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16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence 2020 Resources

Each year Mothers’ Union joins this United Nations international campaign with our fellow members and many other organisations around the world. We do this as part of our membership of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

The 16 Days begins on 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) and ends on 10 December (International Human Rights Day).

MSH has made available a pack of resources which you can download from their website and they will be organising a number of online events, including some worship.

Other resources are available by clicking the links below…

16 days MSH resource pack

16 Days of Activism Bible reflection and daily prayers 2020

16 Days Intercessory prayers

16 days External Resources and Organisations

A Prayer for Baby Basics MK

Heavenly Father, your infant Son was born in a stable then fled into exile with his parents, faced with an uncertain future.  Yet He was sent by you as a gift of Love to share with the world; a gift carried forward by Baby Basics today.

We give thanks for everyone involved in Baby Basics, for the work they do, for the care and support they give and the generosity shown by so many who support their endeavours.  We pray too for the families who seek their help and ask for your blessing on them as their children grow.  We ask this knowing that you care for each and everyone of us.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen

Marion Gunning
Prayer & Spirituality Unit

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

 

 

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

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

Praying Through The Day – printable resource

Praying Through the Day book

The Bishop of Reading, Rt Rev’d Olivia Graham, has given this endorsement of our Praying Through The Day resource…

One of my earliest memories is of being tucked up in bed by my mother, and saying prayers, always ending with

Day by day, dear Lord we pray
To see thee more clearly
Love thee more dearly
And follow thee more nearly
Day by day.

This pack is full of encouragement and reassurance to families, each one different, to find its own rhythm and style of prayer and to create the space to deal with life’s puzzlements and big questions.  And it has much to teach adults, as we each grow in confidence in our Christian lives, about our daily need to praise God, to ask for what we need, and to see our whole lives through a lens of thankfulness.
I warmly commend it to you, and God bless you and your family as you grow closer together and closer to God.
+Olivia

Please click on the link below to download our “Praying Through The Day” resource for families.

This resource offers simple ideas for praying with young children and as a family.

Praying Through The Day

There are extra copies of some of the pages available to print here…

Praying Through The Day additional resources

Indoor Members Prayer Circle

IMPC is a part of the Mothers’ Union for those members who are unable to attend meetings and participate in activities but who wish to remain members and be active supporters of our organisation.

IMPC members receive cards on their birthday, Christmas and at Easter as well as letters from our designated Correspondent in the diocese and from our World Wide President and the Diocesan President.

As a full member of the Mothers’ Union they continue to receive the magazine Families World Wide (which is also our Prayer diary) and our Diocesan magazine, Focus.

Our Indoor Members form a powerhouse of prayer for Mothers’ Union without whom we would be very much the poorer.

There is a leaflet for those members new to IMPC which can be found here.

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

Praying Through the Year

Enriching our prayer life

This resource includes creative ways to pray and new ideas for leading prayer. There are fourteen sections that could be used at meetings, services or events throughout the year. Each theme also includes prayers on the given topic, a Bible verse and if used as a whole should take about 15 minutes to complete. These resources can be used in their entirety or just to stimulate further ideas. They can be the basis of collective prayer or used at other times on your own. A list of resources needed for each idea and where to source them is included.

The Themes are:

You can download the whole document, individual sections and the templates from our Resources section

Please take time to regularly pray for the people listed on the Diocesan intercession calendar, our various events and our projects and include our Diocesan prayer in your branch meetings.
This prayer speaks to us in Oxford Diocese, affirming what God would have us do and challenging us to carry out his purpose.

MU Oxford Diocesan Prayer 2019

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.

Praying Through the Day

Praying Through the Day bookThis resource has been produced to help families to pray together at home. It’s full of fun ideas for praying at meals, at bedtime and just whenever we want to remember that God is with us. Ideal as a baptism gift or for Christmas.

It is now available as a download only and can be accessed here.

Extra pages from Praying through the Day can be accessed from the resources section of this website.

Upcoming Events

  1. Chesham Branch

    October 27 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  2. Abingdon Branch

    November 3 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
  3. Caversham Branch

    November 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  4. Milton under Wychwood Branch

    November 3 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  5. Windsor Branch

    November 4 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Verse of the Day

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” — 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Listen to chapter . Powered by BibleGateway.com.