Mothers Union

W e aim to demonstrate the Christian faith in action by the transformation of communities worldwide through the nurture of families in its many forms.

As part of the worldwide Mothers’ Union, St John’s Hervey Bay Branch of MU Australia was started in 1940. Over the past 72 years, the Branch has played a very active part of parish life. MU Australia is considered to be the Mission arm of the Church; it is prayer focused, and not materialistic.

Our founder, Mary Sumner, is remembered on Mary Sumner Day 9th August. The aim is the advancement of the Christian religion in the sphere of marriage and family life. The purpose of The Mothers’ Union is to be specially concerned with all that strengthens and preserves marriage and Christian family life. The objects are: to uphold Christ’s teaching on the nature of marriage and to promote its wider understanding; to encourage parents to bring up their children in the faith and life of the church; to maintain a world-wide fellowship of Christians united in prayer, worship and service; to promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life and the protection of children; to help those whose family life has met with adversity.

Our meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 9am followed by the 10am Church Service. A cup of tea follows with a varied program including guest speakers both local and from our MU Speakers’ Department. Members subscribe to the publications of Mia Mia which is Australia-wide and the Brisbane Diocesan News Sheet which are quarterly publications to keep in touch with other branches.

Members undertake a wide variety of activities both inside and outside of the parish. Each year we join with other churches in the World Day of Prayer service. We celebrate Mothering Sunday in Lent distributing simnel cakes to the congregations at the services. The significance of Mothering Sunday is explained and the annual retiring collection for a Mothers’ Union project is undertaken.

We conduct our Quiet Day which is an important, inspiring and uplifting day. Lady Day run by the Burnett Deanery is another important day. Our MU banner is processed at this service. Our Burnett Deanery Day is another opportunity to gather for prayer and fellowship.

Within the Branch, members are active in Hospital visiting. In the past 10 years over 4000 gifts have been delivered to newborns and new mothers at the Hervey Bay Hospital by Joy McGuinness and Rosslyn Fallon. Margaret Mathiesen keeps in touch with members through the Intercessary Prayer Circle.

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Baby Ryder receives his MU bear at his baptism

Maureen Biri keeps the Cradle Roll and one of the MU representatives attends baptisms and presents baptismal bears which have been made by our members to the newly baptised with cards from the parish and MU branch. A link branch is also maintained.

Our group enjoys prayerful meetings and good fellowship. New members are always welcome.