Recent News
All Saints' MU Branch go to Specsavers

All Saints’ Parish Church, Antrim, Mothers’ Union has recently turned its focus to glasses, collecting over 100 pairs to donate to Vision Aid Overseas through Specsavers.

A word from the store director: Davin Quinn, Antrim store director, explains: ‘Specsavers has worked with Vision Aid Overseas for many years to increase eye care services across Zambia. The second-hand glasses which are donated are recycled by the charity and the income generated goes directly to establishing vision centres and training local eye care workers. 'We are very grateful to the ladies from All Saints’ Mothers’ Union who have made a fantastic effort in collecting so many frames for the cause.’

Mum's in May Event - Mad Hatters Tea Party

All Saints' Parish Church, Antrim, Mothers' Union held a Mad Hatters Tea Party for their Mums in May project. This turned out to be a lovely fun evening for all the family.

The hall was very tastefully decorated by Noreen Hurst with the help of her husband William and The Rev Aaron and Melanie McAlister, the tables were also set to fit the Occasion. Mother's Union members prepared a delicious supper which was enjoyed by everyone.

The Children enjoyed the film "Cat in Hat", while the adults enjoyed some entertainment with Dr Brian Ford, which included a sketch entitled Poor Willie John, a game of Mr and Mrs with Lara Burton Ford. The evening finished with a sing along with Archdeacon Stephen McBride. A great evening was had by all!

More photographs are available in our Events & Gallery section.

Holy Knitters!

All Saints' Parish Church, Antrim Mothers' Union Branch started a Holey Knitters Club on Monday evenings and after 6 weeks hard work these are some of the items ready for delivery to the Neonatal Unit and Children's Ward at Antrim Area Hospital. They have also been working on Fiddle Blankets for Dementia Patients for one of their local nursing homes.

Why not visit our Gallery in the Events & Gallery section for more photos!

Mary Sumner Day Celebration

Mary Sumner’s Day in Craig's Parish Church, Thursday 9th August Emma and l set off to find Craig’s church. It was a lovely summer evening, we arrived in good time to find a beautiful church in an equally beautiful setting. The service was to celebrate Mary Sumner Day, the Faith & Policy Unit pulled the whole thing together. It was a lovely service. Rev’d Adrian Halligan, the Curate in Charge, gave us a very thought-provoking sermon about Mary and all her work, which was not without many struggles. He finished by introducing MULOA principals (listening, observing, acting).

As the collection was taken up some of our ladies brought up a trauma teddy, a MULOA booklet, a ribbon for 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, a Mary Sumner booklet (that was really touching). We finished with Holy Communion.
The large crowd then retired to the church hall to be served a lovely supper; worries were soon forgotten as to would we have enough!

Thanks to Joyce, Cathy, the lovely tea ladies and of course Rev’d Adrian and Wendy Halligan.

God Bless,
Lynne Coleman

New Connor Diocesan President Announced

Huge congratulations to Sally Cotter who has been appointed Connor Mothers' Union Diocesan President effective 1 January 2019. We wish Sally God's richest blessing as she prepares for this very important role and assure her of our prayerful and practical support.

Connor Diocesan Mothers' Union Quiet Evening

The guest speaker was the N.I. Representative to the National Committee (UK & N.I) for World Day of Prayer, Louise Bowes. Our theme was "Listening to God" - the first principle of the MULOA process, a conversation for MU members globally. Pictured L-R: Rena Lyndsay (Prayer Rep), Cathy Doig (Social Policy Rep), Louise Bowes - Guest Speaker; Valerie Ash (Diocesan President), Evelyn Lewis (IM Rep), Joyce Bond (Faith & Policy Unit Co-ordinator).

MIM 2018 - Molly Craig's 95th Birthday

Molly Craig, Rosalind Bloomfield's Mum recently celebrated her 95th birthday and to mark the occasion they held a party to which between 60 -70 people were invited to Rosalind's house. The weather was glorious and not only did they celebrate Molly's special birthday but they also raised money for the All Ireland Mums in May triennial fundraising event the money was in lieu of presents. The party raised £675 which has been split between MIM (£500) and a Donkey Sanctuary (£175). Molly really enjoyed her day and along with her daughter and a couple of friends will go to visit the Donkeys in a few weeks.

Mid Connor - MULOA Conversation

The first of the MULOA conversations. Participants were Joyce Bond, Jean Kennedy, Valerie Ash DP, Irene Paget, Cathy Doig, Lyn Cassidy, Patricia McWhirter, Isabel Rodgers, Sally Cotter DP-Elect, Sylvia Beacom.

Belfast Marathon 2018

Mums in May is the All-Ireland Mothers’ Union triennial fundraising event which enables us to reach out to our communities both locally and globally. The Worldwide Project supported by Mums in May this year is a programme in DR Congo which is tackling gender-based violence while each diocese in Ireland will identify local projects to be supported by the fund. This year we have been challenged to take part in sponsored walks, tea parties, a fireside quiz, a novelty tea cosy competition, and write a story about a tea cosy, real or imaginary!

So, on Monday 7 May in glorious sunshine, 5 members of the Mothers’ Union in mid and north Connor undertook an 8-mile walk, while 2 teams from north Connor consisting of not just Mothers’ Union members but also their friends and family, 3 of which were men participated in the team relay walk. Each one was walking “In Mary Sumner’s footsteps”, our 2018 theme and raising money for Mums in May.

The members who completed the 8-mile walk were Caroline Glover, Roslyn Graham, Wendy Halligan, Yvonne Little and Geraldine Ramsey. The relay teams consisted of Kim, Derek, Mark, Karen, Elizabeth, Andi, Derek, Judith and her daughters Hannah and Cerys.

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Belfast Marathon 8-mile walk and the team relay walk, you did the Mothers’ Union proud!

Women's Health & Wellbeing Morning

On a sunny Saturday morning, almost 60 women came together in the Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim, to take time out for themselves and hear from four speakers, three of whom covered mental, physical and spiritual health and the other spoke about Mothers’ Union itself.

The women were drawn from parishes all over Connor Diocese and were a mix of Mothers’ Union members and non-members. Our Diocesan President, Valerie Ash, opened the morning with a Bible reading, prayers and a brief introduction to her role in Mothers’ Union. Alison Skillen, Vice President of Action and Outreach, introduced each of our speakers.

First on the programme was Lynda Bryans, the former radio and television journalist, who spoke about her own mental health journey and how she had found great support not only from her family and friends but also from her faith. She challenged us to ask ourselves: “What do you do on a regular basis to look after your mental health?”

Dr Laura Bunting, a General Practitioner in Broughshane Medical Practice, spoke about the importance of physical health and gave us advice regarding screening, diet and exercise. Despite the seriousness of the topic, Laura brought her own unique humour to the talk, whilst still getting her message across.

Our spiritual health speaker was the Revd Elizabeth Hanna, rector of St Nicholas’ parish in Belfast. Elizabeth spoke about the importance of prayer, reading and service for our spiritual health and also of us looking at “which step have we reached today?” The eight steps ranged from “I won’t do it” to “Yes, I did it!”

The last speaker was Wendy Halligan, Mothers’ Union Young Members’ Representative for Connor Diocese, who spoke about the work of Mothers’ Union and her journey from being a “Reluctant M.U.M.” (Mothers’ Union Member) to the enthusiastic member she is today.

At the end of the morning, each person was given a ‘goodie bag’ containing literature on Mothers’ Union, health screening and some treats. A special thank you to Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council for contributing packets of seeds and literature in connection with their Bee-licious campaign (further details can be found here

Feedback about the morning has been very favourable and Mothers’ Union in Connor has possibly gained a few new members. The event was organised by the Connor Diocesan Young Members’ Committee and was funded by a ‘Mums in May’ grant.

Mid Connor Area Coffee Morning

The Mothers Union members held a coffee morning on Saturday 21st April 2018 in St Patrick’s Church Ballymena. Great fellowship was had by all present on such a lovely spring day. A superb amount of £550.00 was raised that will go toward those requiring financial support from the Mothers Union Relief Fund.

Grateful thanks go to all the branches and the members for all the support given. Especially the members of St Patrick’s Ballymena who hosted
the event.
Irene Paget
Area Chairperson