A thousand Mothers' Union members encouraged in their everyday faith

At their recent 2019 AGM, around one thousand Mothers’ Union (MU) members were encouraged to continue sharing God’s love and deepening their everyday faith, including in a talk by one of our own church leaders from here in Leicestershire.


Worldwide Mothers’ Union President, Sheran Harper encouraged members to “always act as living proof of a loving God.” 


Sheran told of the difference MU was making in places like South Africa, where they are supporting disaster risk reduction through the planting of special grasses, which can also be a source of income generation for poorer communities and in Sri Lanka where MU is supporting the education of young people orphaned in the recent wave of bombings.  She continued that the MU was like a stick of rock, where faith ran through the middle – a global, women and volunteer led movement driven by our faith in Jesus Christ.


Members from Durham, Liverpool, Scotland and Ireland shared practical examples of everyday faith, such as the new MU branch which has started in a women’s prison both supporting women during their time in prison and in rehabilitation post-release, or the breakfast, lunch and clothing clubs for children living in poverty, or the ‘dignity bags’ which women prisoners in another prison are helped to sew so they can carry their belongings out in a duffle rather than black plastic bag upon release.  CEO, Bev Jullien outlined the theme for the next year of MU, hope and confidence.


Members also heard from the guest speaker for the day and MU member, Revd Barry Hill, from Market Harborough in the Diocese of Leicester.  Barry spoke on evangelism, discipleship and how to work well with clergy.  Sharing specific stories of the “mini-revolutions of mission” Mothers’ Union are making across the country in areas like gender based violence, education, exploitation and prison work, he encouraged the gathering “not to settle for a smaller, easier vision of the difference Mothers’ Union are called to make in the Kingdom of God.” 


He continued: “Whilst Mothers’ Unions are often known for being excellent at hospitality, we know cuppas and cakes are only a tiny part of the bigger calling.  Most of our country know a committed Christian, most don’t know a Vicar.  Mothers’ Union members are brilliantly placed to share faith and make a practical Kingdom of God difference Monday to Saturday.” 


Asking people how many had seen the Downton Abbey film and then how many hold told someone what it was like, Barry encouraged members to make sharing faith less complicated, witnessing to God’s love as normally as a good restaurant, book or film: “If we think there is a crack gathering of elite MU members in a Guildhall elsewhere in the country we are wrong!  We are God’s plan, and the good news is that he has given all we need to show and tell of his goodness to all.” 


 After sharing a list he was given from the current diocesan MU President and Harborough branch leader of practical ways MUs and clergy can work better together, he concluded in prayer which he described as “the wind turbine of the church”, noting that most renewal movements in England came out of prayer, often led by women, and from the margins.






First published on: 25th September 2019

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