Faith underpins the whole work of the Mothers Union by encouraging members to enrich their prayer lives corporately and individually.
The unit arranges a quiet/study day each year. The choice of venue being made by a panel. There is a speaker and a short service.
In the Autumn there is a Retreat usually held at Abbey House.
Branch Worship is renewed each year, as this is a help for leaders and distributed at the Autumn panel meeting.
Wave of Prayer
Each day a wave of prayer goes around the world as members pray at midday wherever they are for the work of Mothers Union and international issues.
This began in 1920 and has been happening ever since. The Wave of Prayer calendar includes every area worldwide where Mothers Union works.
Areas are linked together in groups and each group is allocated a slot in the calendar. The names of diocesan presidents or community development coordinators in these groups are included for prayer.
The groups form close links with each other and will often hold special prayer services or celebrations during the days when it is their turn for prayer.
The Wave of Prayer for our diocese falls on the 26th-28th January each year. This is when we pray especially for our links in Africa and India and they especially pray for us. Our link diocese are:
- False Bay in South Africa
- Shinyanga in Tanzania
- Umuahia and Ijebu in Nigeria
- Vellore in India
Throughout the year we pray for dioceses around the world.
Indoor Members have a prayer diary, a Christmas card and letter from the President. At Easter they also get a card and letter, often from the Chaplain. It is the responsibility of the Branches to keep in touch and inform the Liaison officer when a 90 or 100 birthday is coming up. Also to inform the Liaison Officer when a member dies.
The committee members are available for help and some give talks. The Chaplain is always ready to give help. There is also a folder with ideas for prayers, talks, meditation, and readings. There are useful books of prayers produced by the Mothers Union.