In the Beginning.

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 21:27


Mary Elizabeth Townsend founder of the GFS

In a book entitled ‘A History of the Mothers’ Union’ by Cordelia Moyse, (Boydell Press) Ms Moyse goes into Mary Sumner’s background and endeavours to explain the motivation that lead to the Mothers’ Union being started up. The writer informs us that a church organisation called the Girls Friendly Society had been form ... read more

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The Power of Thought

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 12 September 2018, 09:54


Never fear...We will pray for you

The power of thought, prayer, mindfulness, whatever you like to call it is when we think, pray or concentrate our thoughts on someone else. A few years ago, I wrote an article on ‘The Power of Thought’ in a newsletter. After the article had been published I received this poignant letter… Dear Joan, I am quite elderly now and I h ... read more

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Celebrating 90 years!

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 5 September 2018, 08:40


Our beautiful banner

Mothers’ Union celebrate 90 years in our Rayleigh Branch. The committee would like to thank everyone who has helped Mothers’ Union at the many different events that have taken place in the past and present. No matter how small or big it was appreciated. Wow 90 years 1928 – 2018. There is a need to celebrate many years of meet ... read more

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Reflections from August 18

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Saturday, 1 September 2018, 08:57


Reflections from August

Let us pray for all those people who are finding the continual hot weather tiresome and making them feel unwell, let us also pray for all those families who are on holiday enjoying this unusual spell of sunshine. We regret to announce the death this week of Lydia Gladwin. We send our condolences to her bereaved family and friends at this sad time ... read more

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MU Summer Appeal

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 15:27


Let's have a party!

Mary Sumner worked to change the lives of the women who lived around her by befriending them and encouraging them to bring their children up in the Christian religion. In the days when Mary Sumner began the Mothers Union life was bitterly unfair especially for women, many of whom were living their lives in poverty, often in very vulnerable situatio ... read more

 Posted: 29 Aug 2018 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

St Catherine of Siena.

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 22 August 2018, 15:30


St Catherine of Siena.

Catherine was born in Siena in 1347 and wanted at a very early age to devote herself to God firstly against the wishes of her parents and then against sceptics who doubted the heavenly visions she received. Some thought that she was a saint, others saw her as a religious fanatic and still others as a hypocrite. She was interviewed by religious lead ... read more

 Posted: 22 Aug 2018 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Mary Sumner Day

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 10:56


'Family Life' Given to me after 6years as MU Leader

We celebrated the life and work of Mary Sumner on 11th August. Mary Sumner, who I believe inadvertently became the founder of the Mothers Union as it is today. Mary married and had three children, two daughters and a son and as she watched her own daughter’s responsibilities whilst rearing their children it prompted Mary into action. Being a ... read more

 Posted: 15 Aug 2018 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Dear Lord

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 12:53


The Dear Lord prayer book

A new prayer book for all MU members. ‘Dear Lord’ is a beautiful book of prayers that is introduced by Lynne Temby our Mothers’ Union Worldwide President and is a must for anyone who has the privilege and pleasure of leading others in prayer. On its pages you will find prayers for different times of the day, the changing seasons, ... read more

 Posted: 8 Aug 2018 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Reflections from July 18

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 11:34


Reflections from July 18

Please Pray for the people of Kenya who are suffering a long drought and many Christians are being attacked for the little food they have stored and many are having their homes burned down, they need our thoughts and prayers… In this quarter’s newsletter there is an interesting piece and a couple of lovely photographs of Judith and t ... read more

 Posted: 1 Aug 2018 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

St Ignatius of Loyola.

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Thursday, 26 July 2018, 11:16


St Ignatius

Ignatius was born on Christmas Eve 1491 in Loyola Castle near Azpeitia, in the Basque province of Guipuzcoa, Spain. The youngest of thirteen children he was baptised Íñigo after St Enecus Abbott of Ona. He assumed the name of Ignatius in middle life when he was living in Rome. When he was 16 he left home to serve as a page for Juan V ... read more

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