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Each day a Wave of Prayer goes around the world as members pray at midday wherever they are for the work of Mothers’ Union and international issues. Remembering that it is midday somewhere in the world every hour of each day means that our voice of prayer is never silent.
This began in 1920 and has been happening ever since. The Wave of Prayer calendar includes every area worldwide where Mothers’ Union works. Every member receives a copy of this calendar in a twice yearly publication called Families Worldwide but it can also be found on line.
The days that Oxford diocese prays are 20th – 22nd April and information about our link dioceses can be found here.
Our members make a special effort to meet together during these three days in April to pray for our links. A special service is compiled each year and distributed to every member in the magazine Focus. A link to the most recent service can be found here
After dialing the freephone number 0800 804 8044 select option 4 followed by option 8
Midday prayers are also streamed live via the Mothers’ Union Facebook page
The Prayer & Spirituality Unit helps the members by supporting any Spiritual Activities that might be required, such as Retreats, Quiet Days and Half Days, compiling prayers and resources.
WAVE OF PRAYER
Wave of Prayer
Focus is the Oxford Diocese MU magazine which is published three times a year. A copy is sent by post to every member including Diocesan members and Indoor members.
Every edition includes letters from our Diocesan President and Chaplain, reports of branch and Area activities and details of coming events. There is also a page of Celebrations which record birthdays of members of 80 and over and wedding anniversaries of Ruby and above that have been notified to the Editor. Obituaries are limited to past Office Holders.
The Spring Edition includes an insert for celebrating our Wave of Prayer, which occurs in April, and includes up to date information about our Link Dioceses.
Contributions are welcome from any members with a suggested maximum of 350 words. They should be sent electronically to our Editor: focus.editor@muoxford .org.uk or by post to the MU office by the deadline included in the previous edition. Good quality photographs are welcome and some are published in colour inside or outside the cover.
Many of you have said there is great difficulty in attracting younger people into MU membership.
Here are a few ideas to grow membership across the age-groups.
1. A good display in your church – refreshed a few times a year, using table and backboard if possible. Have Perspex holders for MU leaflets and invite people to take one (link to order form for leaflets available through the Diocese). Include a clear message of MU aims and details of who to contact to become a member. Topics over the year might be:
- Wave of Prayer
- Make a Mothers’ Day
- AFIA holidays
- 16 days of Activism
- Diocesan projects
- Baptism / Marriage support
2. Admit members within a main church service.
3. Present a written report for the APCM, with an MU rep to stand up and say – “this is how we make a difference at home and abroad – join us because we need to sustain this energy. Prayers and financial support are just as valuable as meeting attendance”.
4. Involve the whole church and community when raising funds for Diocesan, national and global projects. For example hold cake stall after the Sunday service. For a sponsorship event, have sponsor forms available in the churches. Advertise events in village and parish magazines.
5. Arrange a couple of evening meetings during the year (or a Saturday / Sunday afternoon) with subjects that will attract a wider range of people. Such as a Parenting Taster evening (ask for help from the Diocese); enriching marriage; MU work overseas. Find catchy titles and involve people with experience and knowledge.
6. Identify someone who has a particular skill MU member or not, for example, card making. Run a workshop and make Easter cards to send to people on your parish prayer list. Be sure to have an insert: “Made on behalf of the *** branch of The Mothers’ Union”.
7. Get involved with Mother & Toddler groups in the community as well as Pram Service or similar church events for pre-schoolers and parents. Have copies of Families First to distribute and other MU literature available.