• Support of prisoners at Littlehey Prison through relationships courses and ‘Coffee and Chat’ with prisoners who have no visitors
• Provision of holidays in Norfolk through the Away From It All scheme via generous donations from members
• Continuation of Thursday prayer services in Ely cathedral and a Prayer Vigil to raise awareness for the 16 Days of activism Against Gender Based Violence, as well as biennial Quiet Days for members and friends
• Continued support for the Bye Buy Childhood campaign, with recommendations to Parliament for legislation to support the Bailey Review
• Provision of Mother & Baby tents at County shows, and facilitation of Parenting Groups around the Diocese
• Knitting and sewing projects for Hinchingbrooke and Addenbrookes Hospitals, and for Eastern Europe, as well as collections for the homeless hostels and women’s hostels in the Diocese
• Continued prayer for our linked Dioceses in Nigeria and Rwanda, both during the year and the Wave of Prayer week (early December for our Diocese).
We now have about 1000 MU members in our Diocese – to raise awareness, one of our Vice Presidents toured the Cambridge Archdeaconry (clocking up 700 miles on her bicycle), visiting 147 churches and 5 redundant ones, to meet church congregations. We also had a wonderful evening in June in the garden of the Bishop’s Palace to celebrate 125 years of the MU in Ely Diocese – this year it’s 140 years since the foundation of the Mothers’ Union by Mary Sumner, so we are repeating the event in June.
Stapleford MU is a very friendly group – come to a meeting so we can prove it! Our programme is on the St Andrews website.