The Cathedral Branch of the Mothers’ Union meets on the first Tuesday afternoon of each month with a short service in the Chapel of Christ the King, and then moves into St Martins House for a speaker followed by a cup of tea. There are presently about 20 branch members (from the Cathedral and other city churches) and several regular visitors.
Our diverse programme keeps the Cathedral branch up to date with Mothers’ Union work and prayer life on a local, national and worldwide scale. During the year we join diocesan members and members from other branches for meetings and services at home and in other parts of the diocese. Our own programme includes speakers from the clergy, other faiths and the general public. We often have a crafting afternoon when we encourage members to join in with a range of activities. In the summer we have a group outing, which includes afternoon tea, to somewhere relevant to our programme. The programme for 2017 includes a Eucharist service, a talk by the Revd Julie Ann Heath, a visit from the Samaritans organisation, Flower arranging, and a talk from “Wishes for Kids”, to mention just a few.
Financially, as well as supporting the Away From It All Holidays, we make donations to various Mothers’ Union projects including the Mothers’ Union Relief Fund and Overseas Work. Locally at Christmas we join with other branches and give out chocolate bars to patients in various hospital units. We also help put together sponge bags for patients admitted to hospital without any belongings. Many of our members knit clothes for the neonatal units at the local hospitals and knit shawls for SANDS and teddy bears to give to children, visiting prisoners and for the police to use when helping or questioning children. Closer to home we give a Bible or Prayer book to all the children under five who are baptised in the Cathedral.
The Cathedral Mothers’ Union is always pleased to welcome anyone who would like to join us and visitors. We are also always on the lookout for people who can come and speak at one of our meetings or do some practical activities with us. If you are interested or would like more information please contact the Cathedral Office.