What is the Mothers’ Union?
What image does the Mothers’ Union conjure up in your mind? Do you just think of elderly ladies drinking cups of tea? It is a great deal more than that but, unless we do something about it, that will become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The MU was founded in 1876 by Mary Sumner to help mothers of all classes to help and support each other. Since then it has grown into a world-wide Christian, charitable organisation with 4 million members. It seeks to support families across the world and closer to home. Its members come from all walks of life, not necessarily married or mothers. Men are also welcome. Its main aim is to support marriage and family life in many different practical ways and at both ends of the age spectrum.
While the MU is thriving and flourishing in many deprived countries around the world, in Britain numbers are falling, as the membership ages. Does this mean that the work is no longer relevant, because we are a prosperous country? Surely any newspaper or news report on television will quickly contradict that idea.
So what does the local MU do today?
At Diocesan level, the Blackburn Diocese MU owns and runs a caravan, which is based at Morecambe and is available for families who would otherwise have no chance of a holiday. It has also recently published a simple cookery book for young mums, who may only have a hob and microwave to provide for young families. This project was launched with great success in Blackpool and it is hoped to take it across the diocese.
In October 2015, we met in St. John’s Church, Calder Vale, when our speaker was Canon Ron Greenall, who told us about receiving the Maundy Money from the Queen earlier this year. We were able to touch the bags and the money itself. It was clearly an awe-inspiring experience for him.
Also in October, nine members travelled to Pilling to join 120 members from across the Deanery for our ‘Bit of a Do’. We enjoyed a superb buffet lunch prepared by members and then listened to Mr. Tom Boyd, a Reader from Singleton, who told us about his attempts in the 1950s and 1960s to become a pop star. He illustrated it with snippets from the songs of the time. We all remembered the words and joined in with great gusto!
In November 2015 we met in Barnacre Memorial Hall to hear from Mrs. Doreen Burrell about her journey to Bangladesh earlier this year, when for the first time, she was able to find the war grave of her father, whom she never met. We saw some wonderful photographs of a very different way of life and were able to see some of the mementoes that she still has of her father. It was a very moving and thought-provoking meeting.
In December 2015 ww had our Christmas meeting in Barnacre with carols and mince pies, with invited guests from other branches.
If you have not yet had a chance to have a look at our new noticeboards, please take the time to have a read to find out more about the Mothers’ Union and consider if it might be a group, which you would like to join. I should be pleased to know if there are any younger members of the three churches who would like to set up an evening group. Please contact me via the Parish Office contact details. Meanwhile all are welcome to our afternoon meetings.
Here’s an interesting article on the MU website:
Mothers’ Union Programme 2016
3rd January AGM @ Barnacre Memorial Hall
7th February “Potholing” @ Barnacre Memorial Hall
7th March “The Social History of Garstang” @ St John’s, Calder Vale
4th April More Aspects of Mothers’ Union @ St Peter’s, Scorton
2nd May Musical Afternoon Tea @ Barnacre Memorial Hall
5th September Communion with Revd Anton Muller @ St Peter’s, Scorton
3rd October Wave of Prayer service @ St John’s, Calder Vale
7th November “The Samaritans” @ Barnacre Memorial Hall
5th December Christmas meeting @ Barnacre Memorial Hall
Last updated: January 24, 2017 at 14:09 pm