The Revd Jeanette Hamer is to be Diocesan President of The Mothers’ Union for the Triennium January 2022 – December 2024.
Revd Jeanette’s appointment was announced at the Founder’s Day Service on Monday 09 August, held, appropriately, at Kirk Michael, where Jeanette is Incumbent.
Bishop Peter comments: ‘The Mothers’ Union has always been a major contributor to the spiritual life of our Diocese, celebrating the relationships of love and community which are foundational to the Christian way. In welcoming Jeanette to the role of Diocesan President, I look forward to the commitment that Jeanette will bring, and I am deeply appreciative of the personal qualities and gifts that will characterise her leadership. I also pay tribute to Gail, who steps down at the end of this Triennium having given so much support and inspirational care to the MU and its branches and members through this most challenging of times.’
The Revd Jeanette Hamer says:
The Mothers’ Union is an important part of my life. Its foundations on Christian values and visible witness of a loving God through its work with families across the world make it a valuable resource locally and further afield. This is particularly true in these current times, as families and communities recover from this global pandemic. There is still much work for us to do.
Mary Sumner started MU to provide a forum in which Mothers could unite, working together in faith and sharing Christian principles. This has not changed, except maybe widening our base to include Fathers too.
We remember this year that it is 100 years since the death of Mary Sumner and I am honoured to have been asked to be the President of the Isle of Man Mothers’ Union from January 2022. Having been a Branch leader in Kirk Michael in the past, I feel that I can now take this step on behalf of all our members. We are now moving on and ‘the banner’ is passed to new hands; with thanks to Gail for her service and with Mary Sumner’s personal prayer on our lips.
‘All this day Lord, let me touch as many lives as possible for thee; and every life I touch do thou by thy Spirit quicken, whether by the word I speak, the prayer I breathe or the life I live. Amen’