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   To promote and support married life. : To encourage parents in their role to develop the faith of their children. To maintain a worldwide felloship of Christians united in prayer. : worship and service. : To promote conditions in stable family life and protection of children. : To help those family life has met with adversity.  

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Prescot Church Mother's Union
first meeting was on 10th July 1929.
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Mothers' Union Meetings 2nd & 4th Wednesday
of the Month in the
Parish Church Meeting Room 7.30 pm.
Prescot.

Mother's Union flyer front page      -      Mother's Union flyer back page

The Mothers' Union Prayer
 
Loving Lord
We thank you for your love so freely given to us all.
We pray for families around the world.
Bless the work of the Mothers' Union
as we seek to share your love
through the encouragement, strengthening
and support of marriage and family life.
Empowered by your Spirit,
may we be united in prayer and worship,
and in love and service reach out as your hands across the world.
In Jesus' name.
Amen

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From Prescot Church Magazine (Sep 2018)

Well it’s that time of year again when children are starting school for the first time and students are preparing for university after what has been our best summer since 1976.
Our M.U. resumes on 12 September with a service of Holy Communion followed by supper in the meeting room and a Bring & Buy sale.
On 26 September we welcome back Ken Pye a well-known writer and speaker, his topic this time will be Curious and Amazing Tales of Knowsley. We have made this meeting an ‘open evening’ because of Ken’s popularity and following, so come along and bring your friends.
As autumn approaches, as in previous issues, we include a beautiful prayer taken from the new publication of prayers and poems from M.U. members across the World.
AUTUMN

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the beauty of the Autumn season – the reds, yellows and oranges of the leaves that reflect our joy in your creation, the deep blue of the September sky that reflects the depth of your love for us, and the crisp cool mornings that speak of change in our lives. We thank you for your ever-present step beside us in these transitional times.

Grant us courage and peace as we move into a new season in our lives, in our faith, and in our love for you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

Christ Church Cathedral Mothers’ Union Diocese of Fredericton, Province of Canada
Val Jones, Deputy Branch Leader

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From Prescot Church Magazine (May. 2018

MOTHERS’ UNION

On 11 April we were entertained by Norman Lea who is married to one of our members Stephanie. Norman writes all his own poetry. The last time he visited us he spoke about ‘Childhood Days’ but this time the subject was to be ‘Old Age’. It was a very light-hearted approach and made us all laugh. After the seriousness of Lent and Holy Week it was just what we needed!
On a sadder note our condolences go to Derek Ratcliffe and his children Ian and Jane on the loss of a loving wife and mother Ruth. Ruth was enrolled into the Mothers’ Union 47 years ago alongside her friends Betty Brown, Dorothy Webster and Dorothy Dickenson. Ruth held the post of treasurer when Mary Mills was the enrolling member and also when Dorothy Webster became Branch Leader. We uphold Ruth and her family in our prayers.

Val Jones, Deputy Branch Leader

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From Prescot Church Magazine (Apr. 2018

MOTHERS’ UNION

‘Alleluia! Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia!’
What wonderful words and such good news.
We wish all our members and readers A Very Happy and Blessed Easter.
We remember with love and affection our member Barbara who recently died, our prayers go out to Ray and his family.
Our next meeting is on 11 April when we will once again be entertained by Norman Lea with his poetry and stories of yesteryear.

Val Jones, Deputy Branch Leader

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From Prescot Church Magazine (Mar. 2018

MOTHERS’ UNION

14 March We look forward to welcoming our Vicar John to tell us about being A Queens Chaplain.

28 March Our meeting is in church as it is Holy Week.

PROGRAMME FOR 2018

THEME – ‘IN MARY SUMNER’S FOOTSTEPS’

MARCH
14 Lent – Revd John Taylor – Queens Chaplain
28 Lent – Holy Week – service in church
APRIL
11 Norman Lea – Past & Present Humorous Verse
25 Ruth Pryce – Marie Curie Chaplain
MAY
9 John Hatfield – The Rainhill Trials 1829
23 Rev Andrew Stott – My Sabbatical in Rwanda
JUNE
13 Betty Brown – A tour of the church
27 Beetle Drive – Bring & Buy and Supper
JULY – SUMMER BREAK
AUGUST – SUMMER BREAK

The Prayers we Breath 2003
taken from a Mothers’ Union publication

In the cold dank January wood, a snowdrop lightens our winter darkness with its soft gleam.
Tightly closed at first, its pale bud suddenly bursts into wonderful green, lace-edged delicacy, fluttering bravely above the frost and snow.
Lord, may we be like your snowdrop this Lententide, at first tightly closed in upon ourselves as we are once more drawn into the story of Christ’s life and passion, yet ready to burst out in joy and thanksgiving at the glory of Easter Sunday.
May our faith shine out bravely, lightening the darkness of the world’s winter so that it blossoms into the spring of new life in Christ.

Val Jones, Deputy Branch Leader

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From Prescot Church Magazine (Feb. 2018)

MOTHERS’ UNION

Firstly a huge ‘Thank You’ to Jeff our Chaplain Emeritus for a wonderful start to our journey this year in the footsteps of Mary Sumner our founder.
As I write this we are looking forward to Dr Ann Capewell coming to speak to our Mothers’ Union about refugees in Knowsley of which there are many, but we know so little about their plight. How would Mary Sumner have dealt with this issue of homelessness?
February 14th is Ash Wednesday so our meeting is in church for the 7.30pm service.
The following is Mary Sumner’s personal prayer which was written in 1876 but the words are as relevant today as they were 142 years ago:

All this day, O Lord, let me touch as many lives as possible for thee;
and every life I touch, do thou by thy spirit quicken,
whether through the word I speak, the prayer I breathe,
or the life I live. Amen

Val Jones, Deputy Branch Leader

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From Prescot Church Magazine (Jan. 2018)

MOTHERS’ UNION

‘IN MARY SUMNER’S FOOTSTEPS’

Five things your Mum would never say:
"How on earth can you see the TV sitting so far back?"
"Just leave all the lights on ... it makes the house look more cheery"
"Let me smell that shirt -- Yes, it's good for another week"
"Of course you can have a dog for Christmas, and I'll be glad to
feed and walk him every day"
"Well, if Joseph's Mum says it's OK, that's good enough for me!"
Family life has never been easy. In 1874 Mary Sumner, wife of a Rector, realised the difficulties of many of the young mothers and set about transforming the home-lives of families in her Parish. Now a Grandmother, she remembered her own difficulties when she was first a mother. Mary wanted to bring mothers of all social classes together to support one another and to be trained in the vocation of motherhood. From such small, practical and prayerful beginnings grew the worldwide Mothers’ Union with four million members.
The Mothers’ Union theme for 2018 is ‘In Mary Sumner’s footsteps’ and the resources will focus on the example of our founder, and on the core principles of Mothers’ Union which are:- listening to God and each other and having determination to take steps of faith as we journey together in response to His call.
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. As the movement continued to grow, Mary asked herself what its purpose really was, and what it should strive for. She reflected: “A true home should be a light-house, shedding its quiet beams far and wide” – her dream was for every home to be filled with the light and love of Jesus, and for the movement to unite many hearts in many lands, nurturing healthy environments for little children.
She was a living example of what she preached, she listened to God and acted upon his call. This year is particularly significant for the Worldwide Mothers’ Union since we shall be holding our triennial elections and beginning global conversations throughout the Provinces to plan our future. We shall also be organising our own leadership elections in Branches, which are the heart of the Mothers’ Union. As we look to the future we want to build on our heritage and, in particular, the life and vision of our Founder.
As Diocesan Chaplain I have always been proud to talk about my own home Branch! Are you an active member of our Branch here at Prescot? If you are not already a member and believe in upholding Christ’s teaching on marriage and in encouraging parents to bring up their children in the faith and life of the church, do join us in this local branch of this worldwide fellowship of Christians. You will be made most welcome at our Wednesday Meetings in the Meeting Room. It is an interesting and personal way of doing something about encouraging Family Life in a very needy world. Details can be found in the Parish Magazine as well as in the weekly Notices. Meetings begin at 7.30pm and the next meeting is on Wednesday, 24 January, when Ann Capewell will talk on Asylum Seekers in Knowsley.
Jeff Engel
Prescot Member and Diocesan Chaplain Emeritus
Stop press! We are delighted to announce that Canon Cynthia Dowdle has agreed to be our new Diocesan Chaplain. She will be supported by her husband, Ultan.

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From Prescot Church Magazine (Dec. 2017)

MOTHERS’ UNION

Prescot members are looking forward to a Christmas Lunch on 13 December at Kozies Restaurant in Rainhill. At this Christmas season we wish all readers A Happy Christmas remembering especially all lonely people and all the bereaved.

Merciful God, you gave us your Son on a wonderful holy night.
He was in a manger, waiting for the world to acknowledge his presence, but they did not.
May the star of Bethlehem make us pure and loving to those around us and those we find hard to love.
Lord hear our prayer. Amen.
Prayer taken from ‘The Prayers We Breathe’ – a Mothers’ Union publication
Val Jones, Deputy Branch Leader

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From Prescot Church Magazine (Oct. 2017)

MOTHERS’ UNION

Mothers’ Union at St Mary, Prescot restarted on 13 September following our summer break. Over 30 members met together for a Holy Communion Service led by Vicar John, and the preacher was Rev Jeff, Chaplain Emeritus. Following the service we had supper in the meeting room, the scones were provided by Barbara Hotchkiss and were delicious.
Looking ahead, our first meeting in October, which is the 11th, will be held in church due the hall being closed for re-decoration. At this meeting we are to have a talk from Sophie and Alan on the work of the Samaritans.
We welcome visitors if you would find this talk interesting.

Val Jones, Deputy Branch Leader

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From Prescot Church Magazine (Sep. 2017)

MOTHERS’ UNION
Well it’s that time of year when all the organisations begin again after their summer break and, without exception that means Mothers’ Union who restart on Wednesday 13 September, 7.30pm with a service of Holy Communion in church followed by supper in the Meeting Room.
We welcome all members to this meeting. If you are unable to get there on your own please contact another member for a lift. There are many of us with cars who would willing pick you up.
A big ‘thank you’ must go to Diana Crompton for her contribution as M.U. Editor over the years.
See you all in September.
Val Jones
Deputy Branch Leader

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From Prescot Church Magazine (Jun 2017)

MOTHERS’ UNION
JUNE

Wednesday 14 Diane Cox – Women Pioneers in Liverpool
Wednesday 28 Between ourselves – quiz and raffle


Wednesday 28 June is our last meeting before we break for summer.

Marion and the Committee wish all members a happy holiday
and look forward to welcoming everyone back in September.

Diana Crompton, M.U. News Editor

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