Updated 06 September 2017

   Linked with Pacong - South Sudan, Kutigi - Nigeria, Southern Nyanza - Kenya, Ijesha North - Nigeria, Karnataka Central - South India

President’s Autumn Letter 2017



Dear Members

I do hope you have had an opportunity to have time away for refreshment and

recuperation during the summer. Jesus knew the need for taking time out

(Matthew 15: 21) and we too should make sure we turn away from the daily

tasks, get away with family or friends and enjoy time ‘just being’ instead of

always being busy ‘doing’.

I’m delighted to report that the coach trips to Weston-super-Mare were most

successful, though the weather was a little changeable! Coaches went from

Swindon, Kingsmeadow Flat, The Rise and SUST. We’ve also pledged to

support Mary Sumner House in their offer of holidays to the victims of the

Grenfell Tower Fire under the AFIA scheme.

This is just a short letter to update you before we enter the busy autumn

season and to remind you of various dates coming up, the first of which is the

Wave of Prayer from 7th-9th September. It has been difficult to engage in

prayer when we know so little about our link dioceses, but what information

we have I attach at the end of this letter.

Our Annual Council Meeting takes place on Saturday, 28th October 2017 and

will be held in the Community Centre, Marshfield from 11.00am – 2.00pm.

These meetings are such good opportunities for meeting up with other

members, encouraging each other and finding out what is going on in the MU

in our Diocese and elsewhere. Please do come. Book the date in your diary –

the agenda will go out to branches nearer the time.

On 3rd October one of our key projects, Friends for Parents at Bristol

Children’s Hospital celebrates its 30th birthday. Currently most of the

volunteers are not MU members but perhaps as you read this you might feel

this is something you would like to do. In fact all our projects would love to

see new volunteers so if you could help with any of the following, please do

contact me and I’ll put you in touch with the project leader: Friends for

Parents, Cathedral Welcomers, Ashfield Prison Visitor Centre, and SUST Lunch

Club in Swindon.


Tel. 01225 891453 / aurea.hart@gmail.com


A number of us from Bristol will be attending the Mothers’ Union Annual

Meeting and Service in Edinburgh at the end of September. There will be a

report on this at the Council Meeting. There are still places available if you

wish to attend – details on the National MU Website

www.themothersunion.org/general-meeting-2017.

Finally a date for next year – our Worldwide President, Lynne Tembey, will be

visiting Bristol Diocese to celebrate Lady Day and spend a couple of days

meeting members. There will be a special service in Bristol Cathedral on

Sunday 8th April at 3.30 pm to which all members are invited.


With my love and prayers,

Aurea Hart

Diocesan President


Our Link Dioceses:


Pacong, South Sudan: Bishop Joseph Maker Atot, Diocesan President Deborah

Pray for clergy who have no constant source of income and little training

Diocesan projects in agriculture and education

Peace between North and South Sudan

Kutigi, Nigeria: Bishop Jeremiah Kolo and his wife Mary, Diocesan President

Pray for success of Women’s Conference, early September

Pray for 15 yr old convert from Islam, that God will sustain her and

provide for her training.

Diocesan Women’s ‘Lock-up-Shop’ project.

Pray for church workers who have not received a stipend since June due

to the recession.

Ijesha North, Nigeria: Bishop Isaac Oluyamo and his wife Margaret,

Diocesan President.

Pray for peace in Nigeria

Karnataka Central, India: Bishop Prasana Kumar Samuel

Pray for the church’s ministry in education

Also for their hostels and homes for orphans or disadvantaged children


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