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1st April Spring Meeting Cancelled

Please see the following message from Maureen, our Diocesan President…

“Following yesterday’s announcement by the government, it has been decided to cancel the Spring Meeting at Finchampstead.  It is a great sadness as the other Spring Meetings have been appreciated so much by those who attended.  Please continue to pray for our members, our country and  the worldwide needs.We must take heart and be encouraged by the hope we have within us.  On Sunday we had this passage from Romans 5:1 – 5 and I thought it was very appropriate for the uncertain times that face us all.

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus the Messiah. Through him we have also obtained[c] access by faith[d] into this grace by which we have been established, and we boast because of our hope in God’s glory. 3 Not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope. Now this hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Grace and peace be with you.
Maureen”

2020 Diocesan Prayer

Here is our prayer for 2020…

Faithful God,
we praise you for your steadfast love and the truth of your eternal word;
the rock on which we build our lives.
Give us new hope and the confidence to trust your promises,
that as we reach out in loving service to families both near and far,
we will find you already ahead of us,
bringing your Kingdom into being,
in every community,
in every family,
in every heart.
Amen

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Mothers’ Union Fabric now available

You can now buy our logo print fabric in a variety of fabrics including cotton, satin and fleece through a company called “Woven Monkey”.

Mothers’ Union Diocese of Oxford receives commission on all purchases. Click on the link below to go to their website…

Woven Monkey Mothers’ Union Oxford fabric

Just click on the fabric design you require and choose the type of fabric and quantity from the two drop down boxes.

Flannels for John Ratcliffe Hospital

A message from Jean Vaughan, Action & Outreach Committee…

When you go our for a meal and are offered a hot towel afterwards, do please ask the waiter what happens to the used ones. I did this in our local Indian restaurant recently and found that the woven towels go into landfill as the company making them doesn’t want them returned!

So now the waiters put them in a pot which I collect weekly. I wash the towels and IRON them when they are dry so that Alison (and anyone collecting for another hospital) has a great source of sterile flannels for the toiletry bags prepared for the patients.

Win Win, as they say.

PS: If there are some that are damaged or too dirty then very probably your local charity shop collects rags for sale. Oxfam certainly does.

Resources from the General Meeting

Please use the link below to access all the resources from this year’s General Meeting in Portsmouth, including Sheran’s and Bev’s address.

 

General Meeting Resources

2020 Theme – “Building Hope and Confidence” Resources

Please click below to access all the resources for our 2020 Theme

Building Hope and Confidence

Churn Branch Marriage Celebration

On Monday 5th August, The Churn Branch held a tea party (using MU anniversary mugs!) to celebrate marriage. Members and friends brought along their marriage memorabilia. Among the items were photographs, a “scrap” album, Anniversary Cards from her Majesty the Queen and a lace tablecloth. Guests of honour were member Gloria and her husband-to-be, Alan. The date of their wedding is Friday 9th August. Gloria and Alan were presented with an MU card and a book, “More than Words”. At the end of the afternoon our glasses were raised as we toasted them with sparkling elder-flower!

Bishop of Penrith is the new Mothers’ Union Central Chaplain

Mothers’ Union are delighted to announce the appointment of Rt Revd Dr Emma Ineson, Bishop of Penrith, as their new Central Chaplain.

Please see this article on the central Mothers’ Union website for more details about Bishop Emma

New Bishop of Reading Announced

The Queen has approved the appointment of the Venerable Olivia Graham, the Archdeacon of Berkshire, as the next Bishop of Reading.

There is an interview with her on Bishop Steven’s blog which you can see here

Mothers’ Union General Meeting 17th – 18th September

Our Annual Services will take place at 3pm and 6pm on the 17th September at Portsmouth Cathedral.

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What’s New

Upcoming Events

  1. Chesham Branch

    March 31 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  2. Spring Meeting NOW CANCELLED

    April 1 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  3. Windsor Branch

    April 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  4. Newport Pagnell Branch

    April 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  5. Abingdon Branch

    April 7 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Verse of the Day

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” — Isaiah 53:5-6 Listen to chapter Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica. Powered by BibleGateway.com.