About Us - Present
The Mothers' Union - St John's Needham Market Branch
The aim of the Mother's Union is:
1 to uphold Christ's teaching on the nature of marriage and to promote its wider understanding.
2 to encourage parents to bring up their children in the faith and life of the church.
3 and to be themselves, a band of women united in prayer.
Here in Needham market, we have 21 members and 1 indoor member, we hold our meetings in the ARK on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.
We have a varied program of speakers and discussion on all aspects of family life, Bible study & we have a short time of worship. We also have an annual outing where member's families join us and we enjoy a game of beetle. Currently the branch leader is David Sewell, secretary is Mary Offord, and treasurer is Alison Owen; Val Jeffreys one of Needham Market branch members is the Archdeaconry Vice President for Ipswich and is a member of the MU board of Trustees in this Dioceses.
We welcome new members, male or female, as the Mothers' Union is open to all.
Did you know that today the Mothers' Union has over 3.6 million members spread over 77 countries?
Other things we organise:
¤ The Mothers' Union runs the pre-school children fun service Little Pebbles on the 2nd Tuesday in the month in Church. Members have been busy knitting teddies for the 'first response teams' to take on their visits to patients, and members make the Flower posies that are given out in Church on Mothering Sunday; about 80 posies are made.
¤ During Advent we organise for 5 knitted Travelling Cribs to be looked after by a different person each day, ending up at the Crib Service on Christmas Eve. Four of the Cribs are looked after by 2 local schools and the 5th one travels around members of the Church. To remember that they looked after the Holy Family, each person is given a small knitted angel, sheep or star to keep, about 75-80 are needed each year, more knitting for members!
¤ We support the Birthday Cake scheme at the Salford Unit for young offenders at Hollesley Bay. MU members visit the prison each week as part of the Chaplaincy Group supporting boys in activities that include discussion groups and craft work. Boys receive a small cake and card on their birthday, sometimes the first one they have ever received. Our members are also involved in the many aspects of church life.