The Pastoral Care Team
Emmaus is one of the groups at St Mary’s where the living heart of the gospel beats strongly. We meet in the Octagon on Monday nights about once a month (more details from Father Robert on 01245 359138).
Being a disciple of Jesus Christ involves obedience to God’s word spoken to us personally in the Bible. However, as church and society drift in different directions in the 21st century, more and more people find much of the Bible puzzling. At Emmaus we take on the challenge of trying to make sense of the Bible for everyone, whatever their ability.
Our aim is to give to everyone their birth right, the knowledge of the living God, and joy and freedom in obedience to the Spirit, as we negotiate the complexities of our age.
However, we also invite people to bring their doubts and unbelief to the sessions. Our aim is to treat everyone by the highest standards of respect and love.
The Mothers' Union
Did You Know?: The Mothers' Union
The Mothers’ Union was founded by Mary Sumner in 1876. She was inspired to do this when her daughter, Margaret, herself became a mother, believing that mothers needed a support mechanism in order to avoid feelings of inadequacy. More importantly, she believed that mothers needed support to bring their children up within the love of God.
In 1896, the organisation had grown sufficiently large that a central council was set up with a constitution and a national union. Mary Sumner was the first president. The Mothers’ Union spread rapidly around the British Empire and by 1900 had 170,000 members.
The Mothers’ Union now has 3.6 million members worldwide, all of who continue the work of supporting mothers within the love of God. With so much poverty, strife and hardship around the world, this work is as important now as it was in 1876.
The Mothers’ Union is based at Mary Sumner House in Westminster. Visit www.themothersunion.org for more information.