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Families First is to undergo some changes in 2019.
They are responding to members’ feedback to make Families First more focused on faith, key family issues for Christians today and on the work of Mothers’ Union. They will be producing four substantial magazines a year from 2019 with this updated content.
The changes will also reduce the burden on branch administration as members will subscribe directly with Mary Sumner House. In addition, it will save branches time and effort as Families Worldwide (our prayer diary) is distributed through Families First.
This document may help with any queries you may have.
Here is a form for new subscribers; please encourage members to subscribe to this new version of Families First, it’s only £10 a year!
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.
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.
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…
Our theme for 2018 is “In Mary Sumner’s footsteps”. The resources for 2018 will focus on the example of our founder, and on the core principles of Mothers’ Union; listening to God and each other, having determination to take steps of faith as we journey together in response to His call.
Resources on the theme can be found on the central Mothers’ Union website.
Try knitting something different – and useful! Making Twiddle Muffs are a great way to help people with dementia exercise their fingers. Have a go in your branches using this pattern from MU Chester Diocese. You can even ask your local “Knit and Natter” group to make them as a community project. Finished items are welcomed at Care Homes for residents with dementia, anxiety or recovering from strokes. Please remember to add a Mothers’ Union gift label to each item