We have a Mothers' Union branch at St James'.

Come along to one of our meetings or contact us, and see how we support
family life with its joys and difficulties, 
you can either be
a parent or not
married or not
grandparent's or not
male or femal

 MU Programme information for 2018

The Daytime Group meet on the 1st Monday of the month at 13.45
in the Langley Room in the Church Centre.

Tuesday 8th May - Outing to be confirmed

June 4th Emili Lowery - Children's and Families Missioner 

July 2nd Carolyn Cornfield - Healing & Wholeness in all their truth

August 18th Craft & Gift Fair fundraiser 10am - 2pm in the Church Centre

Sept 3rd To be confirmed

Oct 1st Eureka Drayton - Prayer ministry of the MU

Nov 5th Jackie Brocklebank - Diocesan President - Discussion

Dec 3rd Carols, Readings & Mince pies (£2.00 Secret Santa) 

The Evening Group meet, on the 2nd Monday of each month, at 8pm
in the Roughley Suite, in the Church Centre.

Tuesday 8th May - Outing to be confirmed

May 14th Rita/Hazel - Activity & discussion

 June 11th Ros McCarthy - Leprosy Mission

August 18th Craft & Gift Fair fundraiser 10am - 2pm in Church Centre

Sept 10th Tina/Sue Cutler - Activity & discussion

Oct 8th Lorraine Davis - Waitrose & food waste

Oct 29th Planning meeting for 2019 7.30pm at Brenda's house

Nov 12th Jackie Brocklebank Diocesan President - Discussion

Dec 10th Carols, Readings and Mince pies - venue to be confirmed   

Full programme for 2018 is on the Notice Board in Church.

Click link below for the full programme 

http://www.stjameshill.org/Programme 2018.pdf 

Branch report

MU Group Report for April 2018

MU - A lifetimes work

Held a week later than normal due to Easter Monday falling on the first Monday of the month we were treated to a talk from Lin Jenks on the subject of ‘Knitting Birmingham’. Unsure of what this would be we were amazed and fascinated by Lin’s story of how she began to represent one of the iconic buildings the blue tower on Holloway Circus Birmingham by knitting it to scale and then how she had knitted a whole lot more famous buildings to the same scale including the Town Hall, the new Library and the Selfridges Building and how this all related to her work with the Trefoil Guild. What a talented lady and what an excellent speaker.

The evening group had a most interesting talk from Hamlin Fistula UK. They fundraise and support several health facilities in Ethiopia that treat young girls & women who have suffered an obstetric fistula during childbirth, which results from unsupervised deliveries and prolonged labours, usually resulting in the baby being stillborn. Their founders Drs Reg & Catherine Hamlin set up a hospital 50 years ago and have made it their life’s work to treat this distressing condition. Over the years the number of girls suffering this condition has reduced due to the work carried out by this charity. We thank Brenda for organising this, as it opened our eyes to the suffering of women during childbirth, in other countries.

A reminder that the MU fundraiser on 19th May at St Laurence church has been cancelled, due to the Royal wedding. However, the Summer Lunch fundraiser on 28th July, at All Saints, Four Oaks will go ahead. Tickets are £10 for a 3-course meal & entertainment. If you have a speciality pudding dish you would like to make, as a contribution to the day please let Tina know.

Our own branch fundraiser is a Craft & Gift Fair on 18th August and we need donation of prizes for the Tombola please. Bring them to MU meetings or give them to Gini or Tina in church.

St James' MU next meetings are:

Wed 18th April10.30 Corporate Communion Church

Visitors are most welcome to come along to the meetings which are held at St. James' Church Centre at 13.45 on the first Monday of the month and the second Monday of the month at 20.00 usually in the Roughley Suite, St. James' Centre.

For more information please ring Gini Ursell on 308 1725.

The proposed MU outing to Leicester on Tuesday 8th May is not yet a certainty as far fewer than expected people have signed up for it. On current numbers the price will rise to £15pp and some people may decide to opt out. (Names on the list should be crossed out if you are not interested at the new price, ticked if you are still happy to go). A decision to proceed will be taken after the morning service on the 4th April. If you are interested in going and have not previously signed up please ring me urgently on 0121 240 0321. or email me lynn.penny@blueyonder.co.uk.

Everyone is welcome, from anywhere, not just members of Mothers' Union.

                                             Diocese Newsletter - please click on link below

http://www.stjameshill.org/MUNewsletterApril2018 .pdf 


Knit & Natter

If you like knitting and enjoy a natter. Mothers' Union Outreach would like to invite you to attend a once a month knitters get together to make premature baby garments, Twiddle Mufflers, incubator blankets, etc. for the Birmingham Maternity Hospitals and Residential homes.

Venue: The Foyer, St. James Church Centre.

Time: 11am

 Date: the next meetings in 2018 are on Tuesday
24th April
22nd May
26th June
24th July
No August meeting
25th September
23rd October

For details contact: Brenda Daish on 0121 308 1598
(Patterns & wool provided)


 Busy Hands Quilters - a MU project

Meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month 
at 2pm in the Roughley Suite at the Church Centre
Fabrics provided.

Making fiddle/activity quilts, to be given to Good Hope Hospital, for those living with Dementia.

 If you enjoy sewing and would like to be involved in this group
give Gwen a ring.
Materials will be provided, however, you will work at home
and at your own pace. Open to everyone, not just MU members.
Contact Gwen for more details 0121 308 6691



Mother's Union has a growing membership of 4 million Women & men,
in over 80 countries worldwide. Working together to support families.

St James, Hill  Mother's Union are a friendly group of ladies and men
and are involved in the following projects: 

  • Worldwide projects - overseas development, provide networks to support
    and empower women to tackle their family poverty
  • Baby projects - knitting blankets, cribs and garments for premature babies
  • Assist Midwives- with knitted breasts
  • Knit teddies to send to children in need of comfort
  • Campaigning for justice - we campaign locally, nationally and internationally
    for social justice
  • Helping to support the vulnerable and marginalise -
    supplying clothes, food and household goods
  • Parenting Groups -Birmingham MU has volunteer parenting facilitators,
    trained to national standards
  • Women's Aid projects
  • Prison projects - MU volunteers work in Birmingham Prison and Swinfen Hall Young Offenders Institute providing crèches to help visiting families
  • Holidays 'Away from it all' - we help fund holidays or away days for lone parents, those living in refuges and inner city holiday clubs.

    MU Breakfast Feb 2018

Wave of Prayer 2018


MU Long service awards July 2017




MU Summer Outing July 2017

Photos from June 2015

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                                                  Wave of Prayer 2017

Contact details Gini Ursell 0121 308 1725