Locally, Mothers’ Union (MU) is a small group of people, mostly but not exclusively women, who meet together once a month, usually in each other’s homes. In fun and friendship and what we in church call fellowship, we encourage and support each other in our faith and in living it out in the communities we are part of. We have speakers who inform us about projects locally and in the wider world, which although they are not all specifically ‘Christian’ never the less demonstrate the love and compassion which reflects God’s care for all people.
Since 1876, when Mary Sumner first brought together a few parents in her own parish to build their confidence in bringing up their children in the Christian faith, Mothers’ Union membership has multiplied to over 4 million worldwide.
MU aims to promote and support married life, to encourage parents in developing the faith of their children, to maintain a worldwide fellowship of Christians united in prayer, worship and service, to promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life and the protection of children and to help those whose family life has met with adversity.
During the last year we have been able to support the women’s refuge in Ipswich by providing ‘kettle food’ for the drop-in centre, items of clothing for mums and children and gift vouchers for presents at Christmas. We have also contributed to the MU AFIA fund (Away From It All) which offers breaks away from home to those who would otherwise not be able to have one. We have also helped fund an MU Parenting Group led by a trained volunteer who has been working with parents from a local primary school. Together they have been sharing the joys and challenges of parenting.
You may have seen our ‘report’ in our local parish magazine which always includes an invitation to join us. Maybe you are interested in what we do, maybe you feel a bit lonely or isolated and would like to join a small friendly group. You really would be most welcome - why not give Linda Ginn 01728 748365 or Viv Buckle 01394610971 a call - if you need a lift to meetings we will do our best to arrange it.
Meetings start at 2.30pm, include tea and cakes and finish around 4pm. Our April meeting is on Monday 23rd in Badingham when our speaker will be from ‘Homestart’ and on Monday May 21st we will be meeting in the Easterling Room at Campsea Ashe Station when Clare Thomas an MU member who recently visited Rwanda will give an illustrated talk about the work of MU there.
You can find out more about the Mothers’ Union in Suffolk on their website at musuffolk.org.uk