The Mothers’ Union is an international Christian membership charity, which aims to demonstrate the Christian faith in action through the transformation of communities worldwide.
Don’t be put off by the name – any baptised person can join the MU: female, male, married, single, divorced, parents or childless!
What unites us is a shared belief in the value of families and the wish to encourage family life and values.
St Faith’s Mothers’ Union usually meets on the first Thursday of the month, 2.15-4.30pm, in the Lowry Room in St Faith’s Parish Centre. All are welcome!
For more information, please contact Liz Emery on 023 9255 6618.
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St Faith’s MU- who we are and what we do….
You may be surprised to hear that the Branch at St Faith’s is the longest-running organisation in Lee-on-the-Solent and was established in 1903. We are now part of the Fareham and Gosport Deanery within the Diocese of Portsmouth. Throughout the world there are over 4 million members from 83 countries.
Our Branch meets on the first Thursday every month (except August) at 2.15 pm and usually in the Lowry Room – see our programme for full details. We welcome newcomers and visitors to our meetings and we hope they may later join us as members.
At our meetings there is always a short service led by a member of the committee. We have speakers on all types of subjects, some from our own Church, others from around the area. Over the years we have heard about other religions and beliefs, the work of local organisations and other general subjects. We hold discussions on current issues within the Christian Church and matters of interest to people in general. At times we have a quiz or a musical afternoon. During Lent we hold a Lent Lunch followed by a meditative afternoon. Whatever the style of meeting we aim to enjoy each other’s company and have a sociable time together.
MU members elsewhere…
Our MU members are involved in all areas of church life and activities – we can do lots more than make tea and cake! There are people on the PCC and other committees, many read and lead intercessions at services. You will find our names on many rotas: welcomers, flower-arranging, pastoral care and the cuppa and company group. Some members serve refreshments at the church Rainbow Toddlers group this also gives a chance to meet the Mums, babies and toddlers who attend.
We have a corporate communion on Thursday morning once a month, when our members prepare the Intercessions and do all the readings. Over the years we have donated a lectern, flower stand and candlestick for the Lady Chapel and made altar cloths for all three altars.
Every summer we have a delicious Strawberry Tea and in December there is a home-cooked Christmas Lunch. Guests are invited from other MU branches and also other local Churches. Of course we prepare tea and refreshments following a Mothers’ Union Deanery Service when it is held at St. Faith’s.
We support local organisations by using our skills as well as raising money. Our needle-workers have made toiletry bags for Queen Alexandra Hospital emergency patients – then filled them with essential supplies. Also for the hospital we have made medical dolls for traumatised children and clothing for premature babies. We support the local women’s refuge by donating unwanted bedding and towels.
But our own Church activities and meetings do not tell the whole story. We have people serving on MU Deanery and Diocesan committees, helping to organise the wider work of the MU: for example, raising funds for the Diocesan ‘Away from it all’ holidays for needy families. One member is a Trustee and looks after Diocesan Members and another represents the MU at wedding fairs, giving information and advice about Church weddings. And another of our members is a baker for the same project and makes a celebration cake which is the prize for the free competition at the wedding fair!
Across the world…
We are united in our Christian belief. The worldwide Mothers’ Union takes part in the Women’s World Day of Prayer each spring and at St Faith’s we always have a good attendance for our own contribution to prayers throughout the world. Each month there is Corporate Communion at Portsmouth Cathedral with each Deanery taking their turn to read and lead intercessions.
St Faith’s Mothers’ Union has links with two separate Australian MU branches and we share news and information about activities. Our correspondent organises a folder with all the emails, cards, letters and magazines so that all our members can enjoy reading about the very different life-style and the activities of our Australian friends.
Monthly communion service at St Faith’s
Once a month St Faith’s MU meets for a service of Holy Communion, usually on the third Thursday at 11.30am. Please see St Faith’s Weekly Notes for more information about events happening in the church community.
FUNDRAISING FOR AFIA (‘Away From It All’ Holidays) – sponsored walk 2015
(AFIA is one of Mothers’ Union’s major local projects which provides holidays/days out for families under stress and in need of a break)
9 April 2015 was the chosen day for a sponsored walk in the Fareham & Gosport Deanery. Mary Shepherd a branch member from St Faith’s, Lee on the Solent was asked to plan a route taking in Stubbington and ending in Fareham. We were blessed with a wonderfully warm and sunny day and the walk kept us off the main roads as much as possible, which made it very pleasant.
To link with the MU theme this year ‘United in Prayer’ we began with prayers and a reading and 8 people (six MU members from St Faith’s plus one husband and one friend) started the walk from St Faith’s at 10.15am, we arrived at Holy Rood, Stubbington to be welcomed by Anne Bebbington (Branch Leader at the Crofton Branch, Stubbington) and after prayers we enjoyed a cuppa and biscuits.
At 11.40 we continued on to Holy Trinity Fareham where we finished the walk with ‘midday prayers’ at 1.15pm. Judy Jacobs (Branch Leader at Holy Trinity Fareham) and Sylvia Coghlan had made tea and provided cakes which were really welcome.
The return journey was made using our bus passes! We arrived back in Lee quite tired but happy! Thanks to Mary and Mike Shepherd for the planning and to the ladies who provided refreshments along the way. The final result of sponsorship was £752 which was a wonderful result and the fact that we had sunshine all the way made it a really enjoyable day.