All Saints' Branch of the Mothers Union
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The Mothers' Union is a worldwide charity providing Christian care for families. Click here for an introduction. Further details and literature are available from Dorothy.
The All Saints' branch of the Mothers' Union is closely involved with family activities within the Church and meets once a month to enjoy a variety of talks and visits, all relevant to living with our faith in the everyday life of our homes and families.
Our meetings are usually held in the Church Meeting Room on the second Tuesday beginning at 7.30 p.m. and are open to everyone, both men and women, whether married or not - all are welcome. We are the only remaining branch in Hertford and Ware and welcome members who worship in other parishes or who move into the area.
Lifts can be arranged if needed, please speak to Dorothy or Rosemary
|Branch Leader:||Mrs Dorothy Toyn||01992 589781|
|Branch Secretary:||Mrs Rosemary Bolton||01992 589535|
|Branch Treasurer:||Mrs Ann Stephens-Jones||01992 447726|
|Tues 11th January||7pm||AGM and Planning Meeting Our annual planning meeting & pot luck supper with finger buffet food. Please come with good ideas for 2022. Venue: All Saints’ Meeting Room.|
|Tuesday 8th February||7.30pm||Looking at Family History Dorothy Toyn will lead a chat about looking at Family History – the fun and pitfalls of searching one’s ancestry. All welcome with your own tales! . ZOOM MEETING Joining details to follow|
|21st February - 6th March||Fairtrade Fortnight Fairtrade's mission continues to ensure that all farmers are paid fairly for their work and are able to earn a living income. Support Fairtrade by buying these products in your supermarket.|
|Friday 4th March||10.30am||Women's World Day of Prayer All are welcome to join in this service for the ‘World Day of Prayer’ in Holy Trinity, Bengeo. Coffee & Cake to follow.|
|Tuesday 8th March||7.30pm||Lent meeting Rev Bill Church will lead us in our Lent Reflection.|
|Friday 25th March||TBA||Lady Day Service|
|Saturday 26th March||10.15 to 2.30pm||Diocesan Spring Sharing Day. Vision Hall Christ Church Watling Street Radlett WD7 7JJ|
|Saturday 26th March||2pm||Mothering Sunday Our normal Mothering Sunday posy preparation.|
|Sunday 27th March||10am||Mothering Sunday Service “Make a Mother's Day”|
|Tuesday 12th April||7.30pm||The Bible: From Manuscript to Digital Ann-Marie Parker will give an illustrated talk on the fascinating subject of the history of ink, pen, paper & printing|
|Tuesday 10th May||7.30pm||The 4th Plinth in Trafalgar Square Lindsay Davies will give an illustrated talk about the time she put together something for this ever-changing space in London.|
|Saturday 11th June||10.00-2.30pm||Diocesan Annual Meeting St Barnabas Centre, St James the Great Church, Church Lane, Bishop Stortford, CM23 4BE.|
|Tuesday 14th June||7.30||My Brother on D Day Mollie Day will tell us about her brother’s landing on the Normandy Beaches and his heroic actions that followed.|
|Wednesday 22nd June||4.00pm||Wave of Prayer Our Deanery Wave of Prayer. Details to follow.|
|Friday 24th June||1.00pm||The Gotha Garden at Pembroke Farm , near Baldock. Come and join us for a stroll around these lovely gardens followed by cake and a refreshing cup of tea in the cafe. Lifts available|
|Friday 22nd July||12 noon||Lunch at Pearces Farm Shop Celebrating our Branch and all its Members! Lifts available.|
|Monday 9th August.||Mary Sumner Day.|
|August.||No Branch meeting. Possible Afternoon Tea Party|
|Tuesday 13th September||7.30pm||Hopefully a talk about the Old All Saints’ Church. TBC and whether September or October.|
|Tuesday 11th October||7.30 pm||Doing Our Own Thing! Each member to share a little something about an interesting place visited this year or event you have been to. 10 mins each.|
|Tuesday 18th October||TBC||St Luke's Day Pray for Prayer Circle Friends.|
|Saturday 5th November||10.15-2.30||Diocesan Autumn Sharing Day Diocesan Autumn Sharing Day. St Pauls, Pixmore Way, Letchworth SG6 1QT|
|Tuesday 8th November||7.30pm||My Year as Mayor of Hertford Rosemary Bolton will talk to us about her year as Mayor of Hertford.|
|Sunday 14th November||4.00pm||Messy Church 4-6pm St John’s Hall. Our MU travelling cribs will be blessed & sent on their journeys from home to home until Christmas Eve. Cribs available to suit all ages. If you would like a crib to come to your home, please let us know.|
|tbc||tbc||December Wreath Making As part of our preparation for Advent and Christmas we hope to come together to make Christmas wreaths.|
|Tuesday 10th January 2023||7.30pm||AGM & Planning Meeting Our annual planning meeting & pot luck supper with finger buffet food. Please come with good ideas for 2023. Venue: All Saints’ Meeting Room.|
The Mothers Union
The Mothers Union is a world-wide organisation within the Anglican Church. There are 4 million members in 84 countries around the world, 122,000 of them in the UK alone. Its purpose is to be especially concerned with all that strengthens and preserves marriage and Christian family life.
Through Action and Outreach, the M.U. reaches the wider community. Prison visiting, running parenting groups, providing 'Away from it all' holidays for needy families, and running family Contact Centres to enable estranged parents to visit their children following relationship breakdowns, are just some of the ways the M.U. is achieving its aims.
Members pray regularly for their overseas contemporaries. An overseas fund supports projects in needy parts of the world. The M.U. recently received three-quarters of a million pounds from Comic Relief, to help extend and develop its literacy and development programme in Burundi, Maiawi, and the Sudan. Women are being taught to read and write, allowing them to have increased confidence and control over every aspect of their lives, to the benefit of their families and the wider community.
Closer to home, we at All Saints have had many interesting and memorable speakers and visits over the last fifteen years. The Mothers Union banner stands resplendent next to the children's altar; on two occasions we have been able to give it an outing as it joined a sea of banners parading through St. Albans Abbey, at M.U. Diocesan Festivals.
The numerous speakers, both 'home grown' and from further afield have provided us with a diversity of talks over the years, from seasonal meditations, to far flung corners of the globe, our meetings have catered for all ages tastes and needs. Our annual programme is on the blue notice board at the back of church (or on our web page). Copies are available to take home. Please join us regularly or on an occasional basis if a specific topic is of interest to you. Either way, you will be very welcome!
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