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The 100 Year Poppy.

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Sunday, 11 November 2018, 13:13


We will remember them...

This year we give thanks to God for the ending of the First World War which endured for four long years (1914-1918), with a lot of the fighting carried out in Western Europe. Once a beautiful area the fighting fields were soon wrecked and instead of grass and flowers all that could be seen was thick mud, were nothing grew. Yet, amazingly the Fland ... read more

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MU Annual Meeting & Council

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Friday, 9 November 2018, 14:50


Saying farewell to our MU Chaplain Rev'd Edward Carter

We were blessed with a lovely 5th of November day on which to hold the Chelmsford, Diocese Mother’s Union Annual Meeting and Council. The Annual Meeting started prompt at 10.30am and was thought to be the one of the fastest on record. So, with no further ado the Council Meeting began. First up was the welcome and apologies followed by the Min ... read more

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Pakefield Church

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Saturday, 3 November 2018, 18:46


Pakefield MU Banner

During our recent stay in Corton village we caught the bus to Lowestoft and made our way along the south promenade to Pakefield. We eventually arrived at the thatched roof church on the cliff, originally two churches but now one. At the end of the 10th century, or at the latest, by the beginning of the 11th century there were two semi-detached chu ... read more

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About Sheran Harper

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 10:00


Mrs Sheran Harper

The Mothers’ Union has just announced their future Worldwide President for the new triennium. Mothers’ Union leaders from around the world have voted for Mrs Sheran Harper, who comes from Guyana. She will represent and lead the 142-year-old movement for the next three years. Mrs Harper will lead around four million members in 84 countri ... read more

 Posted: 17 Oct 2018 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Margaret Harvey Service Award

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Monday, 15 October 2018, 16:34


Congratulations Margaret!

Margaret started volunteering at Fair Havens Hospice, now Havens Hospices and incorporating both Little Haven children's' hospice and The "J's" Hospice, in Southend after her father spent his last 36 hours there. Her mother was virtually paralysed after a stroke and the care the whole family, including her teenage children, received was amazing. A ... read more

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

St John’s MU re-launch

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Monday, 8 October 2018, 10:58


St John's - Congratulations

St John's Church in Epping re-launched their branch of the Mothers’ Union on Sunday 30th September during the Family Eucharist service. The new group were supported by Diocesan Members who had been previous branch members along with the congregation. There were thirteen new members enrolled along with branch officials who were commissioned. ... read more

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

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

 Posted: 19 Sep 2018 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

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

 Posted: 12 Sep 2018 | There are 1 comments | make a comment / view comments

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

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

Retreat at Pleshey

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Thursday, 5 July 2018, 11:05


We so enjoyed our retreat at Pleshey

Here is a photo of the thirteen of us who went to the Mothers Union retreat at Pleshey on the second and third of July. We had a truly wonderful and inspiring two days being led by the Revd Ruth Cartwright. She took us on the journey of Peter and helped us to get to know him more, she also encouraged us to find out and look for things regarding our ... read more

 Posted: 5 Jul 2018 | There are 1 comments | make a comment / view comments

Wave of Prayer

posted by: Lucy Bubb | on: Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 11:24


Please pray for our Sisters abroad

Wave of Prayer - Rejaf Diocese, South Sudan: We are currently coming to the end of our ‘slot’ on the Wave of Prayer diary (18 - 20 June). Many of you will know that we have yet to establish contact with our links in Rejaf Diocese, South Sudan and Owo Diocese and Doko Diocese, Nigeria. This is largely due to the political situations in ... read more

 Posted: 20 Jun 2018 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Judith at the Palace…

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Monday, 4 June 2018, 12:01


Judith at the Palace

It was wonderful and very exciting for me to attend the Queen's Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 31st May along with five other members of the MU. We took photos of courses and there is one of me standing outside the gates and there is a second photo taken inside the grounds with the other MU members. They were Marianna (DP for ... read more

 Posted: 4 Jun 2018 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

All about Edie.

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 16:15


Live to regret?

Following on from my article dated 11th April 18 about the film Mary Magdelene, that you can read by clicking on the link at the end of this article, Lucy Bubb suggested that I might want to draw your attention to yet another film to be shown in cinemas starting on 25th May entitled ‘Edie’. Once again there is a fee resource Companion ... read more

 Posted: 16 May 2018 | There are 1 comments | make a comment / view comments

Christ Inspired

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 14:43


God loves even the most humble of efforts

I have heard it said and I am sure its true, that the Christian religion has inspired millions of artists throughout the last 2000 years, just think of the Gospels? Then there are those who paint: Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, and Michelangelo, and of course the Christian sculptors who have produced amazing statues. What about the many Christian po ... read more

 Posted: 18 Apr 2018 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

About Mary Magdalene:

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 14:32


Mary Magdalene

A few weeks ago, one of our clergy put out a notice in church saying we could sign up to go as a party to see the film Mary Magdalene in early April. It was to be shown at one of the local cinemas in Chelmsford. She said that she wasn’t sure which cinema would be showing the film but if a few people would like to go, once she knew numbers she ... read more

 Posted: 11 Apr 2018 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Meal for learning

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Friday, 6 April 2018, 11:34


English for Women

Last night a group of us met in the Chapter House beside Chelmsfor Cathedral to enjoy each others company and a hearty meal made up of a meat or vegetarian shepherd’s pie and vegetables in aid of the MU’s project entitled ‘English for Women’. Following our meal, we enjoyed an apple crumble or pie with cream. The meal cost &p ... read more

 Posted: 6 Apr 2018 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Mothering Sunday at St Luke's

posted by: Lucy Bubb | on: Tuesday, 20 March 2018, 10:46


Helping to grow a family well

Hello to everyone, here are some photos from our Mothering Sunday service that was held at Moulsham St Luke’s, Chelmsford. I took the service and we used the excellent resources and liturgy developed by the Mothers’ Union and St Mellitus College - it would be good to find out whether other churches used these resources too. We focused ... read more

 Posted: 20 Mar 2018 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Mothering Sunday

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 10:43


So beautiful and so fresh...

Did you enjoy the Mothering Sunday Service in your church? If it was anything like our service here at St Mary’s in Broomfield, you would have gone home very happy, uplifted and laden down with flowers… Our Associate Priest gave the address and surprised most of the congregation by saying that the cost of rearing a child from birth to ... read more

 Posted: 14 Mar 2018 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

A thought for Mothering Sunday

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 14 February 2018, 08:29


Make a mothers' day

The Mothers’ Union began with the Christian intention of helping and befriending women who spent most of their time home alone caring for their home and their children whilst their husbands were working. Although it is recorded that the mothers who were invited along to the home of Mary Sumner came from all walks of life the majority of them ... read more

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The Cobbler and the Christmas Cake

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Friday, 29 December 2017, 15:59


The Christmas Cake

There was once a poor cobbler, a Godly man who made shoes in the old fashioned way. One Christmas Eve the cobbler had a strange dream, he dreamed that Jesus said that he would come and visit his shop the very next day, Christmas Day. The dream seemed so real that the cobbler got up very early the next morning and hurried to the woods, where he gath ... read more

 Posted: 29 Dec 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

P&S Quiet Day for Advent

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 10:13


Windows into Advent

Windows into Advent: On a crisp, wintery day members gathered in the Chapter House Chelmsford for the Prayer and Spirituality Unit's Quiet Day to reflect on the season of Advent. Members had been asked to bring an item, perhaps a poem, Bible reading, seasonal calendar or simply a memory to talk about and share with others. Our group was small in ... read more

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Interview with Oluwakemi Ademola

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Sunday, 12 November 2017, 17:39


Oluwakemi Ademola 'Kemi'

Hello MU members - My name is Oluwakemi Ademola. My branch is 'Emmanuel Parish Mothers' Union, Emmanuel Parish Church, Leyton, London. E17 8HL and I am the Branch Chair. I was received into the Mothers' Union branch of St Stephen's Anglican Church Inalende Ibadan after I married in 2000. However, I became an active member in October 2009 when our ... read more

 Posted: 12 Nov 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

MU Council Nov 17

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 21:37


D.President Judith Meaden, W.W.President Lynne Temby with Bishop Stephen

On a brisk, sunny, Autumn morning many of us met in Chelmsford Cathedral for MU Council and Annual Meeting 2017. The Cathedral was packed, not only to attend the meeting but to welcome Lynne Tembey, the World-Wide President. The day began with a Mothers' Union Celebration Eucharist with banners, the service being led by The Bishop of Chelmsford Rt ... read more

 Posted: 7 Nov 2017 | There are 1 comments | make a comment / view comments

MU and Foodbank UK

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Saturday, 4 November 2017, 13:08


Foodbank requests...

Mothers' Union is an international Christian membership charity. It has 3.6 million members in 78 countries. The vision of Mothers' Union is of a world where God's love is shown through loving, respectful and flourishing relationships. One of the ways we do this in the UK is by supporting Food Banks which provide emergency food for people in crisis ... read more

 Posted: 4 Nov 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Black History Month

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Sunday, 22 October 2017, 17:08


Celebrating Black History Month

Black history month celebration took place on Saturday 14th of October 2017 in the Parish hall of Emmanuel Church here in Leyton. It was the first time such an event was held, intended to celebrate the diversity of our parish family and community whilst promoting inclusion. This event was sponsored by Emmanuel Mothers Union and co-ordinated by t ... read more

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Celebration Weekend

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Thursday, 5 October 2017, 11:45


Was a wonderful weekend

Our branch at Emmanuel Parish Church in Leyton has been up and running this last 8years and we are immensely grateful to the almighty God. We celebrated this August occasion with a very special Dinner and Dance held on the 7th of September and we held a thanksgiving service on Sunday the 8th during our Parish Sunday service. In attendance and to ... read more

 Posted: 5 Oct 2017 | There are 1 comments | make a comment / view comments

Our Angry World

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Friday, 22 September 2017, 13:09


Our world is angry...

The Power of prayer is needed more than ever with so many crisis around the world. Today we report on the catastrophic mudslides in Sierra Leone and the effects of hurricane Irma on the islands of the NE Caribbean, especially Aruba. Thousands of people have been affected by mudslides in Freetown, the Capital of Sierra Leone. Over 500 people have be ... read more

 Posted: 22 Sep 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Well done!

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Thursday, 3 August 2017, 17:36


Well Done Stewart

Congratulations to Stuart Gibbs from Billericay who took part in the Prudential Ride London event. 'The Ride London Event' took place on Sunday 30th July and there were about 25,000 riders with hundreds of thousands of spectators lining the 100-mile route, from the Stratford Olympic Stadium into Surrey and back to the Mall. We met up with the fini ... read more

 Posted: 3 Aug 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Tea with Service

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Monday, 24 July 2017, 14:07


Mary, Audrey, Helen and June

On Sunday the 4th of June 17, we were delighted to welcome our president Judith Meaden who joined us at St. Edward's Church in Romford for our 10am service. Judith had come along to hand out long service certificates to no fewer than twenty-one of our MU members, the certificates ranged from 25 years to 63 years and altogether, Judith gave out cert ... read more

 Posted: 24 Jul 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Give us Hope 

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 10:32


Hope, Love & Care

Whatever else the MU gets involved in - one of its core principles is to promote marriage and family life. However, in these modern times when many young couples decided to live together before getting married there is every chance that they will start a family too. But, married or not the best way in which to live and rear a child is to have them ... read more

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Pentecost 2017

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Thursday, 8 June 2017, 14:08


The coming of the Holy Spirit

Pentecost is one of the earliest and oldest celebrations in the church. Early enough to be recorded in the Acts of the Apostles along with a letter sent by St Paul to the Corinthians. Pentecost is held on the 50th day after Easter. Jews from all over had gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the Jewish feast of Pentecost, when in Jewish tradition the ... read more

 Posted: 8 Jun 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Broken

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Thursday, 25 May 2017, 11:15


Out of evil cometh good.

Broken? Yes, but…‘Out of Evil cometh Good’ Nuts – Bolts – Nails – Planned, premeditated and deliberately executed - a barbaric crime against the innocent. Everything stopped with shock on the night of Monday 22nd of May 2017 to identify with the grieving and injured people of Manchester after 22year old Salman ... read more

 Posted: 25 May 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Christian Aid Week

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 14:52


Sparkle and shine

Christian Aid Week 14th – 20th May 2017. This year we celebrate the diamond jubilee of Christian Aid Week In 1945 British churches founded Christian Aid to support refugees who had lost their homes and possessions in the Second World War. Twelve years later Christian Aid Week was launched to help fund this ongoing work; sixty years on, Christ ... read more

 Posted: 17 May 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

MU Council April 17

posted by: Joan | on: Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 13:05


Our main speaker from Broxbourne Food Bank

Around 80 people met together in St Cedd’s Hall for an evening meeting of MU Council. It was lovely once again, to meet and greet friends who we may only ever see on occasions like this. It was also good to be able to catch up on all the recent happenings in and around the Diocese. The meeting began at 8pm sharp with Judith our President we ... read more

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Yes, we can make a difference

posted by: Joan | on: Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 10:15


We can make a difference

Mothers’ Union, which represents over four million members worldwide, has welcomed the announcement by Prime Minister Theresa May that current legislation governing domestic abuse in England and Wales is to be overhauled. In November, Mothers’ Union submitted a petition signed by 4,500 of its members and supporters to Downing Street, c ... read more

 Posted: 8 Mar 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Sweet Charity

posted by: Joan | on: Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 18:15


So many charity organisations

These days and especially around Christmas we seem to be bombarded with charity appeals either through our front doors or in the media. Sometimes the sheer number of these appeals can seem to be overwhelming but at a time when there is so much in the world that is dark and depressing our ability to come together with each other to respond to the ne ... read more

 Posted: 15 Feb 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

My Challenge

posted by: Joan | on: Thursday, 12 January 2017, 10:30


Rosalie and her Son

Hi, I am Rosalie Taylor from St Edward’s in Romford MU - In the summer my 16-year-old granddaughter Lucy gained her bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. In 2016 the DofE scheme was 60 years old and to celebrate a Diamond Challenge was issued. To anyone! You may remember the Countess of Wessex cycling from Holyrood Palace to Buckingham Palace so I ... read more

 Posted: 12 Jan 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

2016

posted by: Joan | on: Saturday, 31 December 2016, 17:21


Happy NEW YEAR to one and all

What a year it turned out to be! 2016, must go down in MU history as a very memorable one as it wasn’t only our patron, Queen Elizabeth who celebrated her 90th birthday, but it was the 140th birthday/anniversary of the launch of the Mothers’ Union in 1876 by Mary Sumner aged just 25. These anniversary’s coming together helped make ... read more

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What is a tree?

posted by: Joan | on: Sunday, 25 December 2016, 17:15


Happy Christmas!

What is a tree? Well of course we all know what a tree is don’t we? Until we are presented with the dodgy ones when we are not quite sure whether it’s a bush, a shrub or a tree? Then we must consult the experts who spend their lives studying trees. No one really knows which is the oldest tree in the world, Methuselah, a Great Basin pin ... read more

 Posted: 25 Dec 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

9 Lessons and Carols

posted by: Joan | on: Saturday, 24 December 2016, 21:05


'Away in a Manger'

We went to our regular church for the usual 9 lessons and carol service, just as we have done in more years than I can remember. Of course it was truly beautiful, the church was packed, warm and cosy, the nine lessons were superbly read and the usual carol singing was beautiful. It was all so familiar that I hardly looked down at the service sheet ... read more

 Posted: 24 Dec 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Billericay against Gender Violence

posted by: Joan | on: Monday, 12 December 2016, 16:41


Standing against gender violence

The members of the Billericay Branch supported the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, in all five of the Team Churches. Members also got together for an hour's Prayer Vigil and used the Service from the Resources, together with the Prayer for Lighting Candles. We had Prayer Trees in some of the Churches where we could write our prayers on ... read more

 Posted: 12 Dec 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

MU Branch Re-Opened!

posted by: Joan | on: Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 13:56


Good News...

The Re-Opening of Mothers’ Union South Weald, Brentwood Branch Sunday 20th November 2016 was the big day after months of meetings, e-mails galore, phone calls and the arrival of our new priest in Charge, the Branch was finally re-opened. When Rev’d Jane Bradbury arrived, declaring she was a Mothers’ Union member, we knew things ... read more

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Stir up Sunday

posted by: Joan | on: Monday, 21 November 2016, 13:56


Get stiring for a super pud!

On the last Sunday before Advent we celebrate the feast of Christ the King. But before 1970 this was not the case: The Book of Common Prayer rather quaintly calls the Sunday the "next before Advent". However, many of us know this Sunday by a much more traditional name; Stir up Sunday. On this Sunday families gather to mix together the ingredients ... read more

 Posted: 21 Nov 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Remembrance Sunday 2016

posted by: Joan | on: Tuesday, 15 November 2016, 21:39


We will remember them...

It’s always a privilege for us to attend the annual Remembrance Sunday Services held at our regular churches. Sunday 13th was a beautiful, crisp, autumn day, with the sun’s rays making everything appear clear, bright and special. Most churches in this diocese probably saw more people than usual attend the service and were perhaps pleas ... read more

 Posted: 15 Nov 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Chelmsford Diocesan Council & Annual Meeting 2016

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Tuesday, 8 November 2016, 12:19


A letter from the Queen

Around 150 members gathered at 10.30am in Chelmsford Cathedral on Monday 7th November for the Diocesan Council and Annual Meeting. Many were there prior to the start of the meeting to have a welcome drink and to look at all the MU goods on sale. The meeting began with a Celebration Eucharist, conducted by The Venerable Elisabeth Snowden, Archdeaco ... read more

 Posted: 8 Nov 2016 | There are 1 comments | make a comment / view comments

Jesus Christ is Waiting?

posted by: Joan | on: Thursday, 13 October 2016, 14:48


Jesus Christ is Waiting...

Jesus Christ is Waiting? At Broomfield’s Parish Church on 9th October we started our 10.30am Eucharist Service with one of my all-time favourite hymns. To me, the words are profound and the tune reflects the poignant verses so beautifully. Jesus Christ is Waiting – He sits and eats alone like so many millions of people. Old or you ... read more

 Posted: 13 Oct 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

THE MOTHERS UNION AGM

posted by: Brenda Sheath | on: Friday, 7 October 2016, 13:36


A group of MU representatives from Zambia

THE MOTHERS UNION AGM - 140TH ANNIVERSARY 1876 - 2016 On 21st September, we three - Sheilah Girgis, Helen Hawkes and Brenda Sheath set out on a journey to Hampshire to attend the Mothers Union AGM. After a complex route covering three of the busiest motorways in the country we arrived at our destination in Hook where we located our accommodatio ... read more

 Posted: 7 Oct 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

MU 140 years – By Revd Paul Carr

posted by: Joan | on: Monday, 19 September 2016, 16:44


MU 140 years

The 9 August 2016 saw the 140th Anniversary of the founding of the Mothers’ Union when Mary Sumner, a Rector’s wife, first convened a meeting of the mothers of Old Alresford, Hampshire in 1876. Many of you may not know about the MU, as they are affectionately known, but there has been a branch in Billericay for 94 years and they boast s ... read more

 Posted: 19 Sep 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

St Edmund the Martyr.

posted by: Alan Vine | on: Thursday, 15 September 2016, 17:54


Saint Edmund the Martyr

St Edmund the Martyr. According to the Royal Society of St George, George became patron saint of England when King Henry V led the English army to its famous victory at Agincourt on 25th of October, 1415. Previous to this Edmund the Martyr was our patron saint. Edmund was born on Christmas Day 841 AD and was crowned King of East Anglia in the year ... read more

 Posted: 15 Sep 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Puppy Parents

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Thursday, 8 September 2016, 11:28


Garon in training

Not exactly MU but for those of you who love animal you may be interested in an animal charity called ‘Canine Partners’. The charity is dedicated to training dogs to support and aid disabled people, as opposed to dogs that are solely trained to assist blind people. These animals are trained from puppies by ‘puppy parents’ wh ... read more

 Posted: 8 Sep 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

St John the Evangelist

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Friday, 26 August 2016, 21:40


St John the Evangelist

St John the Evangelist, the Beloved Disciple, was the youngest of the Apostles and as a result is usually depicted in sacred art as being beardless unlike the others and in da Vinci’s painting of the Last Supper John looks very young. The authorship of the Johannine works (the Gospel of St John, the Epistles of John and Revelation) has been ... read more

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St Margaret’s 140 year Celebration

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Friday, 19 August 2016, 11:18


Celebrating 140 years of MU

St Margaret’s 140year Celebration...Hello! Members of the branch from St Margaret’s Leigh on sea, along with some Diocesan members and friends enjoyed a memorable and special gathering . St Margaret's celebrated this landmark occasion with a special Eucharist service which was followed by a get together with some delicious cakes made by ... read more

 Posted: 19 Aug 2016 | There are 1 comments | make a comment / view comments

Dorothy Wells Obituary

posted by: Joan | on: Sunday, 7 August 2016, 09:14


Dorothy Wells, an inspiration to us all.

Dorothy Wells Obituary 1924 – 2016. After Dorothy’s husband Ron finished his time at Theological College, he was appointed to serve his title at St. Mary’s Prittlewell in Southend on Sea, where the Vicar’s wife was a very keen MU supporter and this set Dorothy on her MU road. Dorothy’s husband was appointed as the fi ... read more

 Posted: 7 Aug 2016 | There are 1 comments | make a comment / view comments

St Alban.

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 10:03


St Alban

St Alban is revered as the first recorded British Christian martyr. Along with fellow saints Amphibalus, Julius and Aaron, Alban is one of four martyrs recorded in Roman Britain. Very little is actually known about St Alban, the major sources on his life were written long after his death and even the year that he died is disputed, various account ... read more

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A real 'Wave' of Prayer

posted by: Lucy Bubb | on: Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 11:44


Shenfield MU with Lucy Bubb - Overseas Team

In my article in the recent copy of Roundabout, I asked branches to take pictures of themselves waving to send to our new link diocese so that they know we are thinking about them and praying for them. You will be aware that our Wave of Prayer links have changed this year but we are still continuing, albeit informally, to pray for our links with H& ... read more

 Posted: 22 Jun 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Happy 90th Birthday

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Saturday, 11 June 2016, 09:03


Happy Birthday from us all

The Queen of England has been a patron of the Mothers Union since 1952 I am sure we have all be inspired and touched by the way the Queen has demonstrated how important it is to have shown such dedication over the years to not only her Christian faith, but to her family, her country and the commonwealth. I am sure you will all join us here in the ... read more

 Posted: 11 Jun 2016 | There are 1 comments | make a comment / view comments

Royal Garden Party

posted by: Margaret Harvey | on: Sunday, 29 May 2016, 08:46


Margaret and Bob Harvey at the Royal Garden Party

Bob and I were nominated to the Lord Leiutenant of Essex to attend a Royal Garden Party by Havens Hospices, because between us we have completed nearly 40 years as volunteers. I started soon after my father died in Fair Havens in 1993 in various admin roles, finally settling in Finance, Bob joined me in 2001 as he retired and I became Diocesan Secr ... read more

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Gosfield Branch 80th Anniversary

posted by: Joan | on: Tuesday, 3 May 2016, 10:23


Celebrating their Diamond Anniversary

Our President Judith Meaden and a congregation of almost 50 people where at St Catherine’s in Gosfield, to help the Gosfield Branch of the MU celebrate their 80th Anniversary along with the 140th Anniversary of the Mothers’ Union. Lay Reader Terry Streamer who is the MU Deanery Chaplain led the lovely service which included some beauti ... read more

 Posted: 3 May 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

MU Council: April 2016

posted by: Joan | on: Monday, 25 April 2016, 13:03


All set for MU Council.

Many MU members met together on Monday for Council at the Cathedral. Our President Judith has re-organised the annual meeting so that we have a speaker in the morning rather than the afternoon which suited many of us better. At the meeting we started with a greeting from Judith and the sad news of the very recent death of Dorothy Wells… The ... read more

 Posted: 25 Apr 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Meet the President in Chelmsford.

posted by: Joan | on: Wednesday, 6 April 2016, 14:33


Judith wants to inspire us all

It was great to see a good number of people gathered at Guy Harlings in the heart of Chelmsford to meet our newly commissioned President Judith Meaden. The meeting started prompt at 7.30pm with prayers, before we plunged into a matching game which tested our knowledge and memories of the Mothers’ Union and its work. Providing the answers to t ... read more

 Posted: 6 Apr 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Maundy Thursday

posted by: Joan | on: Thursday, 24 March 2016, 21:03


The Way of the Cross

Of course we all know about Maundy Thursday but I thought it might be nice to recall what happens at the Maundy Thursday service. Maundy Thursday is the name given to the day on which Jesus celebrated Passover with his disciples; also know as the Last Supper. It falls on the Thursday before Good Friday, and Christians use this as a time to reflect ... read more

 Posted: 24 Mar 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Judith’s Commissioning.

posted by: Joan | on: Sunday, 20 March 2016, 17:30


Judith's Commissioning

I am delighted to say that I have had some more photographs sent to me of Judith’s Commissioning on 15th March 2016 by Bishop Stephen. The first photo sent to me by Peter Baker is a delightful picture of Judith’s actual commissioning. Peter sent two lovely photos of the interior of Holy Cross and St Lawrence parish church, they are a lo ... read more

 Posted: 20 Mar 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

The Commissioning of Judith Meaden as Diocesan President

posted by: Peter Baker | on: Wednesday, 16 March 2016, 14:28


Bishop Stephen, Revd Carter and Judith Meaden

The Commissioning of Judith Meaden as Diocesan President and Officers for the Triennial which was held at Holy Cross & St Lawrence Church Waltham Abbey was a truly wonderful and uplifting service, said Doris and Peter Baker from St Mary’s Church in Broomfield. The service was also a celebration of 140years of the Mothers’ Union. Bi ... read more

 Posted: 16 Mar 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

'A Celebration of Faith'

posted by: Joan | on: Tuesday, 15 March 2016, 13:47


Waltham Abbey Church

The Abbey Church of Waltham, Holy Cross and St Lawrence is the parish church of the town of Waltham Abbey, Essex. It has been a place of worship since the 7th century. The present building dates mainly from the early 12th century and is a fine example of Norman architecture. To the east of the existing church are traces of an enormous eastward enla ... read more

 Posted: 15 Mar 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

This Season of Love

posted by: Revd Marion Williams | on: Saturday, 13 February 2016, 09:36


Love for the unloved...

This is the season of love, roses and cards. Balloons, chocolate and cakes are all there in the media to remind us of love. However, this season like many festivals in our Christian Calendar can make many people sad, because they are vulnerable and alone or just lonely. This season can be difficult for many people... The love we seek, the recogniti ... read more

 Posted: 13 Feb 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Money, Money, Money.

posted by: Joan | on: Friday, 5 February 2016, 20:24


Hillary's talk was very interesting.

We spent a very interesting evening on Thursday 4th Feb at the Cathedral MU group, listening to Hillary Shallis explaining just how Mothers' Union money paid in by its members is spent, I would imajine that the majority of us MU members pay our subs once a year and don’t really worry about where our money ends up, trusting of course, that it ... read more

 Posted: 5 Feb 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Meet the President in the Barking area

posted by: Joan | on: Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 15:26


So happy to meet you Judith

We were Happy to meet the President in the Barking area. It was a lovely day for us all to go along to Holy Trinity Church in Ilford to meet Judith Meaden our new MU President. Well over fifty members were present to meet and greet the president and to spend a wonderful and inspiring day together. We started at 10.30am with prayers and a welcome t ... read more

 Posted: 3 Feb 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Meet the President in the Bradwell Area

posted by: Merrill Knight | on: Sunday, 24 January 2016, 16:11


Meet the President in the Bradwell Area

On Wednesday 22nd January we hosted one of the four Diocesan sessions to meet our new Diocesan President Judith Meaden. About seventy members from many different branches were welcomed to Emmanuel Church with refreshment and biscuits before going into church for prayers and an official welcome by Judith. We then divided into groups at tables in the ... read more

 Posted: 24 Jan 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

'Greetings from your President'.

posted by: Joan | on: Friday, 1 January 2016, 11:41


Happy New Year 2016

Greeings from your President… In her new role as Diocesan President, Judith Meaden sincerely hopes you all had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends and wishes all the Chelmsford Mothers’ Union Members a very happy, joyous and peaceful New Year 2016. Judith very much looks forward to meeting as many members as possible during ... read more

 Posted: 1 Jan 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Makes me stop and think!

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 30 December 2015, 14:48


My cup runneth over

It’s almost the end of 2015 and I trust that like me, you too look forward to a brand new year to come. And, just as in other years, after all the hectic preparations for umpteen Church services before and on Christmas day, and then for all the home and family hosting and visiting on and after the big day I usually take the few quiet days aft ... read more

 Posted: 30 Dec 2015 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Happy Christmas!

posted by: Joan | on: Tuesday, 22 December 2015, 16:42


Happy Christmas to you all...

Keep a look out for many more news items on the Chelmsford Mothers’ Union website in the New Year. I hope to upload lots of articles about local MU activities, as well as interviews with members, updates on our overseas links and new branch openings. I hope to bring you information on Saints, inspirational thoughts and ideas, prayers, poems a ... read more

 Posted: 22 Dec 2015 | There are 1 comments | make a comment / view comments

Mothers' Union Gamesmaker.

posted by: Josie levy | on: Saturday, 5 December 2015, 08:46


Gamesmaker

Mothers' Union Gamesmaker. Valerie Thompson came to one of our Mothers’ Union meeting to share with us her experiences of being a games maker at the 2012 Olympics. Valerie and her husband were both retired teachers. Looking back, she can remember having the radio on at the school waiting in anticipation to hear if London had been chosen for ... read more

 Posted: 5 Dec 2015 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Interview with Marion Ketley

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Saturday, 28 November 2015, 22:33


Mrion Ketley - MU President of the diocese of Chelmsford

My name is Marion Ketley and I am the retiring Diocesan President, having completed a term of six years. My journey with Mothers’ Union started in 1983. The church I attended at the time, St.James-the-Less, Hadleigh, had no active branch and when a keen member joined the congregation, having recently moved into the area, the branch was opened ... read more

 Posted: 28 Nov 2015 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

New MU Branch in North Woolwich

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 25 November 2015, 22:00


Congratulations to our new MU Branch

On Sunday 22nd November Valerie Thompson visited St John's, North Woolwich with Silvertown, Albert Road, London. E16 to open a new branch of the Mothers Union. Some ladies were already members so the new branch now has 20 members including the vicar Revd. John-Princely Croos. They are all looking forward to these new beginnings of prayer and fellow ... read more

 Posted: 25 Nov 2015 | There are 1 comments | make a comment / view comments

Thunderclap

posted by: Joan | on: Monday, 23 November 2015, 17:06


Show your Support

Emma Ham-Riche, a member in Chichester Diocese and soon to be on the Fundraising & Communications Committee, has kindly registered our 16 Days campaign message for a Thunderclap. This will enable us to really reach a wide audience at midday on 25th November. Please can you follow her link to support the campaign using your Mothers’ Union ... read more

 Posted: 23 Nov 2015 | There are 2 comments | make a comment / view comments

A New Branch for Havering.

posted by: Joan | on: Monday, 16 November 2015, 10:32


The new Havering branch.

On Sunday 15th November 2015 Marion Ketley, Revd. Mike Ketley and Valerie Thompson visited The Church of the Ascension. Collier Row, Romford to open a new branch of the Mothers Union. The church has had a branch in the past but the Revd. Bernadette Hull was very keen to have a branch at her church again. The members old and new look forward to thes ... read more

 Posted: 16 Nov 2015 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Women of the Bible.

posted by: Joan | on: Thursday, 12 November 2015, 19:24


Smiles and guesses?

Well, more like bible names on the table, for each table of three or four people were given an envelope containing lots of women of the bible’s names plus events or statements and our task was to match the women's names to other names, etc., such as ‘Mary matched with Jesus’, ‘Ruth matched with Naomi’ and ‘Jezebe ... read more

 Posted: 12 Nov 2015 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Interview with Mary Leach

posted by: Joan | on: Saturday, 24 October 2015, 14:34


Mary Leach - St Edward's Romford MU

Hello Chelmsford MU members I am Mary Leach. I belong to the St Edward's, Romford branch, and my position is Assistant Branch Leader. I believe I was enrolled in 1968 so that makes it 47 years since becoming a member. I can’t really recall why I joined the MU but at the time I attended St Paul's Church in Goodmayes where my late husband Alan ... read more

 Posted: 24 Oct 2015 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Pastoral Care.

posted by: Joan | on: Wednesday, 21 October 2015, 18:46


When there's no where else to turn...

Most churches hold a special All Souls service at the beginning of November so that those of us who are grieving can remember and pray for close family members who have passed from our lives and our world, those who we have loved but no longer see. Many also take this opportunity to visit the graves of their loved ones. All Souls day is closely as ... read more

 Posted: 21 Oct 2015 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

A Big Thank You.

posted by: Joan | on: Monday, 19 October 2015, 16:48


It wasn't the easiest website to manage, but Mike did! Thank you.

On behalf of the Trustees, Judith Meaden, Pauline Briggs and all the members of the Mothers Union in this diocese I would like to thank Revd Mike Ketley, for setting up the MUChelmsford.org.uk website in 2010 when Marion Ketley became our MU President; Mike continued to manage the website right up to Aug/September of this year. The website was a d ... read more

 Posted: 19 Oct 2015 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

YOUR new website

posted by: Joan | on: Saturday, 17 October 2015, 16:40


Joan

Hello to all Chelmsford Diocese MU members. I am delighted to tell you that I am now your MU website manager. Revd. Mike Ketley set up and managed the Chelmsford MU website when Marion Ketley became President of the Chelmsford Diocese in January 2010. And what a successful and caring Mothers' Union President she has been throughout all those years. ... read more

 Posted: 17 Oct 2015 | There are 5 comments | make a comment / view comments

October – Must Read

posted by: Joan | on: Thursday, 15 October 2015, 14:46


October in a nutshell

You must read October’s Faith and Policy Watch document – It’s jam-packed with information on the work of the Mothers’ Union. Faith Reflections talk of the Political Conference season with the new leaders looking to move forward on the main challenges of the 21st century. To help them and us a beautiful Franciscan Benedict ... read more

 Posted: 15 Oct 2015 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments