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
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 / email@example.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
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,
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,
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
(For more, see Overseas Links pages Click here)
|Quiet Day 2017|
|Thy Kingdom Come|
|Pray for Women & Peace|
|UK Child Poverty|
|Wave of Prayer|
|Action & Outreach|
|Friends for Parents|
|Ten Km Run|
|Virtual Babies Project|
|Prayer Links Listing|
|Pacong South Sudan|
|Kutigi - Nigeria|
|Southern Nyanza - Kenya|
|Ijesha North - Nigeria|
|List of Deaneries & Branches|
|Bristol West Festival|
|St. Bartholomew's Corsham|
|N. Wilts Deanery / Branch|
|Christ Church Downend|
|Christ Church Swindon|