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Started by founder Mary Sumner in 1876 in her local parish, having grown into an international charity with over 4 million members in 84 countries.
Branch of the Salisbury Diocese
Dilton Marsh Branch Update for August September 2021
Now that we are emerging slowly from lockdown, we have been able to take part in Mother's Union activities once again.
Some of us attended the Mother's Union communion service at Salisbury Cathedral which was led by the Revd. Jane Shaw on the 27th July. It was good to be back in the cathedral again after such a long absence.
Celebrating our founder Mary Sumner's 100 year anniversary since her death, took the form of "on Line" services of Zoom and You Tube, as well as a "Virtual" tour of Mary Sumner's church and grounds of Old Arlesford Place. Several members were able to take part in sharing theses celebrations
Nearer to home, we were invited by our MU friends from All Saints Westbury to join them for a tea party with raffle to raise funds for overseas MU projects. We are always cordially welcomed there with tea and cakes.
At the Eco Day at Holy Trinity Church we had a stall to raise our contributions to the work of MU both here and abroad and were blessed with a lovely sunny morning and lots of visitors even if it did rain when packing up time came around.
Bishop Nicholas' Retirement.
Tribute by our Diocesan President Rosie Stiven.
" You are an amazing organisation. I am proud of the Mother's Union in this diocese"
Bishop Nicholas said these words during our Festival service on the 1st June 2019.
His words bring a lump to my throat. Bishop Nicholas together with his wife Helen, have been great supporters of the MU and all that it does. We have heard and been inspired by the sermons Bishop Nicholas has preached at our Festival services. We all have our own memories of Bishop Nicholas and Helen , his wife. Those involved in the Salisbury Law Court Cafe have seen the mountains of chocolate cakes which Helen has baked and provided to be sold. So many of us have enjoyed afternoon tea in the South Canonry garden during the fund raising fetes for the Sudan and South Sudan.
Throughout my time as your Diocesan President, Bishop Nicholas has supported, encouraged and guided me in my ministry. In him we have an inspiring leader and a compassionate shepherd. On behalf of the Mother's Union in the diocese of Salisbury, "Thank you Bishop Nicholas for your guidance and support and may you both enjoy a long, joyful and peaceful retirement" Rosie Stiven.
In this years MU prayer diary , our World Wide President Sheran Harper says, " I pray we will continue to grow and build on all that has been achieved, May we remain faithful to our aims while looking to the future with great faith and hope. "
We will keep you posted as to how our meetings will resume when firm decisions are able to be made. Enid Holbrow.