Dear Members and Friends,

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23

These are the words which come to mind today. In recent months, there have been times of despair, but we have seen much goodness, hope and confidence appear and reappear.

No matter what happens the day before we wake up each morning with a new heart.

Thank you, Mothers’ Union members, clergy, laity and friends for the part you are playing. Many droplets gather to create a vast ocean and the wave of prayerful love and compassion combined with practical action has been encouraging, empowering and uplifting.

Whilst we may not be able to meet in gatherings, you have been busy connecting through Whats App, FaceTime, creating phone chains etc. and this  has been much appreciated especially by those “cocooning” at home and by those who are separated from loved ones, sadly some through bereavement. Staying connected and listening well are much valued ministries at present.

What else can we do?
Pray – Mothers’ Union Midday Prayers have been on the go since 1918. Each Monday Eva gives us an update on one of Wave of Prayer partners or another worldwide perspective. Joan has set us an interesting Psalm challenge for May – check out our Derry & Raphoe MU News.

Craft – All branches have received patterns or links for knitted and crochet hearts, a knitted doctor and nurse, a crochet Scrubs Bear and, for those who sew, check out Covid Crafts on our website. Over the season we shall keep up our normal diocesan craft activities – they will be
much appreciated in the autumn.

 

Social Issues – through Facebook we have been aiming to keep you up to date. We have been highlighting people supports regarding Mental Health, Bereavement, Food Poverty and the need to continue contributing to Food Banks, and the rise of Domestic Abuse in our communities. Whilst we may not be visibly wearing black on Thursdays, we are continuing to  highlight the need to highlight and eliminate domestic abuse and gender based violence. We do the best when we can if we can.

Youth – As we continue to pray for our youth we think of the wonderful activities currently inspired by our school teachers, Sunday School teachers and our Youth Advisors – well done!

Mothers’ Union – in common with many charities worldwide, its usual sources of income have dried up, and you are, by now, aware of our Mothers’ Union Urgent Worldwide Appeal. Please contribute if you can so that the worthwhile work of Mothers’ Union may regenerate and carry on. Whatever your situation, your prayers for Mothers’ Union and our communities are very much valued and appreciated.

Each week, new aspects unfold. Know that you are loved and appreciated. The simplest things we do often make the greatest difference. Let us never underestimate the power of one small act of kindness.

Keep well, keep safe and stay connected. May God continue to build us up in hope and confidence and richly bless us through his steadfast love and constant faithfulness.

Jacqui,
Diocesan President