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Membership Form 2019

The membership form for 2019 can be downloaded here

Calendar of Intercessions 2019

The new Diocesan Intercession Calendar for next year can be found by clicking the link below. It is also in the centre pages of the 2018 Autumn edition of Focus.

2019 Intercession Calendar

Hospital Project – donation items update

Thank you all for your continued support for our Hospital Project. There have been some changes at Ronald McDonald House at the John Radcliffe so here is an update on how we can support them more effectively.

A big thank you to all who knitted blankets for the cots. Please do not make any more until further notice as they have more than enough for now. You can still make baby quilts.

What is needed:

  • Mini Toiletries only – shower gel, soap, body lotion, shampoo and conditioner. All toiletry items should be unused.
  • Toothbrushes – single packs of toothpaste – small-sized
  • Shaving kits – a razor and a small pack of shaving foam/gel
  • Coffee – jars and tins of any size (not just single sachets)
  • hot chocolate and other drinks – jars of any size (not just single sachets)
  • Biscuits – small packs only
  • washing powder – any brand!
  • New magazines

Please do NOT send Tea, Sugar and cleaning products any more.

A new facility is planned for parents at the JR. Once this is built things will change again and I will let you know how we can support the families.

Treasured memory Kits are always needed – these can be bought on Amazon (please use Amazon Smile so that Mothers’ Union benefits too!).

Please search for ‘Mybabylog Inkless Wipe Hand and Footprint Kit’ when you want to purchase them (current price £4.99).

The above list can be downloaded to be printed off here

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 leaflet of patterns and prayers…

Knitting pattern leaflet

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.

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.

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

Postcards for sending inside or outside Oxford Diocese

Do you visit churches outside of our diocese, maybe when you are on holiday? Why not leave one of these postcards next time?

We also have a different set of cards to leave in churches within the diocese.

They have been produced specifically to be given outside of Oxford diocese; there will be separate ones for within our diocese issued shortly.

The file below has four cards, and is designed to be printed double sided (“flip on short edge) on card.

Postcards to send outside Oxford Diocese

Postcards to send inside Oxford Diocese

New Prayer Resource

We have a new prayer resource created by our Faith and Policy Unit. It is called “Praying Through The Year” and can be found in the “Praying” section of this website, or by clicking the link below…

Praying Through the Year

What’s New

Upcoming Events

  1. Cowley Branch

    January 21 @ 2:15 pm - 4:00 pm
  2. Chesham Branch

    January 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  3. Hedgerley Branch

    February 5 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  4. Crowthorne Branch

    February 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  5. Windsor Branch

    February 6 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Verse of the Day

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” — 1 Corinthians 10:13 Listen to chapter Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica. Powered by BibleGateway.com.