MU article for Parish News October 2019
At our joint Branch and Deanery Afternoon Tea in September, we welcomed Mothers’ Union members from across the Deanery together with members and friends from Neston, 58 in total! We saw Kate Pwaisiho’s presentation about MU in Melanesia in the South Pacific. It portrayed the life and work of members there and how the status of women is very different from that of women in our western society.
The presentation also portrayed the plight of the Melanesian islands since the 1990’s as they suffer from rising sea levels due to climate change. The church Kate used to go to as a child in the 90’s was in the centre of the village but has now been filled with sand as the sea level has risen and today there is only a small wall left.
Church filling with sand in 2011, due to rising sea levels.
We raised a wonderful £241 for our Summer of Hope Appeal caring for families and communities worldwide. A further £250 was spent on the MU Enterprise stall. A big thank you to all who came and supported us and special thanks to the dream team who made it all possible.
Our next meeting on the 9th October is a member's meeting. Homespun entertainment. If members have a favorite poem, reading, story, drama, song or musical piece they would like to share please let Dorothy (336 3389) or Angela (336 6312) know. Don’t be shy. We would love to be entertained.
Loving Lord, We thank you for your love so freely given to us all. We pray for families around the world. Bless the work of the Mother's Union as we seek to share your love through the encouragement, strengthing and support of marriage and family life. Empowered by your spirit, may we be united in prayer and in love and service reach out as your hands across the world. In Jesus name. Amen
Mother's Union Chester
Mothers Union (Neston Branch)
Mothers union in Neston is part of a worldwide organisation with approximately four million members in eighty one countries.
We have over fifty members in our branch and meet on the second Wednesday of the month in St Michael’s church on Marshlands Road at 2pm. (any alterations to date, time or venue will be published in the weekly ‘Prayer in Action’ or via website. New members are always welcome.
Mothers union was established in 1876 by a vicar’s wife Mary Sumner. When her first child was born she was overwhelmed by what she saw as the awesome responsibility of parents, not only in caring for their children’s physical well being but also their spiritual nurture and growth.
Later she formed a small group of local women, offering mutual support and help in rearing their families. From such a small beginnings she could never have imagined the extent in which Mothers Union has grown today.
The aim of the Mothers Union is the advancement of Christian faith in the sphere of marriage and family life. Mothers Union offers friendship. Care and unconditional love to thousands of women and men throughout the world, offering a life-line to many families. It is a praying, teaching and caring society open to both men and women who have been baptised in the name of the Trinity and support its aims.
Locally, as part of the Parish of Neston, we raise money to support ongoing projects worldwide, support, which is underpinned with prayer.
The Literary Programme is one such project, changing the lives of hundreds of people as they learn to read and write and are then able to work to support their own families. Many start up their own small businesses: an impossible task if you can’t read or write.
Nearer home, another project provides needy families with a holiday. For those of us who take holidays for granted it’s easy to forget that others, even in our own country, the shortest break is impossible on a tight budget.
For further information contact: Branch Leader Pat Clark 336 3759