St Andrew’s has a very active Mothers’ Union (MU) branch, with new members joining regularly. We welcome non-members to our meetings too – truly, everyone is welcome, and you don’t have to be a mother! For more information, contact Helen Zappala (0400 951 945).
On the second Friday of each month, we gather for a Eucharist or Morning Prayer at 9:30 am. We then have morning tea before our meeting at about 10:30 am. Most months, we have a guest speaker. See the Special Events page for more information about the next speaker.
Each year on Mothering Sunday (the 4th Sunday in Lent – 3 weeks before Easter), we join with other MU branches to raise money for an international project. In 2021:
AMUA branches will again celebrate Mothering Sunday and invite parishioners to donate to our retiring collection to support Mothers Union work. AMUA has accepted the invitation from Mary Sumner House to support the development and trial implementation of a Parenting Program specifically designed for families in Papua New Guinea.
Please keep the team in your prayers as they work through the parenting issues locally identified as marriage breakdown, polygamy, unplanned pregnancy and child abuse, as well as the best way to present the program locally. Pray for the program development team, especially for Mrs. Ida Baure, President from Popendetta, as she leads this work.
Mothers’ Union was first established in Papua New Guinea in 1949. The 22,000 members in Papua New Guinea are very active in their local communities. Activities across the country include adult literacy, health programs (TB, malaria prevention, HIV/AIDs awareness), campaigning against gender-based violence, prison ministry, hospital visitation and marriage counselling.
Members of Mothers Union would like to say a huge “thank you” for your generous contributions to this year’s Retiring Collection. The amount raised was $415.00.
From helping people to read in Ethiopia to knitting tiny garments for premature babies: from running parenting programs to providing home-maker parcels to refugees; from supporting parish Family Workers to running family-related seminars in the community – these are just a few of the many projects of MU Australia. For more information, see https://www.muaustralia.org.au/.