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Mother’s Union meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 1.30pm in the Gathering area at Christ Church Drouin or at venues as determined each month. New members always welcomed
JOYFUL GATHERING AT DROUIN-VICTORIAN MU STATE MEETING May 2019
Over 75 Mother’s Union members from right across the five Dioceses of Victoria gathered at Christ Church in Drouin on Wednesday, 1 May. Representatives came from the Dioceses of Melbourne, Ballarat, Bendigo,
Gippsland and Wangaratta. It was great that it could be held in a country region, not just a capital city. The Theme for the state gathering was Listen, Observe, Act – in step with God. The purpose of the get together was to refresh and renew the identity of Mother’s Union and to focus on our mission for the future. The session were based on MULOA which stands for Mother’s Union Listening, Observing, Acting and is the name the AMUA are using to explore the essence of what it is to be Mother’s Union. The Reverend Doctor Dean Spalding, Drouin parish Rector welcomed everyone to Christ Church hall for this special state meeting and he was followed by the Bishop of Gippsland, The Right Reverend Dr Richard Treloar who gave a short prayer and led the members alongside Jenny McRobb and Ethel Armstrong with the singing of the hymn Speak O Lord as we come to You. He followed this up with a short address on the theme for the day.
Reverend Tracy Lauersen from Warragul parish led the thought provoking session on the theme. She led a group activity based on real life scenarios of people in need. Each table discussed the stories, and various relevant questions that could relate how MU could assist such people in similar situations. Revere3nd Tracy ended by saying “Where is MU focussed? Wherever is it MU should do it with prayer. The Provincial President of Anglican Mothers Union Australia, Reverend Dr Anne Kennedy gave the
midday prayers and this was followed up by a lively group photo time of which I was in control of the camera. After a delicious finger food lunch the members regained their seats and a representative from each table gave
a variety of feedback, thoughts, ideas and plans that could be taken up in the future. Bev Cottell from the Melbourne Diocese committee was the scribe for the day, and she gave a comprehensive summary of the activity session and the feelings, thoughts, suggestions and prayers given by
all in attendance. One thing that really impressed me was a few times through the day, a complete silence filled the room. It was lovely, nearly spiritual (and amazing for more then 70 women in one room to be quiet) as it showed the attendees had Listened to the subjects based on the theme of the day. Thank you to all of the members on the planning committee and Drouin parish folk for their logistics and colourful table settings and sweet treats to help with the MULOA theme process;, Thanks also for the delicious lunch and food for the teas. And to all those folk who supported the state MU event from across Victoria for this special day.
DIANE GRANT- Mia Mia MU publication Winter 2019 pg 20