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Families First Changes and FAQ

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!

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

Mothers’ Union theme for 2018 – “In Mary Sumner’s footsteps”

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.

Twiddle Muffs

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

 

Publicity Leaflet

Here is our new publicity leaflet that you can print out and fold into three sections and distribute as widely as you would like. It is a helpful and comprehensive summary of what we do in the diocese.

Mothers’ Union Oxford – Publicity Leaflet

Upcoming Events

  1. Bloxham Branch

    June 18 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  2. Bicester and Deddington Deanery Festival

    June 26 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  3. Abingdon Branch

    July 2 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
  4. Hedgerley Branch

    July 2 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  5. Wash Common Branch

    July 2 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Verse of the Day

“Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before him – his name is the LORD. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.” — Psalm 68:4-5 Listen to chapter Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica. Powered by BibleGateway.com.