Mothers’ Union

MU: 16 Days of Activism (25 November – 10 December)

16 Days of Activism 2021 (25th November – 10th December)

We come together to focus our prayers for those living with Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and those making a stand for change, as well as improving our understanding of the impact of GBV across society. Domestic abuse and GBV affect people in different ways. By having this focus, we are not forgetting others;

Mothers’ Union is against all forms of violence and abuse.

Our members show such passion and commitment in their work, as they make communities and individuals safer around the world.

Let us not be overcome but through our prayers and actions work together to make our world a place where we people can live to their full potential, without fear, in the knowledge that they are precious, have rights and that they are wonderfully made.

The MU in the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway invite all members of the Province to unite in prayer

beginning with a Zoom gathering of “Thursdays in Black” on Thursday 25th November at 13.00 – 13.15.

We are grateful for our Diocesan Bishop, Kevin Pearson for joining us and for our Diocesan and Provincial Presidents for leading us in prayer.

At 13.00 there will be a short introduction followed by prayers, a keeping of three minutes silence ending with final prayer and blessing.

Please wear a black top and be aware we will record the Zoom to place as a witness on our website and Facebook page.

Link: Maxine Gow is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.  The link will open 12.45

 Topic: Thursday in Black MU event

Time: Thursday 25, 2021 13:00

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Every MU branch is called to mark in some way The Global Day on 27th November reflecting on #nomore1in3

calling for an end to violence and abuse suffered by 1 in 3 women across the World.

There will be an opportunity for branch members and their supporters to witness in Glasgow outside St. Mary’s Cathedral

Please gather at 12.45 to join in 3 minutes silence from 13.03 to 13.06. Other events are happening across the region.

A prayer diary for the 16 days can be obtained from Mary Sumner House.

Thank you for your support

Ann Wren, Trustee of Glasgow and Galloway.

MU Office Bearers Commissioned

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The new office bearers, except the Treasurer who was on holiday, were commissioned at our MU Eucharist held in October by The Rector who presented us with candles to mark the occasion.

The Treasurer was commissioned at the November Eucharist by Revd. Ann Wren, Diocesan Trustee who presented us with our certificates. A happy time was enjoyed by all with tea, cake and conversation.

At our October lunch meeting our speaker was Kim Tofield, our Treasurer, who gave us a wonderful presentation on the History and Architecture of many of the churches in Dumfries, both functioning and recycled. Kim’s research was extensive and the clear photos brought the subject to life. Many questions and much discussion followed and Kim was thanked for us by Maureen.

Our next lunch time meeting (bring your own sandwiches) will be on November 18 when member Jenny Lawson will talk about her collection of Triang dolls houses and what creative pleasure they give her. We welcome visitors at 12.30 .

[Photo shows, l to r, the Revd Ann Wren, Diocesan Trustee, Mary Solley, Lizanne MacKenzie, Kim Tofield, Carolynne Sorrell and the Revd Chris Wren]

MU – About Us

Scottish Charity: SC023885

St John’s Church, Dumfries

Mothers’ Union is a global organisation and its members are active in 84 countries and work tirelessly to serve their communities whilst offering Christian care for families, regardless of faith or background. MU strives to end violence, end poverty, end injustice, building resilience, challenging prejudice, and advocating change.

View or download our 2021-22 programme below.

Some of the activities of St John’s members include support for Dumfries Women’s Aid, support for the Smalls for All charity in collaboration with the Diocese, provision of toiletries for people in hospital, participation in the MU network of prayer, and work with the Mothers’ Union in our twin Diocese of Byumba.

Despite its name, MU is an inclusive organisation, supporting families and projects around the world. Anyone is welcome to come along – you do not have to be a mother, married, or even female! There is a Eucharist on the first Thursday of each month, at 2pm. Our monthly meetings take place on the third Thursday of each month. Our guest speaker(s) give us a ‘window on the world’, raising awareness and challenging us to continue to serve as MU members. We gather in the Hall from 12.30, with prayers at 12.45 and lunch at 1pm. Due to Covid restrictions we are unable to serve soup as we normally do, but please bring your own sandwich lunch, and tea and coffee will be provided. MU members look forward to welcoming you!

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