The Glasgow and Galloway Festival service on Saturday August 11th, focused on walking in Mary Summer’s footprints. Rev. Dominic Ind of Helensburgh was only installed at St Michael and All Angels on the previous Saturday, so this was his first introduction to Mothers’ Union members in this diocese.
This was the last service Bishop Gregor would be here for, as he is retiring so it
was a blessing to have him. He spoke about how inspiring Mary Sumner was in her
day, that she had a mission and definitely worked out of her comfort zone.
Our chaplain Rev Lucy led the service beautifully and members from St Michael and
All Angels took the Intercessions. We were well represented by our new branches of
Motherwell and Hamilton and many members came a great distance. We all enjoyed getting
to know one another over lunch.
MU Exhibition in Motherwell
The newly re-established branch at Holy Trinity Motherwell has created an exhibition
about the work of the Mothers’ Union within the Community Exhibition Space at North
Lanarkshire Heritage Centre.
Above are some of the team from the branch who were involved in setting up the exhibition.
Please go to the branch page for more details.
Spring Council 2018
Our Spring Council service and meeting was held on the 24th March at Holy Trinity
Church in Kilmarnock. The members showed their support for our new Diocesan Treasurer
who was commissioned at the service (above).
The business meeting took place in the hall following a sharing lunch where the team
at Kilmarnock provided tea and coffee (above) and some lovely cakes and tray bakes.
Thank you to them and all who made the effort to come along to make the meeting a
The MU theme for 2108 is In Mary Sumner’s Footsteps. So how can we walk in her footsteps?
She dreamt of a time when every home would provide a nurturing healthy environment
for children with faith as the foundation of family life. She campaigned for the
age of marriage for girls to be raised from 12 to 16. She spoke out against condemning
and casting out unmarried girls with children and indeed cared and protected her
own niece and her illegitimate son. She was active in many areas of social injustice
and not afraid to go against the social norm despite resistance from the establishment.
We also try to continue the work she started. Some MU members help in prisons giving
positive support to families. Christmas cards are delivered to prisoners to show
our care for them.
We support and display The Shoe Exhibition, which raises awareness of domestic abuse.
Some of us have also been trained as spiritual befrienders for the victims of human
trafficking. Many branches now take part in the 16 Days of Activism against Gender
We visit Care Homes, collect for Foodbanks, support refugees, donate goods to Maternity
Hospitals and support other charities in their work across Africa.
All across our diocese there are MU Branches doing amazing work both at home and
abroad. At a branch I visited last year one lady interested, but not yet a member,
said to me, ‘I didn’t realise MU did so much. It’s amazing how small things they
do can mean so much to others.’ One example of this is where we donate toothpaste
and toothbrushes to the Smileawi project in Malawi. I was reminded recently that
a tube of toothpaste costs the equivalent of one day’s wages there. Such a small
thing for us but not for the recipient.
At the heart of all our work is of course prayer. We thank Sue Brough for her continuing
work on our Prayer Chain. It is so special to be able to pray with members at our
meetings and services.