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Help please! Knitting for JR Hospital

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 patterns and prayers…
Knitting prayers

Knitted Crosses Pattern

Knitted Prayer Shawl Pattern 1

Mothers’ Union Worldwide President Announced

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.

For more details please see the central Mothers’ Union website.

Please Pray for DR Congo

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.

Nominations for Trustees for the new Triennium

As you are aware, Maureen Weston has been appointed as our Diocesan President for the next Triennium and takes office on 1st January 2019. She needs a full team to work with and there are several vacancies on the Trustee Board; people who can help build on the strong foundations which have been laid over the last three years under Alison Bennett; people who can energize the body of the Mothers’ Union in this Diocese.

Please prayerfully consider whether you yourself could offer to take responsibility for one of our vacant posts or whether someone in your branch or a Diocesan member known to you would be ideally suited.

Positions for which nominations are being sought:

Area Vice-Presidents for…

  • Oxfordshire
  • West Berks
  • Central Bucks
  • Reading

Nominations for these positions must come from members living in the same part of the Diocese

Unit Co-ordinators for…

  • Faith and Policy
  • Action and Outreach
  • Fundraising and Communications

To serve as a Trustee for our charity, someone must be:

  • at least 18 years of age
  • a Subscribing Member of the Mothers’ Union, resident in the Diocese
  • in sympathy with the aim & objects of the Mothers’ Union, with an understanding of the Diocesan MU
  • able and willing to stand for election
  • and, of course, able and willing to do the job

Generally, Trustees serve for 3 years. In 2019 we will be looking at our constitution. There may be some re-structuring within the Board, so some positions may be for a shorter period.

If you would like to suggest a name for any of these positions (or for more than one), please complete a nomination form, or write a letter containing the information required, and send it to me by post or email:

Revd Louise Butler, Unit Co-ordinator for Finance and Administration

email: finance@muoxford.org.uk

Postal address: MU office, CMS House, Watlington Road, Oxford OX4 6BZIf you wish to understand more about any particular position, please contact me in the first instance and I will forward your query.

Closing date for nominations is 30th November.

Autumn Meeting & AGM – CHANGE OF VENUE

Please note that our Autumn meeting will now be held at Christ Church, Northcourt Road, Abingdon, OX14 1PL.

Please see this Event listing for more information

130th Anniversary Service

  • Presidents and cake
  • Maureen
  • Banners
  • Banners
  • Banners processing
  • Bishop Steven with Peter Butler
  • Alison, Denise and Bishop Andrew

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.

It was members picnic in the Abbey groundsa glorious day, many of us took advantage of the weather and enjoyed a picnic in the Abbey grounds before exploring the Abbey using the very well presented Prayer Walk leaflet.Banners processing

During the service, many banners were processed and we listened to two wonderful pieces of music especially written for our Mothers’ Union.

Bishop StevenBishop 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.

RefreshmentsAfterwards we enjoyed tea, soft drinks and a superb celebratory cake before setting off home, refreshed in body and spirit.

Many thanks to all those involved in making this day a wonderful celebration of Mothers’ Union in our diocese.

Here is a copy of Bishop Steven’s sermon.

Membership Form 2018

The new membership form with our 2018 subscriptions is available here…

Three ways to share your care 2018

Bicester Area Quiet Evening

On the 10thApril the Curate at St Edburgs Church, April Beckerleg, led our Deanery Quiet evening. April laid out stations for reflection around the church which were enjoyed by all. This was followed by refreshment.

MULOA Prayer

MULOA LogoMay God enable us to become the people he has called us to be and,
in everything we do, may our lives honour the name of
Jesus Christ our Lord.
May he inspire us and move us to action
so that we fulfil his will in response to his amazing grace,
so freely given to the world.

Amen

Oxford Mothers’ Union 130th Anniversary Logo

Please click on the link below to download our 130th anniversary logo. It will open in a new window or tab on your browser; right click and choose “Save image” to save the logo onto your computer.

This can be used in place of our usual diocesan logo throughout this year, not just for advertising 130th anniversary events.

130th Anniversary Logo

Upcoming Events

  1. Oxfordshire Area Forum

    November 19
  2. Langley Branch

    November 19 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  3. DR Congo Prayer Meeting

    November 19 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  4. Tilehurst St George Branch

    November 20 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
  5. Hitcham & Taplow Branch

    November 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Verse of the Day

“[Book I Psalms 1 – 41 Psalm 1] Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.” — Psalm 1:1-2 Listen to chapter Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica. Powered by BibleGateway.com.