Around 30 branches of the Mothers' Union from across Worcestershire and Dudley came
together on Saturday to celebrate the Work of the Mothers' Union at the annual diocesan
festival at Worcester Cathedral.
The theme of the service was 'following in Mary Sumner's footprints' and was led by
Bishop John with the girl choristers of the cathedral choir singing.
The service was the last festival for outgoing Diocesan President Liz Green,
who has served in the role for the past six years.
Mothers' Union members were joined by the Mayor of Worcester and also
the MU's President for the Canterbury Province, Nikki Sweatman.
In his address, Bishop John said: "You don't a have to look to far to see the great Work of
the Mothers' Union. It's inspirational.
There are thousands of Women following in the footsteps of founder Mary
However we can only be good disciples of Jesus and do good works for God if
we are first good followers.
Jesus calls us to receive God's love in the way a child
receives the love of a parent and then go out and share that love - reaching out to others
as MarySumner did".
Each of the branches of the MU based around the
diocese brought their church banner to parade at the start and end of the service.
Aterwards, tea and cake was served, including a special cake baked to thank Liz for her time as President.