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Midday Prayers now available via the Daily HOPE telephone service

Mothers’ Union are delighted that our Midday Prayers and Wave of Prayer  are now included as an option on the Church of England Daily HOPE phone line.

After dialing the freephone number 0800 804 8044 select option 4 followed by option 8

Midday prayers are also streamed live via the Mothers’ Union Facebook page

Oxford Diocese Church at Home services available online and via telephone

The Oxford Diocese has live-streamed and ‘as live’ worship is available for everyone across the Diocese of Oxford, these services complement the prayers, meditations and worship offered by local churches. The principal diocesan services take place at 10 am each Sunday.

The livestream feed is available from a link here on the diocesan website…

Church at Home livestream

Or via telephone on this number: 01865 920930 (press 0= short service, 1=full service)

Archbishop of Canterbury launches Daily Hope telephone service – 0800 804 8044

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has launched a free national phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus.
Daily Hope, which is available from today, offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.

The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

Callers will hear a special greeting from the Archbishop before being able to choose from a range of options, including hymns, prayers, reflections and advice on COVID-19.

Archbishop Justin said:

“With many in our country on lockdown, it’s important that we support those who are feeling lonely and isolated, whatever age they are.
The Daily Hope service will allow people to hear hymns, prayers and words that offer comfort and hope, especially in this Easter season.”

Sewing Pattern for Face Masks

This link (below) is for a for a face mask which you may be able to make. This one has elastic round the ears but the care home I’ve just spoken to would prefer tapes to tie.

Face Mask pattern and Tutorial

Face Mask Pattern (PDF)

You may like to make a mask for yourself or a friend, or ask at you local care home to see if they have a need for more.

Jean Vaughan
Action and Outreach Committee

Sewing Laundry Bags for Care Home Staff

Now that we are all spending the majority of our time indoors I hope you’re able to help the front line staff in your area.

All nurses, carers and admin staff at care homes have to have a different set of clothes to travel to work in and then have to change into workwear. That workwear has to be put in a bag after work, taken home and washed in the bag.

There’s a great need for cloth bags about the size of a pillow case, with a draw string, for them to use. One of our members has just made 32 for me to take to a local care home and when she’s had a rest she’s going to do some more! The bags should have 72 hours without being used and you mustn’t transport them in a plastic bag, but you can tell the care home the history as you pass them over.

Your church may well have links with local care homes where they go to lead services so I suggest you start by contacting those. I expect doctors’ surgeries also need these bags, but as yet I haven’t enquired. Redundant sheets, quilt covers and pillow cases are ideal to use.

Happy sewing!

Jean Vaughan

Action and Outreach Committee

Help our Health Professionals with The Dorcas Dress Project

You may remember Maria from the Dorcas Dress Project spoke about the work they are doing at the Spring Meetings, explaining how we could get involved supporting their beneficiaries if we wanted to.  Maria has set her workshop up to batch cut scrubs for NHS and care staff as they support patients with Coronavirus.  She wondered if any of us would like to get involved.  She needs dressmakers (with a sewing machine and overlocker) who are easily accessible to Witney to help sew, but she’s also desperate for financial donations to help cover the cost of the fabric and trimmings.  If you’d like more information then check out this https://www.dorcasdressproject.org/sponsor-scrubs  or email Maria mlskoyles@gmail.com.

You can give in 1 of 3 ways:

  • By BACs, directly into their bank account:  sort code 60-16-07 account 75070618.  Please use the reference SCRUBS.
  • By Paypal, using the link provided on their website or logging on to your own account and sending funds to dorcasdressproject@gmail.com
  • If you would like to enable them to claim Gift Aid on your donation please use this Totally Giving website link: https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/sponsor_a_set_of_scrubs
    Maria has been an MU member for over a year now and is very enthusiastic and committed in all that she does.  As so many of us are stuck at home, this is a practical way we can help GP surgeries, care homes and home carers with their personal protection equipment.  Please support this project if you can.
    Maureen Weston

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

The prayer is available to print as 4 to a page

This file is designed to be printed double sided (if your printer has the option, “flip on the long side”)

2020 Diocesan prayer 4 to a page

 

 

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.

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