The Jannali branch of Mother’s Union (MU) celebrates 60 years this month.
On the 19th of June, 1957, 11 ladies, met in the hall at St Anne’s, Como to start a Mother’s Union branch in our area. Two of those ladies still attend our church, and one (Merle Follett) has been an active MU member for the full 60 years. The current group includes women of varying age and length of service. Their monthly meetings are less formal than they were at the start, but still have an order and a prayerful focus.
MU is a mission agency of the Anglican Church, with links to 83 countries and over four million members worldwide. The members share one heartfelt vision – to bring about a world where God’s love is shown through prayer and loving, respectful and flourishing relationships.
The movement began in 1876, when Mary Sumner, a clergy wife in England, dreamed of a union of mothers coming together regularly for encouragement, support and education. In Australia, MU began in Tasmania in 1892 and had branches in all states by 1904.
The focus on families continues today, with MU supporting families in may different ways according to local needs. In Africa it might be a start in some new endeavour to allow a person to feed their family or give an orphan child a chance to get a basic education. In Sydney it may be a smile and a cuppa for people attending a court house, a visit from a chaplain in hospital, a welcome for a new baby, the chance of a play time group in a new or disadvantaged area, the running of family-related seminars, offering parenting programs in the community, or just being a Christian presence in the centre of the Sydney CBD.
All this underpinned by prayer. When God is there, much can be achieved.
You are invited to the MU Jannali Branch 60th Anniversary Celebration, 11am Wednesday 14 June, 2017. A service of Holy Communion, followed by Wendy Mayer (President of the Sydney Diocesan MU) speaking on “hope” and a celebration lunch. (For lunch catering, please RSVP to Diana Reid 9521 2417).