A new banner for our new Diocesan Mothers' Union will be unveiled in a special Lady Day service in Bradford Cathedral on Saturday 25 March.
It’s been two years in the design and making, but on Saturday 25 March, the newest diocesan Mothers’ Union of the newest Church of England Diocese will be dedicated by its Diocesan Bishop, the Rt Revd Nick Baines.
The banner, currently housed in Wakefield Cathedral, will then remain in Bradford Cathedral for one year before moving to Ripon Cathedral in 2018 as part of its journey around the new diocese.
Designed by Juliet Hemingray, of Church Textiles in Derby, the banner has gold thread running through a triple cross to mark the coming together of the three historic dioceses of Wakefield, Bradford and Ripon and Leeds into the new Diocese of Leeds. It incorporates the traditional Mothers’ Union colours and reflects the five Episcopal areas of the new diocese while its background echoes the diocesan copes of the six bishops.
It is scattered with gems representing the hidden jewels of the MU’s work: holidays for families in need, work in prisons and universities, support in hospitals and women’s refuge centres and work with young families’ groups. And it is embroidered with the three words: Praying, Enabling and Campaigning; the Diocesan Coat of Arms, an early Christian monogram and the white rose of Yorkshire.
Wakefield Area MU member, Sheila Crosby, proudly shows off the new banner in Wakefield Cathedral
The reverse side of the banner lists the names of the five Episcopal Areas.
The first new Diocesan President, Jean Thurman said: “We are very excited about this, it has been a time of reflection and prayerfulness as we have thought long and hard about who we are and everything that we offer.
“The banner is a reminder of what members seek to achieve. It is a banner for our time.”
At the service on Lady Day, a traditional time in the year when MU members worldwide come together – and poignantly this year on the eve of Mothering Sunday, the banner will be blessed by Bishop Nick, and the Diocesan Mothers’ Union chaplain, the Ven Peter Townley will preach.
Saturday March 25th