Perth Mothers’ Union
Christine Brain, Communication Officer, MU Perth
Perth was the first stop on the recent visit to Australia by the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend Justin Welby, and his wife, Caroline. MU members from across the city were joined by clergy spouses to welcome Mrs Welby at Holy Trinity, Malaga, home of the Sudanese worshipping community in Perth. Our hosts welcomed everyone with vibrant music and heart-felt praise before Mrs Welby spoke on some of the important things God has taught her over the past 10 years.
Mrs Welby then presented a very surprised Lois McGrath with a Life Membership badge and certificate in recognition of her many years of faithful, committed and energetic service to MU in Perth and Australia. A well-deserved accolade!
We are thrilled that we were recently able to re-hang the original Mothers’ Union banner in St George’s Cathedral. When it was originally hung in the cathedral in 1932 it was an event of some significance, with reports in the newspapers of the day.
That banner was used from 1932, including a few trips across Australia, until the late 1990s when it became too fragile to continue being used.
As we began to think about our 125th anniversary in 2023 it was decided to try again to have the banner hung in the cathedral. Approaches were made to the Dean and the Cathedral Chapter, a new framer was found to re- frame it, and many prayers were said. Finally, we were given the go-ahead and a suitable place was found where the banner could be hung.
Mary Sumner Day, 9 August, was chosen as the perfect opportunity to unveil our banner. A wonderful service was held at the cathedral and members were thrilled to see the result of all of our labours. Lois McGrath (Diocesan Secretary) was given the privilege of unveiling the banner.
We are excited that, not only has the banner returned to its original home, but that it is hanging in a perfect position to continue to be a witness to the work of Mothers’ Union over the last 125 years.
When you next visit St George’s Cathedral, make sure you take a look at the restored banner.