2015 Prayer Walk

Macclesfield: One of our former Diocesan Chaplain's Revd Michael Burgess led the Macclesfield ArchDeaconry walk
Chester: Following a Communion Service in Chester Cathedral Lady Chapel, our Diocesan Chaplain Revd Chris Humphries led us on a walk through Chester on a beautiful day. We stopped for Prayer in 4 places.


2014 Prayer Walks

The first prayer walk was on 3rd June at St Oswald's Church, Malpas. We were welcomed by the Revd. Canon Ian Davenport, who conducted a short communion service for us before we began and gave a brief talk on the history and background of the church. The walk included two or three stops for reflection on the environment and scenery around us. One such stop is shown in the photograph where we could sit under a large old tree and look for miles across the farm fields. We finished with lunch and refreshments at the Church Hall organised by the local branch members and thank them very much
The second prayer walk on 5th June was at St Martin's Lower Marple. A welcome was given by Father Ed McKenna and his wife Moira Branch Leader. We walked along the canal passing several locks which are now an important attraction for local tourism. On our return Father Ed gave us a talk on the church and an insight into its history and why it was called lower Marple.


2012 Mothers' Union Retreat

Pictured are members at the Diocesan Retreat at Foxhill, which was led by James, our Chaplain as Revd. Janet Fletcher had a sudden family bereavement. The theme was 'Pray Away'. James introduced us to various ways of praying. Our time spent in the Chapel was very special, as were our quiet times but we also enjoyed fellowship with each other as Mothers' Union members always do A member wrote 'We all enjoyed our time at Foxhill and we look forward to next year, and in the mean time we will put into practice everything James said about finding time in our busy lives to pray.'



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The Chester Diocesan Prayer Chain

In April 1921 members of the Mothers' Union were asked to pray daily, at midday, a simple prayer, filling in from a calendar the name of a country and diocese where the Mothers' Union was at work. For over 80 years this Wave of Prayer has swept on continuously throughout the organisation enabling close links to be maintained between members in different parts of the World.

The Chester Diocese has particular links with the Diocese of:

  • Grahamstown in South Africa
  • Masasi in Tanzania
  • Afikpo in Nigeria
  • Wiawso in Ghana
  • Northern Argentina in Argentina

We pray for and correspond with these Dioceses on a regular basis and many friendships have been formed.

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The Mothers' Union Prayer

Loving Lord
We thank you for your love so freely given to us all.
We pray for families around the world.
Bless the work of the Mothers' Union
as we seek to share your love
through the encouragement, strengthening
and support of marriage and family life.
Empowered by your Spirit,
may we be united in prayer and worship,
and in love and service reach out
as your hands across the world.
In Jesus' name.
Amen

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Mary Sumner's Prayer

All this day, O Lord,
let me touch as many lives as possible for thee;
and every life I touch, do thou by thy spirit quicken,
whether through the word I speak,
the prayer I breathe,
or the life I live.
Amen

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Midday Prayers

There are downloadable prayer sheets for the monthly Midday Prayers, which are regularly updated.

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Seasonal prayers

There is a season for everything, a time for every occupation under heaven... Ecclesiastes 3:1

This is a link to the Mothers Union Seasonal Prayer Page. Here you will find the MU calendar of the Christian seasons and feast days as well as important international dates to remember across the world. Look out for new prayers and reflections to mark specific occasions so that you can join in with our Christian journey throughout the year.

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More inrfomation about prayer can be found on the MSH Prayer page

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