St Christopher’s Anglican Church Women Celebrate “Mothering Sunday”
As a prelude to yet another International Women’s Day, which kicks off this Tuesday, the good women of St Christopher’s Anglican Church, Kaduna, had greeted the grand occasion with their Mothering Sunday Celebration on 6th March 2016. Conscience Triumph files in a summary of the Sunday celebration. EXCERPTS posted by Joseph Chagu.
Aim of Mothers’ Union & Women’s Guild
THE MOTHERS’ UNION AIM
It is a worldwide society whose aim is the advancement of the Christian Religion in the sphere of marriage and family life.
OBJECTIVES – To uphold Christ’s teaching on the nature of marriage and to promote its wider understanding. To encourage parents to bring up children in the faith and life of the church. To maintain a worldwide fellowship of Christians united in prayer, worship and service. To promote conditions in society favorable to stable family life and the protection of children. To help those whose family lives have met with adversity.
PROMISES – That, I will uphold marriage as a holy and lifelong relationship, by example and witness. That, as my children are made members of Christ in Holy Baptism, I will teach and train them as members of his church, and I will help other members to do the same. That, I will be faithful in prayer, Bible reading and Sunday worship, and will receive the Holy Communion regularly. “I can do all things through CHRIST, which strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
THE MOTHERS’ UNION PRAYER – (Unites all mothers’ union members through the world in a very real fellowship) Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who gave marriage to be source of blessing to mankind, we thank you for the joy of family life. Pour out upon us your holy spirit that we may truly love and serve you. Bless all who are married and every parent and child. May we know your presence and peace in our homes; fill them with your love and use them for your glory. Bless the members of the Mothers’ Union throughout the world; unite us in prayer and worship, in love and service that, strengthened by grace, we may seek to do your will, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
WOMEN’S GUILD AIM – To promote understanding of the Christians’ principles of marriage, the home and family life. To deepen the faith and practice of members, and to build up in each parish and district a group of women who will witness for Christ and His Church.
- To attend Church Service each week, (especially Holy Communion, if confirmed).
- To pray every day.
- To read the Bible daily and learn a verse each week.
- To be regular at Guild and Class meetings.
- To keep marriage vows, and bring up all children in the Christian way by teaching them to pray and take their place in the worshiping life of the church.
- To try to bring others to Christ by an example of devotion and service. Individual members might find it possible to be of help to the community by:
- Visiting the sick and aged in their homes;
- Reading the Bible to those who cannot read;
- Assisting backward women to learn the Christian way of life.
- Learn First-Aid and child care so that help may be given to neighbours.
- Set example in the ordering of home and family life by keeping home and compound neat and clean and taking interest in the education of children.
- Help with Sunday school, Girl Guide or youth work.
Below is Speech by President of the Mothers’ Union & Women’s Guild at the Mothers’ Day event on Sunday:
“Glory and honour be to our Redeemer, Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
I want to congratulate all mothers today and all the girls, i.e., mothers of tomorrow. It is indeed another year for mothers to be remembered worldwide; I pray that the joy of motherhood and this celebration will not be cut short even as we celebrate the 2016 mothers’ day, in Jesus, Name.
Remember, that as mothers we have a lot of responsibilities towards our husbands, children, and the societies where we live, the church, always as the women body (Mothers’ Union/Women’s Guild) here in St. Christopher’s deanery and the Diocese, etc. I challenge us this year to make sure we put smiles into people’s lives and we will see what our God will do for us.
Our theme for this year, “I Am Persuaded,” is calling our attention to the fact that, no matter the situation/circumstances around us, we must not deviate from the love of Jesus Christ, which He showed by dying on the Cross of Calvary on our behalf to set us free from sin. Will you decide that, this year?
Will I be an instrument that others will come to learn from? Please, think about this and God will bless you.
To our fathers and husbands, we want to really thank you for always being there for us; loving, caring, supporting and bearing all our burdens. May God bless and reward you.
I urge all to support the work of women by having at least one copy of the magazine, and the Lord will bless you.”
Mrs. Rahila Mallam