Every year, Mothers’ Union has an annual theme that focuses members’ prayers and actions on particular aspects of our work and faith.

In 2018, In Mary Sumner’s Footsteps calls us to focus on the example of our founder, Mary Sumner, and on the core principles of Mothers’ Union: Listening to God and each other, and having determination to take steps of faith as we journey together in response to his call. 2018 is a significant year for 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.

Who was 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.

Mary Sumner’s Prayer:
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

Mothers Union in the Portsmouth Diocese are funding days out for families and anyone who has been through a difficult time or do not have family support nearby. If you are aware of anyone who would benefit from time away please contact either the clergy at St Mary’s Church or Jean Buckles on 01489 578687.   We also knit and sew for the Neo Natal and Maternity Units at the QA Hospital and collect food items for the Fareham and Gosport Basics Bank.

Hook with Warsash Branch meet on the first Thursday of every month at 2pm in the hall lounge in St Mary’s Church. We welcome all to join us for fellowship and refreshments.

For more information on the work of Mothers Union locally contact:-
Jean Buckles : bucklesalan@yahoo.co.uk or 01489 578687
Hazel Burcher : hazeljburcher@aol.com or 023 8045 2188
Also see www.mothersunion.org.

Future Events are:-

Mothers’ Union Branch Meeting – Lenten Meditation led by Revd Janet Trevithick @ Church Hall Lounge
Mar 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Mothers’ Union Branch Meeting – Revd Anne Boggust @ Church Hall Lounge
Apr 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Mothers’ Union Afternoon Tea for Church Volunteers @ Church Hall
Apr 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Mothers’ Union Branch Outing
May 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Mothers’ Union Branch Meeting: Plant Sale & Flower Arrangement Demonstration with Dianne Hammersley @ Church Hall
May 31 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Mothers’ Union Annual Strawberry Tea @ Church Hall
Jul 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm