The theme for 2017 is “Faith in action”.
We follow on from our year of celebration in 2016 when we gave thanks for God’s faithfulness to Mothers’ Union over 140 years .

We now look to the future trusting that God will continue to help us as we share his love in the world through our Christian care for families and communities. We do this by actively putting our faith into action to serve God and his world. This is no new concept for us as Mothers’ Union; rather it has always been at the heart of our mission and outreach.

So 2017 is a year for us to highlight the ways in which we already live out our faith though action; it is also an opportunity for us to consider new ways in which to do so, being ever aware of the changing needs of society, and always looking to God for his guidance and provision.

AFIA (Away from it All) Away Days
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 some time away please contact either the Clergy at St Mary’s Church or Jean Buckles on 01489 578687.

Branch members have been busy knitting and sewing. MU Portsmouth Diocese recently sent 300 items of knitting and sewing to the Neo Natal and Maternity Units at QA Hospital. We have also been knitting Twiddlemuffs” which help people who have Dementia and we have given them to the Dementia Café at Fareham Community Hospital. See photographs.
As part of our Faith in Action theme we are also collecting food items for the Fareham and Gosport Basics Bank. We have also been attending Wedding Fayres in the Diocese.

This summer throughout the country MU is involved in a number of events:

Big Church Day Out 2017 at Wiston House, West Sussex on 27-28 May where we will be running a “Big Soft Play Tent”.

On Sunday 11 June we will be at the Robert Bear Picnic Party at Portsmouth City Museum Gardens where we will be running the cake stall on behalf of the Roberts Centre, Fareham.

Diocesan Festival Service at The Minster, Newport, Isle of Wight on 15 June at 12 noon.

MU Chichester Diocese – Family Fun Day at Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre on Saturday 8 July.

Deanery/Branch Outing to Salisbury Cathedral on 25 July.

For more information on the work of Mothers Union locally contact Jean Buckles : Bucklesalan@yahoo.co.uk or 01489 578687. Also see www.mothersunion.org.

Future Events are:-