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2018 Theme: In Mary Sumner's Footsteps

2018 is a significant year for Mothers’ Union, with our triennial elections and the beginning of global conversations throughout the Provinces to inform our way ahead. As we look to the future we want to build on our heritage, and in particular, the life and vision of our founder, Mary Sumner.

Mary Sumner was a woman of deep faith, with a heart for prayer and a determination to make a difference in the lives of others. She listened to God and acted upon his call. Contrary to what is often assumed, she was an older woman, a Grandmother, when she took the first steps which eventually led to the establishment of Mothers’ Union. She was not a natural speaker, but quiet and diffident. However, her faith and resolve to follow God’s call to make a difference to families and society, laid the foundations for today’s worldwide movement.

And so our theme resources for 2018 focus on the example of our founder, and on the core principles of Mothers’ Union; listening to God and each other, having determination to take steps of faith as we journey together in response to His call.

Bible Reflections on Journeying

These Bible reflections may be used singly or together to form the activity for a branch meeting.

Bible Reflections on Taking Steps of Faith

A resource for a Quiet Day, a shorter prayer activity or as separate reflections to link with considerations as to the way ahead for Mothers’ Union in your own area as well as specific local, national or global projects and initiatives

Bible verses and Mary Sumner quotes

Some bible texts and quotations from our founder which you may find useful during the year.

Listening Resource with notes

A resource to help members listen to God as they consider the 2018 elections.

Footprints Display

A creative activity to think about what Mothers' Union means - and results in a promotional display for your church or community

Mary's Game

A slightly different version of the well known 'Kim's Game' to help your branch think about the life and legacy of Mary Sumner

Prayers and Reflections

Resources to supplement your branch or group worship relating to this year's theme 

A Service for Mary Sumner Day 2018

A special service linking with the annual theme to celebrate Mary Sumner Day

The Story of Mary Sumner

A short resumé of the life of Mary Sumner and the founding of Mothers’ Union