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Ely Cathedral

MOTHERS' UNION
CHRISTIAN CARE FOR FAMILIES

The MOTHERS' UNION (MU) IS THE LARGEST CHRISTIAN CHARITY
'Its purpose is to be specially concerned with all that strengthens and preserves marriage and Christian family life. As an Anglican-led worldwide organisation, they have more than 3.6 million members in 76 countries.' www.mothersunion.org


ELY DIOCESE MOTHERS' UNION

In the Diocese of Ely we actively seek to provide support and care for families, both in local communities and through our links around the world. Through our work people can experience the love of Christ, and discover or develop a personal relationship with God.

Caring for families in this diocese involves us in, for instance:

  • Running Parenting groups,
  • Providing holidays for stressed families
  • Cambridge and Ely Child Contact Centres
  • Visitors' Centres at Littlehey Prison
  • Cambridge Women's Aid and Huntingdon Refuge, Provide Parent and Child marquees at local county shows
  • Knitting and sewing projects for hospital baby units
  • Continuing to promote the 'Bye Buy Childhood' Campaign

Through prayer and fellowship we in the diocese support members in five linked dioceses - Lusaka in Zambia, Shyogwe in Rwannda, Sokoto and Ikka in Nigeria and Karimnagar in India. As well as continuing the link with Kigali Diocese (Rwanda) through the main Ely diocesan link www.elydiocese.org/about/mothers-union


MOTHERS' UNION ELY CATHEDRAL BRANCH

Reg. Charity No 251394

Branch Leader Eunice Reddish 01353 661502
Branch Secretary Jean Webb 01353 658581
Branch Treasurer Kay Hawkins 01353 699558

We have over 70 members who meet regularly on the first Wednesday evning of the month at 7.30pm in the Cathedral Centre. Besides supporting some of the above Diocesan Caring activities we actively support families through the Cathedral by:

  • Attending baptisms throughout the year and giving a book and a teddy as a welcome gift to the new baby
  • Providing refreshment at confirmations for candidates and families throughout the year
  • Running an Edward Bear parent and toddler worship group on Friday mornings at 10.15am throughout the school term in Powcher's Hall.

Recent donations include:
The MU Wheel Appeal
The MU Harvest Appeal
The MU Special Appeal for Iraq
We have made Fiddle mats for people with dementia

March 2019 - February 2020 Programme

All Branch meetings take place in THE CATHEDRAL CENTRE (unless stated otherwise) at 7.30pm. £1 for members, £2 for guests.

Tuesday 5 March
Branch Meeting
The Revd John Sansom, Priest Vicar, will be our speaker. His talk is entitled 'In the footsteps of St Paul, with friends'.
Please note change of day.

Wednesday 3 April
Branch Meeting
Sally Trepte, who is married to Paul, will be our speaker. She has entitled her talk 'Behind every successful man...'

Wednesday 1 May
Branch Meeting
Tonight we welcome Canon Jessica Martin who will tell us about her trip to Ehtiopia to a school for girls.

Saturday 8 June
Coffee Morning at the Cathedral Centre 10am-Midday
As a change from our annual garden party we are holding a Coffee Morning with Coffee/tea and cake, stalls and a raffle. More details available by 1 May.

Wednesday 3 July
Monastic Tour
This evening Alan Williams, Cathedral Guide will be taking us on a Monastic Tour around the outside of the Cathedral, including Prior Crauden's Chapel. This is a wonderful opportunity to see parts of the Cathedral precinct that we don't normally get to visit. We will meet outside the West Door for 7.30pm. If wet we will meet in the Cathedral Centre for an indoor tour of the Cathedral.

Wednesday 4 September
Branch Meeting
Sue Freestone, who will be retiring from her post as Principal of King's Ely will be coming to talk to us.

Wednesday 2 October
Branch Meeting
Susan Baker, past MU Diocesan President will talk to us about Wisbech Family Project.

Wednesday 6 November
Branch Meeting
Angie Stewart will tell us about the work of the Cambridge Women's Refuge.

Wednesday 4 December
Branch Christmas Social 7pm
Bring and Share Finger Supper. Entertainment and Raffle. Money donations for the Women's Refugees will be welcome on the evening. More details available by November meeting.

Wednesday 1 or 8 January
Branch Meeting
The Revd Michael Banyard will be our speaker. Michael is the Diocesan Chaplain.

Wednesday 7 February
Branch Meeting
This is an important opportunity to celebrate what we do as members of the Cathedral MU and as members within the Ely Diocese. The evening will conclude with a Eucharist and address given by Canon Victoria Johnson.

Mothers' Union Prayer takes place in St Dunstan's Chapel from 10.30am - 11.30am on the third Thursday of the month.

The Mothers' Union Prayer

Loving Lord,
We thank you for your love so freely given to us all.
We pray for families around the world.
Bless the work of the Mothers' Union as we seek to share your love through the encouragement,
strengthening and support of marriage and family life.
Empowered by your Spirit, may we be united in prayer and worship,
and in love and service reach out as your hands across the world.
In Jesus' name. Amen