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Afternoon Tea with the Churn Mothers’ Union

Take a half-day breakAFIA logo in August and visit this picturesque part of the Oxfordshire countryside.  The CHURN MU branch invite you to AFTERNOON TEA on Friday 11th August, in the garden of Orchard House, Chapel Lane, Blewbury, Didcot OX11 9PQ – 3pm – 4.30pm, raising funds for AFIA.
For more information / directions please contact Louise Butler 07837 009 730 or email louisegbutler775@gmail.com
We look forward to seeing you.

Grenfell Tower Tragedy – Prayers

Please click the link below to access Mothers’ Union prayer response to this terrible tragedy.

Mothers’ Union prayers and message of support

Mothers’ Union General Meeting 29th – 30th September

Information on the General Meeting, which will be held in Edinburgh, can be found on the main Mothers’ Union website. Click the link below to read more.

General Meeting 29th – 30th Sept 2017

Make May Matter

This May all members are being asked to raise money for our Away From It All fund (AFIA). (more…)

Diocesan Spring Meeting

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Mothers’ Union at UNCSW 2017

See the link below for news about Mothers’ Union at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW), which took place in New York during March 2017.

MU@UNCSW

Wave of Prayer 20th – 22nd April

The spring edition of Focus magazine contains our Wave of Prayer, but if you would like to download a copy it is available here:

2017 Wave of Prayer

Mothers’ Union Safeguarding Bulletin Feb 2017

We all hope that the children and young people we meet and support through Mothers’ Union are safe and happy and that they benefit from the programs we are involved in through our branch work and in our churches.  Most of the time this is true but sometimes we may have a concern and then it is good to know what to do.

Every local authority has a Safeguarding Children Board with contact information on how to raise a concern with them.  It is part of our duty to do so, either directly ourselves or through the designated safeguarding officer for your church. Also, the Oxford Diocese has a newly appointed Safeguarding Advisor, John Nixson, email: john.nixson@oxford.anglican.org or tel: 01865 208290.

Make sure you know who to speak to and how to contact them.  All local authorities have that information on their websites and your church should publicise the contact details of their designated officer on their noticeboards.

In a real emergency, you must dial 999 and call the police.

If you are worried about a child and unsure whether your concern constitutes abuse and should be taken further, you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding advisor, details above, or the NSPCC has a helpline to ask:

email: help@nspcc.org.uk or tel:0808 800 5000

Sadly, abuse is not only confined to children and young people, vulnerable adults can also be victims.  Local authorities have people who deal with these cases too.

And don’t forget that if you or your team are running activities for children and young people where parents or guardians are not present, then they must have a current DBS check. The Oxford Diocese also offers general Safeguarding training, handbooks and model policies.

To print a copy of this bulletin click below

Feb 2017 Safeguarding Bulletin

Kinshasa – Link Diocese Update

We have received this report from Mothers’ Union in the diocese of Kinshasa. Please use the information in your prayers.

The Diocesan President Evangelist Gertrude MBONGO DIELA has been ordained and will be an Evangelist in the diocese. Oxford Mothers’ Union has sent her Congratulations and Best Wishes from us all.

Mothers’ Union Report from the Diocese of Kinshasa

February 2017

Our Members meet every Wednesday between 10-12 o’clock in each Parish for prayer. On the first Wednesday of the month, we have set up a programme to visit each Parish in the town in turn, to focus on Mary Sumner’s 5 Objects. There is also a special programme in pastoral training for our Priests’ wives to help the servers’ wives.

This is our vision for the diocese:

* Effective application of MU’s 5 Objects

* Socio-Economic and spiritual development of families by encouraging them to undertake activities which encourage spiritual growth.

* Show mothers the importance of Education for their daughters

* Combat gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS in Christian families.

These are the needs that Mothers’ Union has:

* We need a partnership to exchange prayers and experience.

* Seminars to develop our capability in promoting and supporting family life

* To create a literacy centre for women and young girls

* 250 members have joined MU. In Yumbi 60 are seeking admission of which 35 are in Mai Ndombe and 25 in Congo Central. These will be enrolled on Lady Day.

* To promote stable family conditions in society including Child Protection. We have many widows and orphans who have never received help.

* We want to benefit from the experiences of other dioceses and countries.

* We also have a need for women’s work –Guest House, working with orphans

* We have many skills training projects but lack the means to make them happen (producing cream, perfume, mayonnaise, bleach etc ..)

* In Kinshasa we need to have means for travelling to other provinces from Kinshasa.

* To buy land to build a guest-house or lodgings, a medical centre, or an Anglican school to teach girls and young mothers in Hotel work, dress-making and design, beauty, to develop publc health awareness,

* Organise skills training

* Help orphans widows, prisoners and the poor as much as we can.

* Train those members who are pastors in IT theology, nursing science, English, etc, also we need your prayers to for their fees.

* In Kinshasa we have great difficulty in accommodating our visitors from elsewhere,

* To provide office and IT equipment (NB It is indispensable for us in order to keep young mothers informed about our organisation.)

Key points for Prayer

Developing a Partnership to exchange prayers and experience and links with other dioceses

Teaching of 5 Objects

Encouraging girls’ education

Training to help us

For ourselves in Pastoral Ministry, Nursing English, Office skills

To offer simple manufacturing skills projects for young women and children

Our Support for Christian families to develop their faith

Helping HIV/AIDS victims, the poor, widows orphans prisoners

Combatting GBV

In Kinshasa our problems in travelling to other areas and lack of accommodation

Our plans to buy land to build a Centre to carry out our work and a guest house

The Spirituality of the Churchyard

This workshop will provide an opportunity to think about the spiritual value of our churchyards and how we can enhance the experience of those who visit them. Click here to download the poster – The Spirituality of the Churchyard

Upcoming Events

  1. Abingdon Branch

    September 5 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
  2. Hughenden Branch

    September 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. Newport Pagnell Branch

    September 7 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  4. Tilehurst St Michael’s Branch

    September 12 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  5. Bloxham Branch

    September 19 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

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