Mothers Union Newcastle


Good Afternoon Members.
It is with regret that we have cancelled the Lady Day service on the 25th March.

This decision was requested by Australian President Reverend Anne Kennedy and after careful consideration from Diocesan Executive and Reverend Katherine Bowyer from the Cathedral is was agreed this was the best course of action for the safety of our members.

Keep well and you are in our prayers
Diocesan Executive

In view of the nature of the spread of this virus, I ask all Diocesan Executives to think about holding Lady Day Services this year. Because our membership is in the ‘elderly’ category which is a prime target for the virus, and because travel to and from services could be by public transport, or full cars, we need to be cautious about putting our members in health-compromising situations.
There are three Lady Day services on the website, and on the AMUA website which could be used in varying situations or at home. Choose which would be better for your diocese, adapt as necessary, and give copies to your members so that they can participate with the Global Mothers Union in this celebration.
With regard to meetings, I ask you to think carefully about gathering in large groups. Ensure that you and your members follow the hygiene protocols advised by the Health Department. Use the ‘Thai bow’ to greet each other – hands in prayer position, slight bow – avoid greeting each other with hugs and kisses. This should also be applied during the ‘flu season in any year.
Isolation is necessary for those with the virus, and those who’ve been in contact with someone with the virus – this is unavoidable. But please be aware of isolation of people when meetings are cancelled. Make sure you keep in touch with each other by phone, email, notes, etc. Sometimes the MU meeting is all that people can go to, and to lose that contact can be depressing.
Please pray for the containment of this disease, for the health workers, for those infected, for those who have recovered. Also pray for the families of those who have lost their lives.
Above all, please use common sense. Panic helps no-one, but precautions can help everyone.
Love and peace,
13th March, 2020.


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Our vision is of a world where God's love is shown through loving, respectful,
and flourishing relationships.


  • To promote and support married life
  • To encourage parents in their role to develop the faith of their children
  • To maintain a worldwide fellowship of Christians united in prayer,
    worship and service
  • To promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life
    and the protection of children
  • To help those whose family life has met with adversity

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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Thought for the Week

from Anglican Mothers Union Australia

Sunday 29th March 2020

Heart for Justice

When our hearts yearn for justice, it is not with the sense of wanting retribution or revenge.

Justice is what God delivers. Being Just is an attribute of God as is Righteousness and Mercy.
A heart that aches for justice will yearn and work for others to have wrongs righted, mercy delivered.
The yearning for justice is not for oneself. We do want to be right with God,
we do want God to have mercy on us, but our prayer is always for the down-trodden other.

Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show mercy to you.
For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.    

Isaiah 30:18

Members in Nigeria were among others in Zone E who wanted to focus
their support on the vulnerable and marginalised and those in poverty.
With a heart for justice they felt advocacy, education and connecting people
to government provisions would help to combat the injustices of disadvantage.
As we move into Holy Week may our hearts be open and discerning and may God bless us all.