MSH Update on Key Matters to DPs in B&I

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Thursday, 12 March 2020, 09:19

MSH Update on Key Matters to DPs in B&I = Dear Diocesan Presidents, There are a number of matters to update you on following the meeting of the Britain and Ireland (B&I) Group this week on 2nd – 3rd March at Mary Sumner House. Key Messages from the meeting are attached.

Provincial President of Canterbury Province

Most of you will be aware that Susan Baker, who had been due to transition from PP Elect to PP for Canterbury in January, was sadly unable to do so because she was diagnosed with cancer. At that time, the Province elected Kathryn Anderson to take on the role on a caretaker basis. Susan subsequently decided to step down so that she could focus on her health and time with her family. We would like to thank her for all of her selfless service to Mothers’ Union. Please do continue to hold her in your prayers, as she undergoes treatment.

The Province then started a formal process to elect a Provincial President for the remainder of this Triennium, and I am delighted to confirm that Kathryn Anderson was elected unopposed. Please do join us in congratulating Kathryn, and in praying for her as she takes on this important ministry for Mothers’ Union.

Staffing Update – Mary Sumner House

We are delighted that Sophia Jones is starting to return to work as Senior Communications Manager on a phased basis from this week, following extended sick leave. Whilst she is phasing her return, Richard Stone will continue to provide support on a part-time basis.

There are two new joiners to the Fundraising and Communications Team: Cameron Robertson, as Communications and Digital Marketing Officer and Georgina Anstee, Fundraising and Membership Assistant.

We are also pleased to be starting to recruit for a Head of Membership for Britain and Ireland, to work with you and be the focal point within MSH for supporting and developing membership.

Food and Fellowship

Rachael Anderson, Events and Community Fundraising Manager, and Anisha Tailor, E-commerce Officer, are working on an exciting new project which is due launch this harvest and in time for the annual gathering.

They are looking for recipes with a story of why they are important to you. The recipes can be sweet or savoury; a family favourite or individual treat; a slow cook or a quick meal – all we ask is that you tell us why this dish means something to you.

Additionally, they are looking to collate a collection of grace and prayers around the theme of food and fellowship.

Please send your recipes and /or grace and prayers to Anisha at and encourage your members to do the same!

Growing in Hope & Confidence Together Conference

Registrations for the June Conference were due to close today on Friday, 6th March. There has been the expected last minute surge in bookings, but there are some places left. If you would like to send delegates to this conference, you must register your interest on the Eventbrite site as soon as possible.

Annual Gathering, 25th-26th September, Belfast

The Annual Gathering, formerly known as the General Meeting, is coming up on 25th and 26th of September. Attached is the Information Pack and everything you need to know about the new name. You can also find the Information Pack by clicking here.

Mothers' Union to be featured on BBC’s Songs of Praise

We are delighted to announce that Mothers’ Union and our ‘Make a Mother’s Day’ Appeal will be featured on the Mothering Sunday edition of Songs of Praise. We hope you, your friends and family can tune into BBC One on 22nd March 2020 at 1:15 pm. Please do share this good news with as many members as possible! This really is a unique opportunity to showcase the life changing work and the unique fellowship of Mothers’ Union to millions of viewers across the country. Let's make this ‘Make a Mother’s Day Appeal’ one to remember. We will be sharing more about what the episode will feature in the run up to the day on our website and social channels, so do keep an eye out. With warmest wishes from all at Mary Sumner House, Bev - Bev Jullien Chief Executive Mothers’ Union

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