Mothers’ Union

Mothers’ Union

After August and a rest for everyone, we have a busy programme ahead.

The MU Deanery Coffee Morning is at 10.30am on Tuesday 12th September at St Hilda’s. As well as serving coffee, we will be having a blue and yellow stall.

Please can you bring items in blue and yellow for the stall. They can be brought to Corporate Communion on Tuesday 5th September or given to June or Dorothy beforehand. Also don’t forget to come!

At our Opening Service on Wednesday 27th September at 2pm, we will be at St Chad’s and will stay there for our tea and cake.

At St Chad’s we are raising money for the Caravan Project to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the Blackburn Diocese Mothers’ Union. There are still quizzes for sale at £1 each.

There will be a Service of Thanksgiving at the Cathedral to celebrate 90 years of MU in Blackburn Diocese on Saturday 14th October at 3pm when we will bring the money we have raised. It is hoped that there will be a coach for the deanery to go to the service and if you would like to go, please could you put your name on the list.

The theme for MU prayers for September is Generosity in Action of love and service

Don’t just talk about love. Put your love into action.Then it will truly be love. 1 John 3: 18 (NIRV)

May our love for God inspire us to show generosity in action.

Let our love for God be displayed in practical care for his people.

Let our words of love for God be written in acts of compassion.

May the truth of our love for God be confirmed by generous deeds.

Lord, teach us to be generous. Teach us to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to count the cost;

to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labour and not to ask for reward save that of knowing that we do your will.

Amen Saint Ignatius of Loyola

June Challis

Evening Mothers’ Union

Our meetings start again at 7.30pm on Tuesday 12th September with a service in Church where we will stay for our planning. Please come with your ideas and also remember that office hour is taking place in the church so try not to arrive too early.

June Challis

MU supporting families separated by imprisonment

In many areas of the World Mothers' Union members are active in supporting people in prison, and families whose lives are impacted by imprisonment. In developing countries, Mothers' Union take in food and clothing and spend time with prisoners in prayer. When prisoners have their children in prison with them, Mothers' Union do all they can to improve conditions for these children, providing blankets and fruit and vegetables to supplement the poor provision of the prison diet.

Focus on UK Prison work.

Within the UK & Ireland Mothers' Union is active in 112 prisons, including 14 women's prisons and 3 mother and baby units. Members' support is given to prisoners and their families in a variety of ways, depending on need, and all members who volunteer in prisons are encouraged to access appropriate training. All Mothers' Union volunteers are advised to access basic awareness training which follows the standards laid down by the Prison Service.

Throughout all the different types of support offered, members seek to help families sustain and develop their relationships whilst separated by imprisonment.

Groups and courses

Our parents' groups are run in prisons, helping prisoners to gain confidence in their ability before returning to their families.

I did wrong and got caught and I have had my punishment. I made mistakes with my children, but now I’ve been to this group I don’t intend to make the same mistakes with my grandchildren." A prisoner following a Mothers’ Union parenting session.

In prisons where Family Days are run, it is often Mothers’ Union members that provide much of the support to enable these to happen.

Fellowship

One of the many benefits of volunteers spending time in prison is that they can offer compassion and time for listening as well as caring for the family of prisoners. Our volunteers spend time with prisoners who have no one who visits them. In Worcester, Mothers' Union members provide a coffee and chat morning specifically for these prisoners.

"For the prisoners it is lovely to see someone from the outside world. Lovely for them to be like normal people -just to sit, relax and talk." Many Mothers' Union branches send Christmas and Easter cards to prisoners, some of whom write movingly that this is the only card they receive. Well over 5,000 cards are sent every year.

Working in partnership

Mothers’ Union carries out work alongside other charities and churches at a local level. We have a partnership with Time for Families, a charity that provides a relationship, parenting and budgeting course for couples. The Mothers' Union also supports Angel Tree projects in five prisons: this is a project that enables prisoners to send their child a Christmas gift, thereby maintaining important family links, and ensuring children do not feel unsupported or abandoned at this festive but vulnerable time. The Mothers' Union always works closely too with chaplaincy teams in prisons.

Supporting children

Over 200,000 children a year are affected by the imprisonment of a parent. As well as the Angel Tree project support, Mothers' Union prison volunteers support children through provision of play or crèche facilities during prison visits. In some prisons children receive Easter eggs or Christmas chocolate. Teddies are often lovingly knitted and given to children visiting prisons - providing a comforting companion during what can be a harsh, structured, stressful visit. In Leeds, members run a family day each month, they arrange for children to carry out fun activities with their dad, such as cooking.

Mothers’ Union groups in prison

Mothers’ Union groups exist inside the prison. Some groups run craft workshops and other activities such as getting the prisoners to write a book for their child. A very popular activity is to give prisoners the materials they need to make cards for special occasions or festivals, then encourage the prisoners to send the card to their loved one or family




  Mothers Union is an International organisation and this link will tell you more about the work they do.







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