The new Diocesan Intercession Calendar for next year can be found by clicking the link below. It is also in the centre pages of the 2018 Autumn edition of Focus.
Thank you all for your continued support for our Hospital Project. There have been some changes at Ronald McDonald House at the John Radcliffe so here is an update on how we can support them more effectively.
A big thank you to all who knitted blankets for the cots. Please do not make any more until further notice as they have more than enough for now. You can still make baby quilts.
What is needed:
- Mini Toiletries only – shower gel, soap, body lotion, shampoo and conditioner. All toiletry items should be unused.
- Toothbrushes – single packs of toothpaste – small-sized
- Shaving kits – a razor and a small pack of shaving foam/gel
- Coffee – jars and tins of any size (not just single sachets)
- hot chocolate and other drinks – jars of any size (not just single sachets)
- Biscuits – small packs only
- washing powder – any brand!
- New magazines
Please do NOT send Tea, Sugar and cleaning products any more.
A new facility is planned for parents at the JR. Once this is built things will change again and I will let you know how we can support the families.
Treasured memory Kits are always needed – these can be bought on Amazon (please use Amazon Smile so that Mothers’ Union benefits too!).
Please search for ‘Mybabylog Inkless Wipe Hand and Footprint Kit’ when you want to purchase them (current price £4.99).
There is a need for some knitting for the chaplains at the John Radcliffe Hospital; small knitted squares with crosses on and some larger shawls. Get in touch with Alison Bennett and she will collect them once you have finished them and sewn in a Mothers’ Union label.
It is important that you pray while you are knitting these, there is a sheet with prayers on for you to use. Please see below for the leaflet of patterns and prayers…
Mothers’ Union has made history this week in electing its first ever Worldwide President from outside the British Isles.
A record number of Mothers’ Union leaders from across the globe voted for Mrs Sheran Harper, who hails from Guyana, to represent and lead the 142 year old movement’s four million members in 84 countries.
“I am delighted to accept the role of Worldwide President for the new triennium. I feel very excited and privileged and I extend my heartfelt gratitude to our members who voted to make this dream a reality,” says Mrs Harper, who will take up her new position in January 2019.
There is to be a special Prayer Initiative for the Democratic Republic of Congo to which everyone is very warmly welcome. Mothers’ Union in Oxford diocese has a special link with Kinshasa diocese and previously we had links with Boga and Aru dioceses.
DR Congo faces huge challenges at the moment: Presidential and legislative elections are due to take place on 23rd December, delayed from 2016; there is an outbreak of Ebola virus in North Kivu/Ituri provinces; devastating militia attacks continue in Beni Territory (in North Kivu) and elsewhere; around 4.5 million people are displaced from their homes and poverty is widespread. In this context Christian churches are reaching out with the Good News of Jesus Christ to provide extensive health and education services and seek to be agents for peace, reconciliation and transformation in their communities.
There will be 3 prayer meetings at St Andrew’s Church Linton Road, Oxford OX2 6UG from 8 – 9pm on
- 15th October
- 19th November
- 17th December. All are welcome.
Please pray for this country, especially those in our Linked Diocese of Kinshasa – Madame Gertrude, the Diocesan President has been assured of your prayers.
Please pass this prayer request to others in your churches and tell them of the prayer meetings.
Families First is to undergo some changes in 2019.
They are responding to members’ feedback to make Families First more focused on faith, key family issues for Christians today and on the work of Mothers’ Union. They will be producing four substantial magazines a year from 2019 with this updated content.
The changes will also reduce the burden on branch administration as members will subscribe directly with Mary Sumner House. In addition, it will save branches time and effort as Families Worldwide (our prayer diary) is distributed through Families First.
This document may help with any queries you may have.
Here is a form for new subscribers; please encourage members to subscribe to this new version of Families First, it’s only £10 a year!
On 14th July over 200 members gathered at Dorchester Abbey to give thanks for the work of Mothers’ Union in Oxford Diocese over the past 130 years, and to look forward to the challenges ahead.
During the service, many banners were processed and we listened to two wonderful pieces of music especially written for our Mothers’ Union.
Bishop Steven preached on the text “The harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few: therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest” (Luke 10.2), and we also heard about some of our diocesan projects and prayer links.
Many thanks to all those involved in making this day a wonderful celebration of Mothers’ Union in our diocese.