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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 Toyn01992 589781
Branch Secretary:Mrs Rosemary Bolton01992 589535
Branch Treasurer: Mrs Ann Stephens-Jones01992 447726

2021 Programme

Tues 5th January7pmAGM and Planning Meeting Our annual planning meeting and pot luck supper with refreshments and finger buffet food in the Church Meeting Room at 7pm. Please come with good ideas for 2021.
Friday 29th January2pmSt Alban Diocese East Cluster Meeting & Epiphany service: ZOOM MEETING: ID 831 5042 1402 Passcode 185326
Tuesday 9th February 7.00pm‘A light hearted look back on a Physio Career – From Whitechapel to The Mall!’ Dorothy Toyn will chat about her career as a physiotherapist and the various interesting places it has led her to. ZOOM MEETING Joining details to follow
22nd February - 7th MarchFairtrade Fortnight This year’s focus will be on cocoa, our 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 5th MarchTBAWomen's World Day of Prayer All are welcome to join in this service for the ‘World Day of Prayer’ from Hertford Methodist Church. ZOOM MEETING TBC
Wednesday 17th March7.30pmLent meeting Janet Bird will lead us in our Lent Reflection. ZOOM MEETING Joining details to follow
Saturday 13th March2pmMothering Sunday Our normal Mothering Sunday posy preparation is unlikely to happen due to the pandemic.
Sunday 14th March10amMothering Sunday Service “Make a Mother's Day”
Thursday 25th March2.00pmLady Day Service
Saturday 27th March10.15 to 2.30pmDiocesan Spring Sharing Day ZOOM MEETING followed by Lady Day Service
Tuesday 13th April7.00pmMissionaries in Southern Africa Nerine Chalmers sketches of the lives and journeys of missionaries in Southern Africa in the early nineteenth century. ZOOM MEETING.
10th to 16th MayNational Marriage Week 'Naked Marriage'
Tuesday 11th May7.00pmFun Quiz Night Fun for all the family with Rosemary Bolton as Quiz Master! ZOOM MEETING Joining details to follow
Friday 11th June1.30pmGibberd Garden, Harlow Meet at 1.30pm. Come and join us for a stroll around these lovely gardens and cafe followed by a refreshing cup of tea. Lifts available.
Thursday 24th June4.00pmWave of Prayer Our Deanery Wave of Prayer. Details to follow.
Saturday 26th June10.00-2.30pmDiocesan Annual Meeting St Barnabas Centre, St James the Great Church, Church Lane, Bishop Stortford, CM23 4BE.
Friday 16th July12 noonLunch 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 28th September7.30pmPoetry Evening We are very pleased to welcome Helen Briggs to our meeting to come and lead the Poetry Evening, She is going to bring a favorite poem of hers which we will hear and chat about. Please bring some poetry that means something to you that you would like to share. Venue: All Saints’ 'Cafe' area.
Tuesday 19th October7.30 pmPOSTPONED DUE TO ILLNESS. 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. Venue: All Saints’ Memorial Chapel
Wednesday 27th October (Half Term) 2.30 pmSeeing the Wood from the trees Rev Bill Church will encourage us to look at our trees and woodlands with new interest, including those within All Saints Churchyard. Suitable for those who attend Fiona Earle’s Eco Walks! Venue: All Saints’ Memorial Chapel 2pm for 2.30 (+ Tea & Cake!) - Children welcome.
Saturday 6th November10.15-2.30Diocesan Autumn Sharing Day Diocesan Autumn Sharing Day. Church of St Andrew, Kimbolton Road, Bedford, MK40 2NG
Tuesday 9th November7.30pmHertford's Blue Plaques Jean Riddell will tell us about the Blue plaques in Hertford placed of buildings of interest – either architecturally or because of who lived there. Venue: All Saints’ Memorial Chapel
Sunday 14th November4.00pmMessy 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.
tbctbcDecember Wreath Making As part of our preparation for Advent and Christmas we hope to come together to make Christmas wreaths.
Tuesday 11th January 20227.30pmAGM & 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.

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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