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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…
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.
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…
- West Berks
- Central Bucks
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
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.
Please note that our Autumn meeting will now be held at Christ Church, Northcourt Road, Abingdon, OX14 1PL.
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.
The new membership form with our 2018 subscriptions is available here…
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.