Marriage and Family Life
We pray that our God will make us fit for what he’s called us to be, that he’ll fill our good ideas and acts of faith with his own energy so that it all amounts to something.

As our lives honour the name of Jesus, may he honour us, by his grace; our God giving himself freely, the Master, Jesus Christ, giving himself freely. Amen

Based on 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 (The Message)

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Republic of Ireland:
Mothers’ Union in Ireland is recognised as a Charity by the Revenue commissioners, 5161.
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“Dear Lord…..”
Prayer Book

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Stumpy - the President's Blog-Dog

Hello everyone,

I am taking a step back this month as there is just so very much under way in Mothers’ Union and Phyllis is anxious that you should be able to read all about it.(Stumpy)

Dear Friends

All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well. – I love these words of Dame Julian of Norwich. There are times when all seems far from well. We see the pain and suffering that many people are experiencing in our world today and yet we see the kindness and goodness shown by so many. Members of General Synod of the Church of Ireland will have an opportunity to visit the exhibition “Souls of Our Shoes” at the meeting this week. This exhibition is part of our efforts to raise awareness around issues of Domestic Abuse and Gender Based Violence.

Mothers’ Union members around the world are working to support and encourage families through prayerful, practical care but we cannot do it on our own and every three years in Ireland we invite our families and communities to join us for Mums in May. Last month it was in the planning stages, already I have heard stories of Branch Walks and Scavenger Hunts, Tea Parties with guests from overseas who saw the notices on social media, while members up and down the country are donning the runners and preparing for mini marathons, fun runs and many other exciting events. Please do take part in our craft and writing projects – they are fun and you will make such a difference! The Worldwide Project supported by Mums in May this year is a programme in DR Congo which is tackling gender based violence while each diocese in Ireland will identify local projects to be supported from the fund.

Thy Kingdom Come is a global wave of prayer which continues from Ascension Day to Pentecost (10th to 20th May).

On Monday 14th May, Mothers’ Union will be uniting in a Global Moment of worship from Coventry Cathedral at 3pm. The Service will be streamed live from the Mothers’ Union Website . Speaking of Thy Kingdom Come, Archbishop Justin Welby said: “I cannot remember in my life anything that I’ve been involved in where I have sensed so clearly the work of the Spirit”.

I would like to finish as I began, remembering all who suffer and pray the words from the new MU prayer book, ‘Dear Lord’:

O Lord, open our eyes to your presence. Lord, open our minds to your grace; open our lips to your praise; open our hearts to your love; open our lives to your healing and be found among us. Amen

In love and service,

Phyllis (and Stumpy of course!)

Must go now!

With love, Stumpy.

Stumpy Archive
For new readers:
Stumpy is the faithful pet of Phyllis Grothier, All-Ireland President. The result of an unfortunate liaison and the ‘eeniest’ of the litter, she was named to reflect both her runt-like size and her determined personality and so Phyllis decided she was too small to face an uncaring world. Stumpy has the tenacity of a Bulldog, her father’s wanderlust and her mother’s refusal to step back from any situation. In other words…the perfect mascot for a MU President!
Mothers' Union is an international Christian charity that seeks to support families of all faiths and none through practical outreach, prayer and advocating family friendly policies within both government and public life. By supporting marriage and family life, especially through times of adversity, we tackle the most urgent needs challenging relationships and communities.

Our members are not all mothers, or even all women, but are single, married, parents, grandparents or young adults who are just beginning to express their social conscience. For all 4.1 million members in 83 countries what Mothers' Union provides is a network through which they can serve Christ in their own community through prayer, financial support and actively working at grassroots level in programmes that meet local needs. Readmore


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