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Mothers’ Union supports Baby Basics MK

Baby Basics MK is a volunteer-led charity, dedicated to supporting families who are in greatest need in Milton Keynes. They rely on donations of second-hand, but good condition, baby essentials. These are lovingly made into gift packages that give families everything they will need to get started with a new baby, and continue to support them where needed. Click on this link to go to their website

Families may be referred to by health professionals, such as health visitor and midwifes, and local churches.

Members can help support Baby Basics by donating …

  • Baby and children’s clothes up to age 5
  • Baby equipment such Moses baskets (these can be second hand but will need to have a brand new, still packaged, mattress) and baby baths
  • Bedding and baby towels
  • Nappies
  • New bottles
  • Toiletries for mum and baby

If you knit, they are in need of…

  • Baby clothes
  • Small blankets
  • Hats, scarves and mittens for ages 3 – 5

If you have any items to donate please contact Rachel Buckley by using this email contact form or via the office.

Please remember the volunteers and families in your prayers. Marion Gunning from the Prayer & Spirituality Unit has written this prayer for us…

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

130th Reflection Activities

Please click the links below for details of the activities used in the 130th Anniversary reflection sessions.

Pass on the celebration

Cross activity leaders notes

Cross activity instructions

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

Upcoming Events

  1. Mary Sumner Day

    August 9
  2. Witney Branch

    August 12 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  3. St Catherine, Tilehurst Branch

    August 19 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  4. Abingdon Branch

    September 1 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
  5. Milton under Wychwood Branch

    September 1 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Verse of the Day

“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” — Luke 12:6-7 Listen to chapter . Powered by BibleGateway.com.