Pakefield Church’s Mothers’ Union meets from 2.00 – 3.30pm in the Church Hall on the third Thursday of each month. They are a friendly group of ladies (although men may also join). Some of them run the monthly Teddy Edward Club in church for babies and pre-school children and their parents. They also host and lead the Living for Life course that we run as part of our marriage preparation course. And two of them are the Diocesan organisers of AFIA (Away From It All) holidays for families who need a break but who can’t afford it.
PAKEFIELD MOTHERS’ UNION – PAKEFIELD BRANCH
In her letter in Families Worldwide at the beginning of this fateful year, the President, Sheran Harper, wrote an identity statement, words which were to prove prescient in the months to come. This read:-
“Mothers’ Union is a global, women-led, volunteer movement. United in our diversity and living out our faith, we support individuals and families to transform their lives. Embedded in the church and community, we have unprecedented reach that gives a voice to the stigmatised and vulnerable around the world”.
Countries which had participated in the abomination of slavery some 200 years ago have been highlighted in the media of late but many people may be unaware that slavery still exists!
In 2017, the Archbishop of Canterbury drew attention to The Clewer Initiative, a Church of England project designed to develop strategies to detect modern day slavery in communities and to provide support and care. Working in partnership with this Initiative, Mothers’ Union set up a project to address and raise awareness of the subject and, as a branch, we can also give support by donating funds raised at various events.
Mothers’ Union has a membership of over four million worldwide working to improve life for the disadvantaged wherever possible and, to this end, when we are able to meet again, we can continue to play our part and also to care for our local communities and each other through prayer and raising funds.