About Our St. Augustine’s Branch
Our Branch is run by a committee which are: Kehinde Lipede, Jenny Davis, Babs Florence, Jenny Hawes, Anita Evelden, Aliziki Madriola, Blessing Enamejewa and Lindsey Eve.
We do lots of fundraising for different M.U projects and appeals that are worldwide or local in the UK. We do this throughout the year that include cake sales, bring and buy stalls, a quiz night & raffles.
We meet the first Wednesday of each month (but not in Lent), usually in the evening at 8 pm in the vestry with a guest speaker talking on their specialist subject.
Topics can vary from Father Gavin discussing spiritual matters to a Mothers Union representative informing us on projects we have helped or aspects of the daily running of M.U or the field that they manage. We have in the past had people come to talk about their hobbies and interests for example: the history of our St. Augustine’s Church, a bee keeper, a first aider. We’ve also had meetings when we have just got together to tell our own stories on themes like out favourite piece of music or song and what it means to us.
We try to fit in a couple of daytime meetings each year. We have a “bring and share picnic” in August and a Christmas Lunch in December where guests and children are invited to come along.
So as you can see it is quite a varied mix of subjects and events that cater for all. We are happy for any non-members (guests) to attend our meetings.
We are a very friendly branch that always welcomes new members.
Dates for your Diary
6th December. Christmas Lunch 12.noon in the Church Hall. I hope this will be well supported, following on from its success last year. If any Mothers’ Union member has not booked their place, please see Babs Florence or Jennifer Davis.
Gender Based Violence 16 days of Activism Please pray for the 16 days of activism against gender based violence against women and girls. The Mothers’ Union is focussing on combating the stigma surrounding gender based violence, by breaking the power of silence, lifting the shame placed on survivors and shifting the blame from victim to perpetrator.
Next Meeting. There is no meeting in January and the next meeting will be the AGM on February 7th at 8 pm in the vestry.
THE MOTHERS' UNION PRAYER
Loving Lord, we thank you for your love so freely given to us all. We pray for families around the world. Bless the work of the Mothers' Union as we seek to share your love through the encouragement, strengthening and support of marriage and family life. Empowered by your Spirit, may we be united in prayer and worship, And, in love and service, reach out as your hands across the world. In Jesus' name. Amen
Link to The Mothers' Union: www.themothersunion.org
St Augustine’s Mothers' Union Branch News
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