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Dear Friend and Member,

I hope you are keeping well. It seems we will possibly not meet up again
until our September meeting, so I hope you enjoy the rest of the summer
and keep safe.

It was with great sadness we heard of the death of Barbara Schofield’s husband,
Ged, who tragically lost his fight with Covid 19 a few weeks ago. Ged was a
very loyal member of our team who helped to prepare the hall for our meetings
and put everything away before we went home. He will be greatly missed. Our
heartfelt sympathy goes out to Barbara and her family at this sad time.

Our best wishes go to Jean Manning and her daughter Jean who have not been well and
we wish them a speedy recovery.

Fingers crossed as lockdown eases, our meetings will be able to resume in the Autumn.
Until then, stay safe and God Bless.                                                                                                             Marian

 

Hello to all

I have collected together some information of work in Ireland and Tanzania and
have added the knitting pattern for Knitted Hearts for those who like knitting
with a prayer message at the bottom that you can send to someone.

Church misprints/mistakes taken from the Sunday Times this week

“The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in
the basement.”

“Low self-esteem support group will meet Thursday at 7pm. Please use the back door.”

                                                                                                                                         
June

Prayers on the theme of Building Hope and Confidence - Songs of hope from Psalms   God is attentive

Lord of all attentiveness, we will rejoice with songs of hope to gladden our hearts and
bring praise to your name. I lift up
my eyes to the mountains –where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber.

Indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you – the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now
and for evermore.  Amen         (Psalm 121)

 

The MU response continues

Within Britain and Ireland, members are not only producing much needed equipment for front line workers and carers, they are making soothing items for those who cannot be with their loved ones.

Across Ireland local MU embers have worked together during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Northern Ireland members in Down and Dromore, Connor and Armagh are working
with the coordinating body, NI Scrubs, to fulfil the critical need for
protective clothing. One member said “I made 10 scrub tops one week - I
received pre-cut material and added contrast details in order to brighten
them”.

Another reported: “I’ve worked now for three weeks making six sets each week …”
Since March, NI Scrubs has made 22,000 set of scrubs.. Volunteers who love to
sew have been kept busy and it has also helped to improve the mental health of
those involved.

There is still action in the community though - some members are volunteering
at food banks and some are collecting the basics required by women’s refuges;
so that the women and children who escape from abusive households and are
forced to live in refuges can be adequately fed and clothed. A community
leader said on the radio recently that domestic violence is currently as bad a
pandemic as COVID-19. This is indeed a sobering thought.

Meanwhile, the fight against the disease is taking place across the world.



Mother's Union in Tanzania (pictured) are facing unique challenges. They are delivering training, reminding people of simple steps to avoid spreading the disease. The MU team in Tanzania found that there was a significant knowledge gap about COVID-19. People in general did not have enough information and were not aware of the dangers. This was especially
the case in villages and with those who were vulnerable including impoverished people, the elderly, orphans and street children. They plan to reach vulnerable people in a specific village, known as Sukamahela village in the Diocese of Rift Valley where people with leprosy are living. The plan is to raise awareness and provide soap, buckets, masks, sanitizers,
food, information posters and brochures.
 
 
UK MU members who don't have access to the internet at home, can still hear MU Midday prayers thanks to the Church of England's Daily Hope line. Just call 0800 804 8044 from a UK mobile or landline and press option 4, then option 8.
 

Blacklivesmatter 

Bound together in our shared belief that every person is created equal in the eyes of God, Mothers’ Union has worked for over 140 years towards the vision of a world where God’s love is shown through loving, respectful and flourishing relationships, for everyone. Since the tragic death of George Floyd, the MU encourages our members to continue to reflect, pray and unite to help find a peaceful, compassionate and lasting solution to end racism, wherever it is found.

Nelson Mandela said, "No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."

For all Christians around the world, we need to join hands and invite God's intervention over the situation.                                                                      Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 I miss our meetings and corporate communions. Terry and I look forward to outings such as a visit to the Warfarin Clinic or to the post box! I never thought I would get excited about going somewhere just down the road!
As Marian says, let us hope we can meet up in September. I hope this letter widens your outlook on the world and uplifts you knowing the good things that are happening around us.
 
 
Some more colouring!
 
Best
wishes to you all.  
 
June










 

 

 

 

 









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