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 7th January||7pm||AGM 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 2019.|
|Tuesday 11th February||7.30pm||Swifts Jenny Rawson from the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust will show a film and speak about the problems facing the Swift population and what we can do to help these great birds.|
|24th February - 9th March||Fairtrade Fortnight Support Fairtrade by buying these products in your supermarket.|
|Friday 6th March||10.30am||Women's World Day of Prayer Theme: Rise! Take your mat and walk. All are welcome to join in this service for the World Day of Prayer. Venue: United Reform Church, Hertford.|
|Tuesday 10th March||7.30pm||Lent meeting Janet Bird will lead us in our Lent Reflection. Venue: All Saints’ Memorial Chapel (Another meeting in Mtg Room)|
|Saturday 21st March||2pm||Mothering Sunday posy preparation. Venue: 12 Warren Terrace, Bengeo|
|Sunday 22nd March||10am||Mothering Sunday Service “Make a Mother's Day” – Mothers’ Union ethical gift catalogues available from the back of the Church.|
|Wednesday 25th March||2.00pm||Lady Day Service Venue: Stapleford Lifts available.|
|Saturday 28th March||10.15 to 2.30pm||Diocesan Spring Sharing Day/ “Communities of Interest” Bev Jullien. MU CEO. Venue: Vision Hall, Christ Church, Watling Street, Radlett, WD7 7JJ|
|Wednesday 8th April||2.30pm||Cathedrals Susan Oxlade. We will be joining Stapleford MU for this meeting. Venue: Stapleford Church. Lifts available.|
|11th to 17th May||National Marriage Week|
|Tuesday 12th May||7.30pm||A local D Day story… Molly Day will be talking about her brother landing in Normandy on D Day and his subsequent story. Venue: All Saints' Memorial Chapel|
|Friday 12th June||1.30pm||Gibberd 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.|
|Wednesday 24th June||4.00pm||Wave of Prayer Our Deanery Wave of Prayer service will be at Stapleford Church. Lifts available.|
|Saturday 27th June||10.00-2.30pm||Diocesan Annual Meeting St Barnabas Centre, St James the Great Church, Church Lane, Bishop Stortford, CM23 4BE|
|Friday 17th July||12 noon||Lunch at Pearces Farm Shop Celebrating our Branch and all its Members! Lifts available.|
|Saturday 9th August.||Mary Sumner Day.|
|August.||No Branch meeting.|
|Tuesday 15th September||7.30pm||Hertford'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|
|Tuesday 13th October||7.30pm||Missionaries in Southern Africa Nerine Chalmers sketches of the lives and journeys of missionaries in Southern Africa in the early nineteenth century. Venue: All Saints’ Memorial Chapel|
|Wednesday 28th October (Half Term)||2.30 pm||Seeing 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!)|
|Saturday 7th November||10.15-2.30||Diocesan Autumn Sharing Day Church of St Andrew, Kimbolton Road, Bedford, MK40 2NG|
|Tuesday 10th November||7.30pm||Oberammergau Janet & Colin Bird talk about their visit to this famous passion play. Venue: All Saints' Meeting Room|
|Sunday 15th 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 will be making our Christmas wreaths. Venue & date tbc. Bring greenery, secateurs, garden twine and frames as required.|
|Tuesday 12th January 2021||7.30pm||AGM & Planning Meeting Our annual planning meeting & pot luck supper with finger buffet food. Please come with good ideas for 2021. 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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