MOTHERS’ UNION HORSHAM BRANCH PROGRAMME for 2020

Corporate Communion:

3rd Wednesday of the month (except August) in church, 10am, followed by refreshments in the Leslie Room

Working Party:

1st Tuesday of the month (except August) in the Manor room, St Mary’s Church Centre, 2-4pm contact Christine Bright

The Fellowship Sundays at St Leonard’s church have been discontinued.

Tuesday morning meetings and other events:

Meetings are in the Church Centre (Barn), 10am for 10.30am, unless otherwise indicated.

28 Jan – AGM

25 Feb – Communion Shriving Service in the Church Centre at 10.30am, followed by refreshments

26-28 Feb – Wave of Prayer    to be arranged

22 Mar – Mothering Sunday 9.30am service in the church (posies made up the day before in the Barn– please bring greenery)

24 Mar – Margaret Symonds talking about Celtic Prayer

28 Apr – Adrian from Atlas Mobility with aids to demonstrate

23 May – Spring Members’ Meeting & AGM, 10am, Methodist Church, Haywards Heath

26 May – Tony Sharp talking about “Who let the Dads out?”

23 June – Richard Symonds talking about, Warnham Nature Reserve

28 July – Compline in St Peter’s Chapel 8 pm

9 August – Mary Sumner Day, evensong at Westminster Abbey

25 August – MU branch Garden party, venue tbd, 2-4pm

Committee 2020

Sue Lismer Horsham Branch Leader

Win Fruin Secretary contact win.fruin@gmail.com

Christine Jackson Treasurer

Christine Bright Diocesan Trustee and AFIA contact christine.v.bright@gmail.com

Patricia Clare

Karen Ind

Fiona Prentice

Horsham branch is part of Crawley district, which is part of the diocese of Chichester,

Our Main Projects in the diocese of Chichester are:

Away From It All – holidays for families who wouldn’t normally be able to have one

Supporting Children Affected Bupy Imprisonment – Mothers’ Union members go
into H.M.P. Lewes and H.M.P. Ford to work with the visiting children, providing toys, games and simple craft activities.  Our aim is to build up the relationship between the children and their fathers and to make the visit as enjoyable as possible.  Since 2018, we have worked alongside paid employees of the Spurgeon’s Children’s Charity, who are contracted by the Home Office to support families in many of the prisons in the South of England.  Our two teams would love to have new people come and share this enormously rewarding and worthwhile ministry.

Parenting courses– helping parents do the most important job in the world. The MU support our regular courses in this parish for parents of under 5’s, school age or teenagers.

Contact Centres – enabling children of separated families to spend time with their non-resident parent

Smaller Projects include:

Giving Christmas gift bags to detainees at Gatwick Detention Centres

Supplying toiletry bags for emergency admissions at local hospitals

Maintaining links with our five link Dioceses overseas

2020 Theme: Building Hope and Confidence

During our global listening process in 2019 MULOA (Mothers’ Union Listens, Observes and Acts) the voices of over 200,000 members worldwide were heard. This has enabled the Worldwide Council to draw together key emerging elements, and thus shape the way forward for us as a movement.
“Building hope and confidence” has been placed at the heart of our call to support individuals and families to transform their lives. As we build our hope and confidence in God we will be inspired and equipped to build hope and confidence in others, in both local and global context.
Themed resources for 2020 to help us live out our faith to build hope and confidence in ourselves as well as those we support, and to nurture our faith as we continue to walk forward.

Prayer Diary in Families Worldwide

There is a Prayer Diary written to assist every Mothers’ Union member to join together each day to support each other every day around the world.  It provides a theme for each week, a prayer for each day and details of the Wave of Prayer.  It is available free to every Mothers’ Union member as part of Families Worldwide, which is distributed throughout the Diocese three times a year.  It is also available to download in digital format from www.familiesfirstmagazine.com

Faith and Policy Watch

A monthly e-mail resource which keeps members informed about the Social Policy work of Mothers’ Union.  It contains legislative updates, Government policy proposals and articles and ideas on how Mothers’ Union members can get involved and make a difference.  Contact the diocese to register musec.diochi@yahoo.co.uk

Shopping with the Mothers’ Union online shop  https://mueshop.org/shop

100% of the profit goes towards the charity’s work with families across the world. Every penny raised can help make a difference and bring lasting change. There are clothes, household items and Christian books as well as a range of ‘ethical’ gifts where you support a particular programme in education, healthcare or entrepreneurial support. Each gift has the power to make a difference.

Subscriptions for 2020

  • Branch Members £27
  • Joint Branch Members £48 – two members of the same family i.e. husband and wife, or brothers and sisters
  • Indoor Branch Members £21 -members who are unable to attend branch meetings either through disability or other reasons

Find out more about the work of Mothers’ Union at: www.mothersunion.org