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Mothers’ Union is specially concerned with families and family life; whether that is supporting parents of children staying in hospital or arranging holidays for families under stress, our vision is of a world where God’s love is shown through loving, respectful, and flourishing relationships.

In this section you will be able to learn more about some of the areas we are involved in within the diocese, and also a little of what Mothers’ Union in the UK and further afield are doing. Click on the links below to find out more…

Away from it All Holidays

Hospital Project

Activity Quilts for people with Dementia

Twiddle muffs

Quilts for hospital neonatal units

Foodbank recipes

Members have put together some simple recipes for people who only have emergency food items available. They are very tasty and make nutritious meals for any family. These can be downloaded in our Resources section.

Starving Students Survival Guide – recipes, hints and tips for eating well away from home

This can also be downloaded as a printable booklet here.

Bereavement Books

Schools in Newport Pagnell have benefited from boxes of books aimed to help children cope with bereavement. The list of books can be downloaded here.

Bullingdon Prison is supported by providing over 1000 Christmas cards each year, so that each prisoner is given one. This may be the only Christmas card that a prisoner receives. This initiative was started by John Richards, who was a Church Army Officer as well as a Mothers’ Union member. Also Mothering Sunday cards are given to the younger prisoners so they can send a card to their mothers on this special day.

Away from it All Holidays

AFIA logoAway from it all – that’s what it’s all about. (more…)

Hospital Project

Mothers’ Union members support the parents whose children stay at the JR Hospital in Oxford in a variety of ways. (more…)

Diocesan Emergency Fund

When parts of our diocese were badly flooded, we wanted to make some kind of immediate response to help those who were suffering.

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Activity Quilts for People with Dementia

Activity quilts, or “Fiddle Pinnies” can help maintain finger skills, provide stimulation and conversation topics for those suffering with Dementia.Lady with activity quilt (more…)

Starving Students Survival Guide

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You’ve unpacked your stuff, found the kitchen and now you are entering into unknown territory; cooking!

We hope that this guide will help you to eat well while you are away from home. In it you will find hints and tips on shopping for food, how to get your “five a day”, and some basic recipes.

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Twiddle Muffs

Try knitting something different – and useful! Making Twiddle Muffs are a great way to help people with dementia exercise their fingers. Have a go in your branches using this pattern from MU Chester Diocese. You can even ask your local “Knit and Natter” group to make them as a community project. Finished items are welcomed at Care Homes for residents with dementia, anxiety or recovering from strokes. Please remember to add a Mothers’ Union gift label to each item

 

Quilts for hospital neonatal units

Neonatal quiltNeonatal hospital units use these quilts in a variety of ways. (more…)

Angel Pockets Knitting Pattern

Mothers’ Union members in the diocese of Chester produce Angel Pockets which are used in hospital labour suites. These little pocket wraps are used on the sad occasion when babies are stillborn.

The pocket is knitted in 4 sizes, using wool no thicker than 4 ply, in white or any pastel colour. 3 ply or 2 ply is fine especially for the smaller sizes.

The pattern can be downloaded here

Fundraising Ideas

Please see the documents and letter from Rosie, (a member from the Churn branch), below for some ideas on fundraising…

Letter from Rosie with ideas for Christmas fundraising

Christmas Poster

Ringathon sponsor form

Let’s Toddle for AFIA

Upcoming Events

  1. Langley Branch

    December 17 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  2. DR Congo Prayer Meeting

    December 17 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. Hitcham & Taplow Branch

    December 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  4. Woodley Branch

    December 19 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  5. Bodicote Branch

    December 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Verse of the Day

“When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. ‘In Bethlehem in Judea,’ they replied, ‘for this is what the prophet has written: ‘“But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.”’” — Matthew 2:4-6 Listen to chapter Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica. Powered by BibleGateway.com.