or crocheted 26” by 26”—for the neo-natal unit in Antrim Area hospital; trauma teddies used for children coming into hospital usually following an accident, sponge bags(comprising toothbrush & toothpaste, face cloth, soap/shower gel, comb in a clear resealable plastic bag)—for those who find themselves in hospital unexpectedly. All of these are hugely appreciated by the hospital staff and patients. (Patterns are available from the Parish Office or from the MU
website if you would like to help us with any
of these projects.)
Mothers’ Union are currently running their‘Bye Buy Childhood’ campaign. How often when you are watching TV do you find yourself inwardly ‘tutting’, feeling uncomfortable or downright offended? Who do you complain to? Probably your family and friends…but do you tell the people who matter?—the broadcasting companies, the producers and directors? Would you know how to contact them? MU in Ireland has found a way for you to have your say! To complement the ‘Bye Buy Childhood’ campaign against the early sexualisation and commercialization of the children, MU have produced postcards addressed to Ofcom, the regulatory body for broadcasting. On one side of the postcard is a simple ‘fill in’ section where you can record your views about a particular programme and on the other is Ofcom’s address. It will only
take you a couple of minutes to fill it in, then
add a stamp and post—it’s as simple as that! Will it make a difference? It certainly will! Just a small number of complaints will compel producers to explain themselves. Our branch has been given a bundle of these cards. Make sure to ask for one/some and make sure you use it when something offends you on TV or you feel a storyline is inappropriate. Don’t just ‘tut,’ make your views known and together we can make a difference! Our Diocesan President Moira Thom recommends a little book called ‘Where did my little girl go?’ by Tanith Carey, available from MU enterprises.
Recently we have been blessed with many new ladies and particularly younger ladies, so please come along and we hope you will feel welcome!
That is Mothers' Union?
The Mothers' Union is a Christian organisation which promotes the well-being of families worldwide.We achieve this by:
* developing prayer and spiritual growth in families,
* studying and reflecting on family life and marriage and their place in society,
* resourcing our members to take practical action to improve conditions for families, both nationally and in the communities in which they live. With 3.6 million members working in ove 78 countries, Mothers' Union is passionate about caring for families all around the world. Our work is threefold;
* a diverse range of Mothers' Union programmes meet the needs of individuals and families every day
* our policy work challenges root causes of injustice
* all of our work is underpinned by our Christian faith. A challenge to 'love mercy, seek justice and walk humbly with our God.' Micah 6:8.
How did the Mothers' Union start?
Mary Sumner started the Mothers' Union in England in 1876. As a vicar's wife, she said that it was a need for good parenting that inspired her to start a "Union of Mothers". Almost 130 years on, the Mothers' Union has more than 3.5 million members in 76 countries. Men, women, single and married are now joining the MU in work - that is sometimes life changing! Around the world, the MU works to support family life and empowering women in their communities, be that through passing on skills such as literacy or campaigning on issues nationally and globally.
Aim & Objectives:
The aim of the MU is to strengthen and preserve marriage and family life through Christianity. In order to carry out this aim, our objectives are:
* To uphold Christ's teaching on the nature of marriage and promote its wider understanding.
* To encourage parents to bring up their children in the faith and life of the Church.
* To maintain a worldwide fellowship of Christians united in prayer, worship and service.
* To promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life and the protection of children.
* To help those whose family life has met with adversity.
MOTHERS UNION PRAYER
"We thank you for your love so freely given to us all. We pray for families around the world. Bless the work of mothers' Union as we seek to share your love through the encouragement, strengthening and support of marriage and family life.Empowered by your Spirit, may we be united in prayer and worship, and in love and service reach out as your hands across the world. In Jesus'name. Amen".
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