All Saints' Branch of the Mothers Union
Welcome to our webpage. The All Saints' branch of the Mothers' Union is closely involved with family activities within the Church and meets once a month to enjoy a variety of talks and visits, all relevant to living with our faith in the everyday life of our homes and families. Our meetings are usually held in the Church Meeting Room beginning at 8.00 p.m. and are open to everyone, both men and women, whether married or not - all are welcome. We are the only remaining branch in Hertford and Ware and welcome members who worship in other parishes or who move into the area.
The Mothers' Union is a worldwide charity providing Christian care for families. Click here for an introduction. Further details and literature are available from Ann.
|Branch Leader:||Mrs Ann Stephens-Jones||01992 447726|
|Branch Secretary:||Mrs Rosemary Bolton||01992 589535|
|Branch Treasurer:||Mrs Ann Stephens-Jones||01992 447726|
|Mon 8th January||7pm||AGM and Planning Meeting Our annual planning meeting and pot luck supper with refreshments and finger buffet food in the Church Meeting Room at 7pm. Please come with good ideas for 2018.|
|7th Feb - 14th Feb||National Marriage Week UK This year's theme is 'Think Ahead!'|
|Tuesday 13th February||7.30pm||Songs of Praise! Graham Jones leads us in the history of our favourite carols & hymns as we listen to them on disc. Please research & bring your favourite to share if you wish. Memorial chapel.|
|26th February - 11th March||Fairtrade Fortnight|
|Fri 2nd March||2pm||Women's World Day of Prayer Hertford Baptist Church. "All God's Creation is very good!" Written by the women of Suriname.|
|Saturday 10th March||2pm||Mothering Sunday posy preparation in the Church.|
|Sun 11th March||10am||Mothering Sunday Service "Make a Mother's Day" - Mothers' Union ethical gift catalogues available from the back of the Church.|
|Tuesday 13th March||7.30pm||The Holy Land Janet & Colin Bird will present a slideshow & talk on last year's Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Memorial Chapel|
|Saturday 17th March||9.45 to 2.30pm||Diocesan Spring Sharing Day "Action & Outreach". We are hosting this. Help with refreshments & car park marshalling required.|
|Monday 9th April||Lady Day
||Tues 24th April||7.30pm||Alpine Railways The Toyn family will present a slideshow & talk. Memorial Chapel
||Tuesday 15th May||7.30pm||Amazon Adventure Barbara Askew will present a talk with photographs of her adventurous cruise down The Amazon. Meeting Room.
||Saturday 2nd June||9.45-2.30pm||Diocesan Annual Meeting incorporating Festival Service with banners at King Charles the Martyr, Mutton Lane, Potters Bar. EN6 3AS
||Friday 15th June||10.30am for 11.30am||Guided Tour of Waltham Abbey Church, followed by lunch & a wander in the Rose Gardens & grounds.
Voluntary donation of £2.50 for tour payable to Abbey on day. Lifts available.
||Friday 22nd June||1.00-2.00 pm||Wave of Prayer. Our Deanery Wave of Prayer service - venue tbc.
||Friday 20th July||12noon||Lunch
at Hopley's Garden Centre, Much Hadham. Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the re-opening of our Branch. Lifts available.
||Wednesday 1st August||Diocesan Faith Event Hertford Archdeaconry, venue tbc.
||Thursday 9th August|| Mary Sumner Day
||August|| No Branch meeting.
||Tuesday 18th September||7.30pm||Nerine Chalmers will share with us memories of her childhood growing up in Africa & events as the country changed from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe. Also the history of her forebears as the first white missionaries in Rhodesia. Memorial Chapel.
||Tuesday 16th October||7.30pm||Women's Suffrage As we approach the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage, Janet Bird will present a talk on the campaign to win the vote & the Suffragettes. Meeting Room.
||Saturday 10th November||9.45-2.30||Diocesan Autumn Sharing Day Venue tbc.
||Tuesday 13th November||7.30pm||Lest we forget Anne-Marie Parker will share her presentation on Art of World War 1 & 2. Memorial Chapel.
||Sunday 18th November||4-6pm||Messy Church St John's Hall. Our MU travelling cribs will be blessed & sent on their journeys from home to home until Christmas Eve. Cribs available to suit all ages. If you would like a crib to come to your home, please let us know.
||December||Wreath Making As part of our preparation for Advent and Christmas we will be making our Christmas wreaths. Venue & date tbc. Bring greenery, secateurs, garden twine and frames as required.
||Tuesday 8th January 2019||7.30pm||AGM and Planning Meeting Our annual planning meeting & pot luck supper with finger buffet food. Please come with good ideas for 2019. Meeting Room.
The Mothers Union
The Mothers Union is a world-wide organisation within the Anglican Church. There are 3 million members in 70 countries around the world, 122,000 of them in the UK alone. Its purpose is to be especially concerned with all that strengthens and preserves marriage and Christian family life.
Through Action and Outreach, the M.U. reaches the wider community. Prison visiting, running parenting groups, providing 'Away from it all' holidays for needy families, and running family Contact Centres to enable estranged parents to visit their children following relationship breakdowns, are just some of the ways the M.U. is achieving its aims.
Members pray regularly for their overseas contemporaries. An overseas fund supports projects in needy parts of the world. The M.U. recently received three-quarters of a million pounds from Comic Relief, to help extend and develop its literacy and development programme in Burundi, Maiawi, and the Sudan. Women are being taught to read and write, allowing them to have increased confidence and control over every aspect of their lives, to the benefit of their families and the wider community.
Closer to home, we at All Saints have had many interesting and memorable speakers and visits over the last fifteen years. The Mothers Union banner stands resplendent next to the children's altar; on two occasions we have been able to give it an outing as it joined a sea of banners parading through St. Albans Abbey, at M.U. Diocesan Festivals.
The numerous speakers, both 'home grown' and from further afield have provided us with a diversity of talks over the years, from seasonal meditations, to far flung corners of the globe, our meetings have catered for all ages tastes and needs. Our annual programme is on the blue notice board at the back of church (or on our web page). Copies are available to take home. Please join us regularly or on an occasional basis if a specific topic is of interest to you. Either way, you will be very welcome!
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How to find us
Information for Hirers
Our Hall is heavily used, but may have just the slot you need.
Can't find something?
Please email us firstname.lastname@example.org (office hours are 10-12 Weds and Sat) or call Jo the Vicar on 01992 584899.