Your basket
Your basket
0 items - £0.00

Personal tools

Home Mission Mothers' Union Mothers' Union News Consolation, Peace and Hope

Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

Monday, 14 January 2019

Consolation, Peace and Hope

by Michael Ford last modified 14 Jan, 2019 01:42 PM

New Year news from Mothers’ Union for January 2019.

A very Happy New Year to all our members and a warm welcome to the new Triennium. I hope the Christmas season has brought you much happiness and joy and just before we move into 2019, let us re-cap on those final events of 2018.

I am most grateful to all those helpers who came forward to look after our Charity Stall on Salisbury Christmas Market. This was a first time for us and of course, it had to be a really wet day too! Nevertheless, £75 was raised in total. Not a huge amount I grant you, but - more importantly - our Stall provided a Christian presence on the market. And I think it is fair to say that those who came to help enjoyed a bit of fun as well.

MU Christmas Market Stall [Dec 2018]

For our members at West Lavington, Christmas began with present wrapping - no, not for themselves! These were Angel Tree Presents (and I believe, 18 were wrapped on the day). The gifts were destined for the children of prisoners in HMP Erlestoke. We had a wonderful gathering in the Community Centre and after all that hard work, we concluded our day with a celebration of Communion and tea. 

A similar wrapping day for Angel Tree had taken place the previous week in Sturminster Newton led by Brenda Birt and her team. Those presents, this time about 25 in all, were for the children of prisoners at HMP Guy’s Marsh. The Angel Tree project takes place every Christmas and we work in close partnership with Prison Fellowship. A big thank you to all those who took part in the planning, purchasing and wrapping of the gifts.

Present wrapping at West Lavington [Dec 2018]

Once again I had the privilege of attending the HMP Guy’s Marsh Carol Service. There I met with representatives of the Friends of Guy’s Marsh and Prison Fellowship. It is always such a joy to sing with the staff and prisoners at this wonderful Service. That well known carol, ‘While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night’ was presented by the prisoners this year in the form of a little play. The story of the shepherds was very well acted out – if with a little tongue in cheek!

This year, the Heytesbury Deanery Carol Service was held in the Church of St Michael the Archangel in Mere. It was a particularly special occasion as the members of Mere MU Branch were celebrating their 100th Anniversary. The beautiful Carol Service was followed by a delicious lunch celebration which brought together friends and supporters of many church communities from all over Wiltshire and Dorset. Congratulations to Mere MU - keep up the good work!

Mere MU cake [Dec 2018]Mere MU gathering [Dec 2018]

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without going along to the Women’s Refuge Crib Service. It is a real privilege for me to be invited to this beautiful occasion. Revd Penny Joyce led the proceedings with readings and prayers. All the children took part in acting out the Christmas story and everyone joined in singing the Christmas Carols. Thank you so much for a really lovely afternoon and the cakes were so delicious!

As a thank you to our members who give so much of their time to help us in the Office and the Diocese throughout the year - we enjoyed a festive Christmas lunch at Sarum College.

Christmas lunch at Sarum College [Dec 2018]

But of course, with so much joy around it is very easy to overlook the sadness which is never very far away in our lives. During December, we said farewell to two much loved and amazing ladies, Enid Barton RIP and Betty Rogers RIP. The families of Enid and Betty gathered together for the funerals of their loved ones just before Christmas. Both women had been devoted members of Mothers’ Union for most of their lives and will be greatly missed by so many. Please pray for Enid and Betty’s families.

May the Christ Child who, once again, has brought light and love into the world, bring consolation, peace and hope to us all throughout the coming year.


Rosie Stiven


Document Actions

Blog headlines

  • New Presidents - new Initiatives - still fighting Slavery
    16 April 2019

    The Mothers’ Union Spring update, April 2019, from Diocesan President Rosie Stiven.

  • Consolation, Peace and Hope
    14 January 2019

    New Year news from Mothers’ Union for January 2019.

  • A Christmas Greeting
    17 December 2018

    From Diocesan President Rosie Stiven.

  • The Fallen and the Transformed
    20 November 2018

    Autumn News from Mothers’ Union for November 2018, courtesy Diocesan President Rosie Stiven.

  • Prayer and Worship; Love and Service
    9 October 2018

    Embroidery, rockets and farewells: an update from Rosie Stiven, Diocesan President of Mothers’ Union - August and September 2018

  • Summer of Hope
    23 July 2018

    Mothers’ Union members have been busy fundraising and providing much-needed support, including events and the Court Café in Salisbury. Plus - what is ‘MULOA’? Read on…

  • Listening, Observing, Acting - and Winning!
    14 May 2018

    It has been a busy two months for Mothers’ Union in this diocese. Diocesan President Rosie Stiven reports in.

  • May the Road Rise to You
    5 March 2018

    From the worldwide to the personal, from the old to the new, from the welcoming in to the saying farewell, Rosie Stiven reports on the last two months’ work in our Mothers’ Union.

  • Happy New Year from Mothers’ Union
    15 January 2018

    The latest blog from Diocesan President Rosie Stiven features Virtual Babies!

  • Comings and Goings and Connections
    30 October 2017

    An update from Mothers’ Union for September and October 2017, from Diocesan President Rosie Stiven.

  • Getting Away From It All
    25 September 2017

    A report on the ‘Away From It All’ Holiday, known as the AFIA Project, at the Sidholme Hotel, Sidmouth.

  • Welcoming Laura
    4 September 2017

    Mothers’ Union welcomes our new Community Development Co-ordinator – Mrs Laura Kachale.

  • The Mary Sumner Story
    17 August 2017

    Mothers’ Union started with Mary, married to George, Rector of the Parish of Old Alresford, being passionate about transforming the home-lives of parish families.

  • Prayers, Blessing, Celebration and Farewell
    10 July 2017

    A Trustees’ Meeting with a Difference - News from Mothers’ Union, June 2017

  • News, Reflections and Colours
    26 May 2017

    The latest news from Bradford on Avon and Sherborne, courtesy Diocesan President Rosie Stiven.

  • A Season of Prayer and Praise
    8 May 2017

    MU President Rosie Stiven reports on months that covered Lent, Easter, and Women's World Day of Prayer

  • Diamonds, Prayers and Hearts
    20 February 2017

    The latest news from Trowbridge, Westbury, Bournemouth and beyond, courtesy Diocesan President Rosie Stiven.

  • Our Theme for 2017 is FAITH IN ACTION
    16 January 2017

    A message from Mothers' Union Diocesan President Rosie Stiven

  • Mothers' Union Rounds Off 2016
    20 December 2016

    Seasonal news of activism, giving and saying thank you, courtesy Diocesan President Rosie Stiven.

  • "This Is A Human World"
    5 December 2016

    Mothers’ Union hold a special Cathedral service and marched in London as part of the ‘16 Days of Activism’ campaign against gender based violence.