Bishop of Whitby and Mothers' Union President lead special service to pray for families and communities

The Bishop of Whitby, the Rt Rev Paul Ferguson, and Mothers’ Union Worldwide President, Mrs Lynne Tembey, will lead a special service of prayer for families on 31 May 2017 at 2pm in St Columba’s Church in Hull, to pray for the spiritual and physical restoration of families and communities in the UK and all over the world. Forming part of Thy Kingdom Come, the international wave of prayer led by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, Mothers’ Union members in over 60 countries will unite to pray and add their voice to the global prayers of Christians from around the world.

The service which will include a reflection from the Bishop of Whitby, testimonies from around world, an address from the Worldwide President and prayers read from Mothers’ Union groups from Africa, Asia and South America in their native tongue.   

Worldwide Mothers’ Union, has over four million members, and works to support vulnerable families and communities in over 60 countries, bringing sustainable change to those in need. On the same day, Mothers’ Union has issued a call to its members around the world to commit to a ‘Global Moment’, and groups ranging from the Philippines and Thailand in south east Asia, to Burundi and Gambia in Africa, and Argentina and Peru in South America, will take part. 

Bishop Paul said, “A key part our vision is to support women and families who are the bedrock of our communities here in Hull and across the Diocese, whether it be sheltering a refugee family from Syria or providing a short-term home for foster children. Thy Kingdom Come provides an opportunity to gather together and pray - we can do no better thing than pray for the welfare of all families, because they are the foundation of our communities.” 

While attending the ‘Global Moment Special Service’, Worldwide President, Lynne Tembey will also take the opportunity to visit a number of local Mothers’ Union projects in the region. She said; “Mothers’ Union exists to help families and communities thrive. Projects like the ones at Hull Prison where our volunteers run the soft play and visitor centre, our hospital visiting programme and Away From It All holidays which provide a break for families that couldn’t otherwise afford a holiday, have transformed the lives thousands of people since they were launched by our Mothers’ Union groups here in Hull.”  

The Global Moment Special Service takes place at St Columba’s Church, 139 Laburnum Avenue, Hull, HU8 8PA, at 2pm on 31st May 2017.   Find out more here