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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!

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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2019 Diocesan Prayer

Loving Lord,
we accept the path laid before us knowing that you will be with us to the end.
We accept the call of Christ, whose voice we know and trust to guide us through our lives.
Each one of us receives from you the gifts for the tasks you want us to do.
Give us open ears, eyes and hearts as we adapt to meet the needs of this present age so that we can act with insight and integrity to make a difference in our world.
As we walk into the future with faith may our pace be set by our perfect guide;
neither running ahead nor lagging behind but always in step with you, our God.
Amen.

 

This prayer is available as printable prayer cards here

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

Upcoming Events

  1. Bodicote Branch

    November 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. Chesham Branch

    November 26 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  3. Abingdon Branch – Service for 16 days of Activism against Gender Based Violence

    November 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  4. Milton-under-Wychwood Branch

    December 3 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  5. Abingdon Branch

    December 3 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Verse of the Day

“Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.” — Psalm 95:1-2 Listen to chapter Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica. Powered by BibleGateway.com.