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Thank You from Children Heard and Seen

Maureen and CHAS Representatives withAdvent Calendars

Children Heard and Seen were so grateful to receive the generous donation of 200 advent calendars from the Mothers Union. The families were delighted to receive their calendars at one of our Campfire socials that we were able to hold briefly at the beginning of December 2020. At the time, the calendars gave children something to look forward to and a sense of hope after what had been a very difficult year for us all. We’d like to thank the Mother’s Union for their continued support and generosity.

2021 Theme – Rebuilding Hope and Confidence

The theme for 2021 continues with the 2020 theme “Building Hope and Confidence”. The resources for 2020 can be used and more items will be added though the year. Click on the links below to go to the main Mothers’ Union website pages.

Rebuilding Hope and Confidence

Building Hope and Confidence theme resources

Mothers’ Union and the Clewer Initiative

Mothers’ Union are proudly working in collaboration with the Clewer Initiative in order to end modern slavery by 2030

Both Mothers’ Union and the Clewer Initiative believe that the tools to end modern day slavery already exist within our local communities. We envision that the Church, which is present and at the heart of communities, has a primary responsibility in leading this effort.

The Clewer Iniative is a project that enables the Church of England and its wider networks to develop strategies to detect modern day slavery in their communities and help provide victim support and care. This involves working with the Church locally to identify resources already available to be utilised, developing partnerships with others and thus creating a wider network of advocates seeking to end modern slavery. On a more national level the initiative is developing a network of practitioners who are committed to sharing models of best practice and providing evidence-based data to resource the Church’s national engagement with Government, statutory and non-statutory bodies.

The initiative is funded by the Clewer Sisters, an Anglican order of Augustinian nuns founded in 1852 to help marginalised, mainly females, who found themselves homeless and drawn into the sex trade by providing them with shelter and teaching them a trade.

The work of the Clewer Sisters mirrors the work that our members are doing in thousands of communities around the world and this had led to our natural partnership to end modern slavery. We also both value the importance of building the resilience of those most at risk. We shall be working in equal partnership to set up a body of work to address and raise awareness of the subject.

The key focus of our work together will be

  • Identifying and setting up training opportunities, materials and manuals for volunteers, staff and members. We also want to create presentations, posters and video clips to help raise awareness
  • Producing a credit card sized card to help communities identify and respond safely to potential cases of modern slavery
  • Collaboration of key contacts at national and local level to develop and get involved in local initiatives to identify and prevent modern day slavery as appropriate
  • Create national and local advocacy campaigns that members and others can get involved in to raise awareness of the subject including involvement in Anti-slavery Day and the safer car app (for the Safe Car Wash app click here)
  • Establish a prayer network that regularly focuses on this initiative

To find out more about the Clewer Initiative click here

This video gives an overview of the Clewer Initiative…

 

Diocesan Intercessions Calendar 2021

Our Intercessions Calendar for 2021 can be downloaded as a booklet by clicking the link below. It is also published in the centre pages of the Autumn 2020 editon of Focus.

 

2021 Diocesan Intercessions Calendar

Worldwide President gives Address at Church of England Sunday Service on 15th November

The Church of England streams a service every Sunday at 9am.

On 15th November, our Worldwide President, Sheran Harper, has the great honour of giving the address. It will be wonderful to watch, either on the day or afterwards!

Follow this link to watch the service on 15th November

New Safeguarding Documentation

New documents have been added to the Safeguarding page.

Guidance for Dioceses

The Seven Safeguarding Steps

16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence 2020 Resources

Each year Mothers’ Union joins this United Nations international campaign with our fellow members and many other organisations around the world. We do this as part of our membership of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

The 16 Days begins on 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) and ends on 10 December (International Human Rights Day).

MSH has made available a pack of resources which you can download from their website and they will be organising a number of online events, including some worship.

Other resources are available by clicking the links below…

16 days MSH resource pack

16 Days of Activism Bible reflection and daily prayers 2020

16 Days Intercessory prayers

16 days External Resources and Organisations

16 days template for letter to MPs

 

 

The above YouTube video is from St Paul’s Wokingham. Click below for the Order of Service and Sermon.

Order of Service

Sermon

Zoom Autumn Meeting and AGM

Our Autumn Meeting & AGM via Zoom was a great success and we had about 60 attendees!

Bishop Olivia gave a very encouraging and insightful talk on the ‘Five Marks of Mission’ with breakout rooms for discussion. You can read her talk here – Bishop Olivia – 5 Marks of Mission. You will also be able to watch Bishop Olivia’s talk here, check back soon!

Below are the AGM reports and handouts:

Agenda & AVP & Unit Updates – Autumn 2020

AGM2020 Handout

Report Summary 2019

Hospital Project – Items required for July – December 2020

Toiletries

  • Mini sized only please!
  • Soap, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, body lotion, shaving kits (razor AND shaving cream, soap or gel please), toothbrushes (can be multipacks), MINI toothpaste.
  • Small combs
  • Flannels
  • Small packs of tissues
  • Please do not send anything which has been used or of ‘normal’ size!

Drinks

  • Coffee – Instant coffee in jars or tins – any size or brand is welcome
  • Chocolate and Horlicks – Jars or tins

Cleaning items

  • Dishwasher machine items: Salt, Rinse Aid, Cleaning tablets/capsules – any size and brand
  • Cleaning Products – Any size and brand of:
  • Toilet cleaner, multi-purpose cleaners, non-scratch cleaners etc.
  • Cleaning and washing up cloths – any size and brand.

Please do NOT send tea, sugar or anything for washing machines anymore. A monthly update can be found in the eNewsletter

A Prayer for Baby Basics MK

Heavenly Father, your infant Son was born in a stable then fled into exile with his parents, faced with an uncertain future.  Yet He was sent by you as a gift of Love to share with the world; a gift carried forward by Baby Basics today.

We give thanks for everyone involved in Baby Basics, for the work they do, for the care and support they give and the generosity shown by so many who support their endeavours.  We pray too for the families who seek their help and ask for your blessing on them as their children grow.  We ask this knowing that you care for each and everyone of us.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen

Marion Gunning
Prayer & Spirituality Unit

Upcoming Events

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    February 2 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” — Galatians 6:7-8 Listen to chapter . Powered by BibleGateway.com.