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First Mothers’ Union meeting of 2020 held at St Nicolas
A special first Mothers’ Union meeting of 2020 at St Nicolas
At St Nicolas our first Mothers’ Union meeting of 2020 on Tuesday 14th January was special. Our speaker was the Diocesan President Maureen Weston. She started by describing how God’s call on her to become Diocesan President was made clear. Then she described her first busy year in office. Maureen spoke of the importance of friendship, sharing our faith and praising God. At the end of the talk she described the work MU does in prisons such as Bullingdon in Bicester which she visited recently. We took the opportunity to learn more about the MU prison work. Maureen told us of ways the prisoners are helped spiritually. For example, there is an active Chaplain and Church workers who work with and pray for the prisoners. Bibles and Bible notes are given out. There is an Alpha course available for prisoners to attend. A Carol Service is held at Christmas and a Choir to join is encouraged.
All together MU Members in UK & Ireland are working with prisoners and their families in 85 prisons. Activities and projects undertaken in these prisons include:
- Running prison creches
- Supplying prisoners with books, gifts and cards to give to their children at Christmas
- Running craft and art sessions for prisoners
- Sending cards to prisoners at Christmas and Easter
- Providing "Coffee & Chat" time for prisoners who don't have visitors
- Supporting the Prison Chaplain's work.
Throughout all the different types of support offered, members seek to help families sustain and develop their relationships whilst separated by imprisonment.
Ingrid Pooler suggested that St Nicolas MU would like to help the work in Bullingdon Prison by providing Christmas cards. Perhaps we could make these cards at the craft meeting in September. Mothering Sunday cards for the younger prisoners to send are also required. At the end of the talk there was an opportunity to ask questions.
Written by Ingrid Pooler
Earley St Nicolas Branch Leader