Mothers Union Newcastle


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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From Rachael Anderson Mothers' Union in the UK) Hello Members!We have had wonderful feedback on the image used on the products in our "In Mary Sumner's footsteps" themed products in the latest MUe Catalogue. We are delighted that the artwork is now available for use as logos (one [...]

Please keep our members of Zone C in your prayers as they come together for discussion and fellowship in Auckland New Zealand 18th-23rd August. May they have safe travel as they 'cross the Tasman'. [...]

Latest Newsletters now online; Diocese of Newcastle Newsletter (June 2018) Diocese of Sydney - Sydney Bridge (August 2018) Diocese of Grafton - INSET (Winter 2018) Mia Mia Audio (Winter 2018) [...]

MU Thought for the Week (July - September 2018) pdf MU Thought for the Week (July - September 2018) Word doc. [...]

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Samaritans Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Brad Webb as Samaritans CEO. Brad has been Samaritans Deputy CEO – Strategy and Innovation since 2017 and has recently been in the role of Acting CEO. He has led Samaritans through continued sector change while over-seeing key projects th [...]

The annual Diocesan Convention took place on Saturday 11 August at Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College. Keynote speaker, The Rev’d Dr John Capper, spoke on evangelism and apologetics. Guests also heard from Sally Bathgate who presented on “Tea and Threads”, plus the team from CEY Ministries (Children, E [...]

“For the first time in the history of this Corps, all five Australian divisions will tomorrow engage in the largest and most important operation ever undertaken by this Corps. They will be supported by an exceptionally powerful artillery and by tanks and aeroplanes on a scale never previously attemp [...]

Campfire Cookout at St Christopher’s What a fantastic evening the Parish of Telarah Rutherford had at their Campfire Cookout at St Christopher’s! The wonderful guys from Rotary made an absolutely awesomely delicious three-course meal plus nibbles. Fiacre’s Feast Community Garden was on show and help [...]

Saint Peter’s Church, East Maitland, has recently introduced a Free Community Meal to be provided every Thursday at the Parish Hall at 5pm for those less fortunate in the community. Representatives of the parish with creative and culinary expertise produce a wholesome meal in large quantities that c [...]

The Interfaith Dialogue is an opportunity to gather with people from other faiths and learn from each other on a specific topic. Four speakers from Muslim and Christian traditions spoke about the recognition of Mary and what their holy books say about her. The night began with a Welcome to Country, [...]

Book Week at Lakes Grammar Lakes Grammar – An Anglican School enjoyed a fabulous Book Week parade this week… check out some of the amazing costumes. Bishop Charlie Visits Forster Tuncurry The Parish of Forster Tuncurry had an encouraging time together this week as Bishop Charlie visited the parish. [...]

This year the annual Spring Celebrations organised by Anglican Women in the various deaneries of the Diocese of Newcastle in September will feature speakers from Riding for the Disabled, which has a number of centres in the diocesan area. RDA will be the focus of AW’s Thank You Box giving over the n [...]

  About 120 people braved the rain and cool conditions to attend the service, held in the magnificent St Peter’s Church at East Maitland. Following refreshments in the comfortably heated church, the service commenced at 10 am. Rector, Archdeacon David Batterick, welcomed everyone to this historic an [...]

On Thursday evening, 10th May 2018 – the Ascension of our Lord – a wonderful service, full of pomp and ceremony, took place at Christ Church Cathedral Newcastle, where the consecration of two new Assistant Bishops for Newcastle – Sonia Roulston and Charlie Murray was celebrated. Sonia is to be the B [...]

On Tuesday 10th April, women of the Manning met at Camden Haven Anglican Church for their annual Autumn meeting. After morning tea The Rev’d Nathan Killick celebrated the communion service. His sermon honoured the role of women, beginning with a magazine article about Dorothy Dix and her advice to a [...]

Anglican Women “exists to celebrate and support women, both lay and ordained, in their ministries and in their witness by providing the opportunity for fellowship and the concrete expression of their unity in Christ”. (The Most Rev’d Philip Aspinall, 2009) Anglican Women has existed in many dioceses [...]

The Rt Rev’d Dr Peter Stuart and Nicki Stuart. On Tuesday, 5th June, the annual Diocesan Service for ALL women (though of course, men are most welcome too!) in the Diocese will take place at St Peter’s, 47 William Street, East Maitland. The post Diocesan AW Service at East Maitland appeared first on [...]

The two Silent Retreats organised by Anglican Women of the Diocese of Newcastle in March 2018 provided a precious time to ‘be still and be open to God’ – a time to rest, reflect, pray, worship and listen. All this in the beautiful surrounds of the Catalina Conference Centre at Rathmines, on the shor [...]

Thought for the Week

from Anglican Mothers Union Australia

Sunday 19th August 2018

Time for rest

‘A mother’s work is never done’; ‘I don’t know how I ever found time to go to work’; ‘I feel guilty if I sit down and read’. Jesus had to leave his friends and hangers-on to pray: Jesus asked his disciples to sit with him and they fell asleep. Resting in God, resting our minds and bodies, these are both important spiritual exercises and need our full cooperation; need a conscious decision to leave the dishes, to lie on the couch without a device/radio/TV, to say our prayers. Here I am, Lord.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. Psalm 23: 1-3a

In New Zealand members have taken seriously the need for rest, prayer and reflection. They joined with the Anglican Association of Women to hold a quiet day and looked at topics such as women apostles and women in mission, such as Mary Sumner. Likewise members in Tonga are faithful in prayer, resting before their labours in support of education for young people.