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Summer of Hope

Introduction from Sheran Harper

Sheran with Candles


This summer we give thanks to God for the gift of life and for our loving and compassionate families and friends.

We owe our unique role for women within the Church to our founder Mary Sumner. This year we celebrate 145 years of Mothers’ Union and pay tribute to Mary Sumner on the 100th anniversary of her death for all she achieved in life, empowering women and mothers worldwide, and establishing the home as a place of religious education and growth.

In June or July, please join us in gathering your loved ones around you and host a safe and socially distanced Cream Tea, to help raise funds for women around the world.

If you’d like to support in another way, why not take part in our 5km MU on the Move Challenge? You can walk or run a distance of 5km on a June or July day of your choice, and invite friends and family to sponsor you. Feel free to spread the distance over a number of days if you prefer and enjoy the sights and sounds of summer that way.

However we all choose to connect and take part, we welcome God into our hearts and give thanks for his loving kindness.

Let us wish one another a bright Summer of Hope.



Cream Tea for Sharing

By coming together this summer, we can share stories of what we have learnt during lockdown, how it has empowered us, and ways in which we have witnessed God’s grace this past year.

Hold your Cream Tea event in your garden or online.


Ideas for your Socially distanced doorstep Cream Tea

You can create a small box or tray of afternoon tea treats such as:


  • an assortment of finger sandwiches
  • a scone or two (jam or cream first?)
  • a slice of homemade cake
  • blueberry muffins (see our easy-to-make recipe on the right of this page)

You can take your savoury and sweet bites to a friend or family member’s house, or invite a safe number to your own home or garden, and enjoy them together at a safe distance.


How about an online Cream Tea?

Create your afternoon boxes and deliver to friends or family. 

You can enjoy your afternoon tea together via Zoom or Whatsapp video call!

Summer of Hope Prayer

SoH Prayer
Blueberry Muffins

Cream Tea Recipe: Blueberry Muffins

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes 
Serves: 12

100g butter 
140g golden caster sugar
2 large eggs
140g natural yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp milk
250g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
125g fresh or frozen blueberries
¼ tsp salt


1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Line a 12-muffin tin with paper cases. 
2. Whisk the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy, then add the eggs and whisk for 1 minute. 
3. Mix in the yogurt, vanilla extract and milk. 
4. Separately, combine the remaining dry ingredients, then add the dry mix to the wet ingredients and stir in. Gently fold in the blueberries and distribute the mixture equally into the muffin cases.
5. Bake for 5 mins, then reduce oven to 180C, gas mark 4 and bake for 15-18 mins more until risen, golden, and a cocktail stick inserted into the muffins comes out clean.
6. Let them cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then carefully lift out to finish cooling on a wire rack, decorate and serve. 


MU On The Move

With the sights, scents and sounds of summer just around the corner, why not make the most of the sunshine and raise money at the same time, by joining MU on the Move. It’s been a difficult year for so many, our Summer of Hope 5km challenge aims to lift spirits by helping everyone share that hope, safely, in nature and good company. 

Walk 5km, with a friend – or alone if you prefer, one day in June or July and ask for sponsorship. Or you can spread the distance across a few days, all the time raising funds for women’s empowerment.

Download the MU On The Move resource pack or visit the online hub page.