Mothers Union Newcastle

Bishop Sonia's talk "Our Theme" (click Dove)


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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Samaritans works closely with the Diocese in many ways, from assistance with our Disaster Recovery and supporting the Emergency Relief centres, to providing a safe space for many of our services. Samaritans is grateful for the dedication of many members of our parishes who volunteer their time to su [...]

Clergy to meet and reflect following the National Bishops’ Meeting and General Synod Bishop Peter has invited all licensed clergy from the Diocese to gather for conversation and deep listening in the light of the 2019 Diocesan Synod. The clergy will meet for prayer and engagement using a structure b [...]

Last Monday evening 100 or so people from across the Diocese of Newcastle and our partner churches gathered in our Cathedral for “A Service of Prayer for Recovery in this Time of Drought and Bushfire”.  We have been very aware of people across the country, including in our Diocese, whose lives have [...]

A Christmas Message from the Anglican Bishop of Newcastle – Dr Peter Stuart There is expectation in the air. Christmas is near and people have begun their travels. Children are excitedly anticipating gifts from Father Christmas. Parents are wondering who might join them in church or around the dinne [...]

We have updated the Professional Standards Poster to ensure that people know how to contact the Police and the Child Protection Helpline. We encourage anyone who has been harmed to come forward to speak about their experience. Parishes should print the revised poster and ensure that a copy is placed [...]

From 1 March 2020 reporting child abuse will be a legal requirement for clergy and church workers in NSW. This follows amendments to the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 (Care Act) which expand mandatory reporter groups and also provides greater protections for reporters. Th [...]

Christmas Donations Fr Andrew and Monica Eaton from St Luke’s Wallsend, with Sonia Hornery MP, donating to the Share the Dignity campaign through Sonia’s Wallsend office. New Sculpture Unveiled at Maitland The newly installed Sculpture by local sculptor Julie Squires & inspired by Jacob Epstein’ [...]

Hi All Anglican Women, Riverina is well underway with plans for our Biennial NSW Provincial Conference to be held at St Alban’s Cathedral Griffith from Friday afternoon 17th to Sunday afternoon 19th May 2019. We have a great programme organised and I am sure that all attending will enjoy,  I am atta [...]

The 2019 silent retreats for women in Lent will again take place at the Catalina Conference Centre at Rathmines, on the western shore of beautiful Lake Macquarie (between Toronto and Morisset). The weekend retreat will take place from Friday evening, 9th March 2019 to Sunday afternoon 10th at 3 pm, [...]

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 [...]

Thought for the Week

from Anglican Mothers Union Australia

Sunday 16th February 2020


Thou wast their rock, their fortress and their might,
Thou Lord their Captain in the well fought fight,
Thou in the darkest drear their one true light.   
TiS 455; AHB 384

If Jesus is the model of steadfastness we follow, his followers have also given us examples of steadfastness.
In Westminster Abbey there are modern statues of 20th century martyrs
such as Boenhoeffer, Martin Luther King, Kolbe. They held themselves like rocks against the tide of prejudice,
they fought for the downtrodden, they continue the Christian Way that has been kept alive through 2 millennia.
It is the Way of peace and justice for all, a Way that can only be upheld
by a continuing steadfast appraisal of the injustices of our times.

Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the
Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labour is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:58

What were accepted practices in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania –
female genital mutilation and child marriage – are now priority areas for advocacy and policy.
Members are steadfastly campaigning for a ‘complete stop’ to the practices,
sometimes needing to move at-risk girls to safer areas.