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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.
MUe is short for Mothers’ Union Enterprises which is the Trading Arm of Mothers’ Union.
Last year (2017) – thanks to MUe Reps and customers – Mothers’ Union received over £320,000 in total – almost half the community development budget, from the profit on the income generated by MUe. That’s 12% of the total income. The aspiration is for a time when our trading arm (MUe) can sustain community development entirely.
When you shop using the online catalogue, or ordering by post (using a paper catalogue), all the profit goes towards the vital work of the Mothers’ Union charity. Guaranteed. So the more you buy, the more people we can help, and the more equal and fair a society we can create.
All MU items like badges and certificates need to be purchased through MUe. We have a few people in the diocese who hold stock of these and other goods – cards (Birthday, Get Well Soon, Occasion and Seasonal) and lovely gifts. They are willing to come to your branch to sell these but we are looking to change the way this works to make us more Environmentally Friendly.
Catalogues are distributed via Families First and can be found on line.
If your branch does not have a hard copy of the current catalogue, please contact the office. We are hoping that each branch will order their goods through the catalogues themselves to save the expense of dedicated members driving huge distances around the diocese to deliver them. At the moment you do not have to pay postage if you order over £50 worth of items. If your branch cannot make an order up that large, why not speak to a branch nearby to see if you can combine your orders to save the cost of postage?
Remember, every penny that you spend on these items makes a difference to families all around the world.