Over 1,000 Mothers’ Union members filled the National Concert Hall in Dublin with songs of praise at the MU Big Sing on Saturday afternoon (September 9). This year Mothers’ Union in Ireland is celebrating the 130th anniversary of its foundation in Ireland. The Big Sing was the pinnacle of these celebrations drawing members from across the country.
MU members in branches all over Ireland voted for their favourite hymn and The Big Sing featured the top 10 hymns from this poll.
The concert was conducted by Mark Armstrong, Director of the Defence Forces School of Music, and the organist was Peter Barley of St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick. Renowned harpist Anne Marie O’Farrell also performed during the afternoon.
Compere for the event was Bishop Ken Clarke, a former Central Chaplain for Mothers’ Union while a choir made up of members from many dioceses led the wonderful singing.
Special invited guests included Lynne Tembey, Worldwide President of Mothers’ Union and her husband, Revd David Tembey.
Following a welcome by Dublin & Glendalough diocesan president, Karen Nelson, All Ireland president, Phyllis Grothier said the afternoon marked the culmination of a year of celebration of 13 decades of love and service by Mothers’ Union in Ireland. She thanked all who had helped to organise the event and all the celebrations during 2017.
During the afternoon the audience heard the story of the Mothers’ Union Wave of Prayer, the Mothers’ Union Centenary Fund and heard from Bishops’ Appeal.
There are almost 7,000 members of Mothers’ Union in Ireland who are part of a worldwide organisation of over four million members in 83 countries.
The Mothers’ Union – vision, mission, values, aims & objectives
Our vision is of a world where God’s love is shown through loving, respectful and flourishing relationships. This is not a vague hope, but a goal we actively pursue by praying, campaigning and enabling. Discover how in Our Focus.
We aim to show our Christian faith by the transformation of communities worldwide. We can do this through the promotion of stable marriage, family life and the protection of children. This is our mission. It is what we aim to achieve.
There are more than four million members of Mothers’ Union today in 83 countries around the world. Each member subscribes to the same values; the moral and ethical codes that are central to the ways in which we operate.
Firstly, we are firmly rooted in a voluntary ethos centred on mutual respect and collaboration.
Secondly, our governance, leadership, and programmes are driven by and undertaken through members within their own communities worldwide.
Thirdly, we work with people of all faiths and none.
Our aims and objectives are:
To promote and support married life
To encourage parents in their role to develop the faith of their children
To maintain a worldwide fellowship of Christians united in prayer, worship and service
To promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life and the protection of children
To help those whose family life has met with adversity
Our members are not all mothers, or even all women. They are single, married, parents, grandparents, or young adults just beginning to express their social conscience. Mothers’ Union provides, for all four million members, a network through which they can serve Christ in their own community – through prayer, financial support and actively working at the grassroots level in programmes that meet local needs.
To find out more, click on the link below to watch a short video.
It features our own enrolling member, Clare Stewart!
St Finnian’s Mothers’ Union meets on the 1st Thursday in each month. All welcome.