Mothers’ Union Commissioning Service

20 January 2022

Wakefield Cathedral are delighted to be hosting this year’s Mothers’ Union Commissioning Service led by the Rt Revd Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds.

Held every three years, the 2022 service will take place on Saturday 22 January from 14:00, welcoming trustees and officers of the Mothers’ Union who are being commissioned to serve for the next three years, alongside the commissioning of the new Mothers’ Union President for the Diocese of Leeds – Elaine Swinhoe.

Elaine joined the Mothers’ Union in 1988, becoming a branch leader in 2011 and Huddersfield Area President in 2015.

Speaking to the Diocese of Leeds last year, Elaine said: “I face the prospect of being Diocesan President with some trepidation, but I take this step in faith, trusting that God will guide and help me by his Spirit.

“I also know that I will have the support of Trustees, Chaplains, Team Leaders, Branch Leaders and members as we together seek to help families here and across the world through prayer and action.”

On the upcoming service, Elaine added: “I am looking forward with anticipation to the Mothers’ Union Commissioning Service, to taking up my role as Diocesan President and to working together with a new Trustee Board to address the Mothers’ Union theme for 2022: Transformation-Now.

“A new triennium brings new challenges and opportunities which, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we will embrace.”

On hosting the service, Dean Simon added: “We are delighted to be hosting this special service. The work of the Mothers’ Union across the Diocese of Leeds is vital in supporting and sustaining families of all shapes and sizes, and their campaigning work ensures our continuing awareness of the needs of the most vulnerable in our society.

“We offer our prayers to Elaine as she undertakes this significant role.”

The service is open for all to attend but is expected to be busy so early arrival is recommended to avoid disappointment.

To find out more about the Mothers’ Union visit the Mothers’ Union website.

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