Mothers Union @ Hinchley Wood is a small branch of a very large organisation. The MU is an international Christian charity that seeks to support families worldwide. In 83 countries our members share one heartfelt vision - to bring about a world where God's love is shown through loving, respectful and flourishing relationships. This is not a vague hope, but a goal we actively pursue through prayer, programmes, policy work and community relationships. By supporting marriage and family life, especially in times of adversity, we tackle the most urgent needs of challenging relationships and communities.
Our members are not all mothers, or even all women. Our 4 million members are made up of females, males, single and married people, parents, grandparents, or young adults just beginning to express their social conscience. The MU provides a network through which we can serve Christ in our own community- through prayer, financial support and actively working at the grassroots level through programmes that meet local needs.
We lobby local and national governments on issues affecting family life and campaign to challenge legislation that neglects the vulnerable and marginalised. We are also represented at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
At a local level, here in Hinchley Wood, we have a regular programme of events throughout the year supporting, not only the work of the parish of Hinchley Wood, but also many of the MU international projects. We have fun at the same time and welcome anyone who would like to come along and join us.
Sunday 15th January 10.00 am
MU Service with address by Jean and Antonia about Core Values, followed by AGM – collection of subs. etc. Discuss and plan for Pilgrimage of Prayer. Optional Lunch at The Angel afterwards.
Thursday 23rd February 6.30 pm (Please note day and time) Dominic Raab MP will attend and address the Meeting. Final collection of subs. And final arrangements for Emly Deanery P of P on 7th March and venue for lunch afterwards.
Tuesday 7th March 11.00 am Emly Deanery Pilgrimage of Prayer in the Lady Chapel at the Cathedral followed by Lunch
Saturday, 25th March 11.00 am Lady Day Family Eucharist Service at Cathedral. MU’s CEO Bev Julien will give the address. Followed by Cathedral/MU hosted family craft in Marquee.
Wednesday 12th April 8.00 pm Compline in Church
Thursday 18th May Spring All Members’ Meeting at All Saints, Woodham. No Branch Meeting as all members included in this meeting
Wednesday 14th June 7.30 pm Talk by Helen Morgan on ‘Faith in Action’
Wednesday 12th July 7.30 pm Talk by Sylvia Taylor – Advocacy/Faith/Prayer
Wednesday 9th August 11.00 am - 3.00 pm MU Summer Party at Normandy Village Hall. Member/Family picnic day out.
Thursday 9th November Autumn All Members Meeting with Lynne Tenby (World Wide President)
Wednesday 13th September at 6.30 for 7.0 pm Summer Garden Supper at 64 Claygate Lane. Bring and Share Supper – husbands welcome
Friday 29th September and Saturday 30th September MU Annual Meeting in Edinburgh
Join the Diocesan Group and stay in the Premier Inn
Wednesday 12th October 7.30 Branch Meeting Make up Christmas bags for the women in Refuges
Wednesday 8th November Lynne Tenby, The World Wide President visiting
Wednesday 13th December 7.30 pm Joint meeting with WWF in the Secondary School. Speaker will be Amanda Waring, actress and campaigner for better care for the elderly. Mince pies and Sherry
Sunday 14th January 2018 AGM after 10.00 am Service