The Mothers' Union Portsmouth Diocese

The Presidents Letter

19 Sep 2018 • Family news

Dear friends and fellow members of Mothers’ Union

I started my last letter to you talking about the weather. Well we certainly have had so much heat this summer. My garden was pleased to get the rain at the weekend, but we are promised more sun and heat by the end of the week. The children seem to be enjoying it anyway.

Bev Julien, Mothers’ Union CEO, completed the ‘RideLondon’, cycling 100 miles for our life-changing organisation. Congratulations Bev, a tremendous effort. You can support her by donating to her Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bevjulien There is a lovely photograph of Bev when she had just finished the ride on Mothers’ Union Portsmouth Facebook page.

The new Mothers’ Union website has just been opened and looks as though it will be very useful. Please have a look at www.mothersunion.org.

We had a wonderful Festival Service in June using a Kenyan Eucharist service led by Fr Bob and our chaplain, Trevor preached. There were about 12 banners there looking resplendent but sadly that meant the more that half our branches were not represented.

Anne Bebbington and I returned from Swanwick, Derbyshire last week where we had two days working hard about MULOA. It was to help Mary Sumner House to evaluate how Britain and All Ireland were proceeding with MULOA. I think we are doing fairly well in Portsmouth as there are a few dioceses who haven’t started yet. Thank you to every branch that has booked us for a session this year.If you haven’t yet, please ask us to come next year.MULOA is on-going so we look forward to visiting you all. We need to engage with our church and our community and if no one know who or what the Mothers’ Union is we are unable to do that. All over the world, wherever Mothers Union is, members are ‘doing’ MULOA and becoming very enthusiastic. Are you enthusiastic about Mothers’ Union and the work we do? What is so wonderful about going to conference is how affirming everyone is and full of enthusiasm, it is infectious.

Can we get together and share our enthusiasm and commitment to Mothers’ Union? Please make an effort to come to Council on 10th November at 11.00.It is being held at the Minster in Newport, IOW. If we have enough people attending, we shall arrange for a coach from the esplanade in Ryde to Newport. We shall be drawing the raffle there. Make sure you have your raffle tickets, ‘you have to be in it to win it’. This all goes to help us in our work in Portsmouth especially for AFIA, the Hospitals and Refuges. As MULOA goes along I hope we find other projects that need our support or even in setting up.

AFIA, as I write this, we are sending seven adults and ten children away on holiday and another family who are having an away day to Arundel Castle and a ticket to Portsmouth Dockyard. We are having an away day at Lee-on-the-Solent on 22nd August. We shall be praying for good weather after the downpour we had last year. Even so the weather doesn’t seem to dampen spirits.

Some of us are going to the Mothers’ Union General Meeting at Swansea on 17th and 18th September and are looking forward to meeting friends from across the British Isles.

May God bless you all.With love and prayers

Elizabeth