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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The matter of the Professional Standards COmmittee (Applicant) and the Reverend Douglas Morrison-Cleary (Respondent) has been listed for the announcement of its determination and recommendations at 3.30pm on Friday 25th September via Audio-visual meeting. The full Notice from the President of the Professional Standards Board, Margaret Sidis, can be viewed here. [...]

Dear sisters and brothers, Church attendance and pastoral ministry must be adapted in light of increased COVID19 concerns Slight amendment to rules for weddings Permission for use of multiple buildings on the same site Dear sisters and brothers, Transmission risk – changes to ministry The NSW Government has “strongly advised” people from Greater Sydney and... [...]

The Matter of the Professional Standards Committee (applicant) and Reverend Douglas Morrison-Cleary (respondent) has been listed for hearing at Bishop Housden Hall – Anglican Diocese of Newcastle on Thursday 10th September 2020. The full Notice of Hearing from the President of the Professional Standards Board, Margaret Sidis, can be found here. [...]

19 August 2020 Every day our agencies, schools and parishes collectively make a difference in thousands of lives across the Hunter and Central Coast and in regional NSW. We are privileged by so many people who offer us the  invitation to enter their lives and journey with them. Today, Bishop of Newcastle, Dr Peter Stuart... [...]

COVID-19 Update – Group Singing Dear sisters and brothers, Group Singing should not take place at this time NSW Health has released a statement  today reinforcing the increased risk of transmission involved in group singing. The advice is that these activities must not take place at this time.  The Safe Return to Church framework allows... [...]

COVID-19 Update – Synod and Parish Annual Meetings Dear sisters and brothers, Full Synod will not be held in 2020 Virtual Synod may be held to receive reports and conduct electronic elections if arrangements can be made Parish Annual and Special Meetings not yet possible Arrangements for virtual special meeting in parishes and conducting electronic... [...]

COVID-19 Face Masks Dear sisters and brothers, Please reconsider travel to NSW hotspot areas or reconsider attending church if you have been in those areas Dear sisters and brothers, There is growing concern about the risk of contracting COVID-19 by travelling to regions of Sydney. There is general advice about refraining from travel where possible... [...]

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 attaching a registration form [...] The post 2019 State Conference at Griffiths appeared first on Anglican Women. [...]

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, and the weekday one will be [...] The post 2019 Lent Retreats: Bookings open appeared first on Anglican Women. [...]

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 next 12 months. [...] The post Spring Celebrations: Riding for the Disabled appeared first on Anglican Women. [...]

  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 and suggested that we not be concerned if we [...] The post A day of celebration: Anglican women at East Maitland appeared first on Anglican Women. [...]

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 Bishop of the Inland [...] The post Consecration of new Bishops appeared first on Anglican Women. [...]

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 young bride to be from [...] The post Manning AW gather at Camden Haven appeared first on Anglican Women. [...]

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, though currently, it remains active in only Riverina, Bathurst, Newcastle [...] The post Some Background to ‘Anglican Women’ appeared first on Anglican Women. [...]

Thought for the Week

from Anglican Mothers Union Australia

Sunday September 20th

Peace and Safety

Australians have communal memory of Cyclone Tracy in 1974.
We ‘remember’ the bushfires of 1983 which coincided with the Church’s
liturgical Ash Wednesday. The darkness of night bring fear and danger to
many whether they live in well-lit streets or drive on deserted outback
roads. Peace and safety can never be guaranteed. Not only are the vagaries
of weather and animals to be considered but also the terror created by
human wickedness. ‘O God, the maker of peace and lover of concord’,
give us peace in our hearts and gratitude when we dwell in safety.

I will both lie down and sleep in peace;
for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.
Psalm 4:8

Communities in Madagascar live with the havoc of cyclones,
flooding every year and now more frequent droughts.
Mothers Union and diocesan leaders are addressing environmental preservation
with a special grass which preserves the soil in the rainy season.
Trees are then planted which will fertilise the soil,
store water and form windbreaks during cyclones.
Peace and safety come together with prayer, teaching in resilience.