A letter from Mothers' Union Diocesan President, Karen Hill
The Diocese of Chichester Registered Charity No.249826
8th May 2020
I hope this letter finds you well, I don’t think any of us thought that when we first went into lock down that we would still be in on VE Day!! I do hope you are all making the most of our website and mid-day prayers which are on every day on the national Mothers Union Facebook page. As of Wednesday 6th May Mothers’ Union Mid-day prayers can be heard on the free C of E phone line “Daily Hope”, Telephone Number 0800 804 8044 and then you need to press 4 then 8 for that choice.
To all of you who donated to Mary Sumner House Appeal – Thank you. I am happy to report MU has hit its initial target of £400,000!! This is wonderful, and at a national level will protect the core of our organisation. Your Trustee board met earlier this week via the internet and amongst many items discussed, they all agreed that it was now important that for, the foreseeable future, any funds raised be for your own Diocese and branch projects. We will then, at all levels have protected the core aims and values of our wonderful organisation.
I fully understand us not being able to meet together as we usually do. I miss the fellowship, worship and support that a Branch gives to its members. It’s worth remembering our buildings may be closed but our faith and movement are not
Selsey Branch has decided to still meet together, but how do they do it?? On the day they would have met, 3pm on a Wednesday, whilst still remaining in their own homes they either sit in their gardens when the weather permits, or otherwise inside, or have a cuppa and a slice of cake. They use Families Worldwide to pray for members and then pray for each other. The cost of tea and cake they save in a jar, and will be donated to MU when this pan endemic is over. It isn’t the same as meeting in person, but it is meeting together, something to think about? – “together in our worship and fellowship even when apart.”
Let me leave you with these words, taken from a poem called ‘God Knows’ – more popularly known as ‘The Gate of the Year’ - by Minnie Louise Haskins; words widely acclaimed when used by King George VI as the closing lines of his Christmas message in 1939 as the dark clouds of war were forming:
“I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied: “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
That seems to me to be a pretty good message for us today; and I pray that His Almighty hand will indeed guide and uphold us all as we move forward into our uncertain but ultimately victorious future.
Karen Hill Chichester Mothers’ Union Diocesan President