Mother’s Union 

It can be confirmed that the inauguration of the Mother’s Union of St.Peter’s Church Koralawella was the union named after Blessed Virgin Mary in 1930. Mothers’ Union was initiallymother-photo inaugurated by Mary Sumner of England on 7th June 1876 . It later spread throughout the world and the Mothers’ Union of St.Peter’s Church Koralawella was made a branch of Colombo Diocese on 2nd July 1951. Rev. Neville Fernando who was the Incumbent of the Parish was mainly responsible for its initialization. It is mentioned that the inaugural Union had 8 members and Ms. Lydia Fernando was the first enrolling member. Ms. Enid De’Mel & Ms. Adlyn Soysa were appointed as Secretary & Treasurer respectively.

The Mother’s Union functions with one Aim and five Objects in mind. Any female who has been baptized in the name of the Holy Trinity and declare their support for the aims and objects can obtain membership.

AIM of the Union is the advancement of the Christian religion in the sphere of marriage and family life, and aim to carry out all or any of the following objectives.

 

OBJECTIVES of the Union are as follows.

 

  1. Uphold Christ’s teaching as per the Aim.
  2. Encourage parents to bring up their children in the faith and life of Christ.
  3. Maintain a fellowship of Christians united in prayer, worship and service.
  4. Promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life and protection of children.
  5. Help those whose family life has met with adversity.

The Bishops of the Dioceses of Colombo & Kurunegala are ex – officio Patrons. All matters are conducted according to the administration of the Executive Committee of the Mothers’ Union. Our Enrolling Members have been appointed to this Committee. The constitution which was in English was first translated to Sinhalese on the request made by one of our enrolling members.

The Mothers’ Union always has taken a leading part in all matters related to the church and has partaken in conducting of 4th Sunday’s Communion Service. The members of the Mothers’ Union have been visiting the sick of the area, offering prayers, conducting prayer meetings and observing silent prayer times in church & homes of its members and have helped lavishly during Festival times.

In the recent past arrangements were made to conduct English classes for young & old through an eminent English teacher, and was able to conduct it for a long period. We were also able to arrange constructive programs for women and conduct health camps. In the beginning a booklet named ‘Maatha’ (Mother) was published by later prayer and us leaflets were distributed as encouragement to pray continuously.

A feature of our union is that the elected Working Committee continues to be in office for a period of 3 years. Though the committee continues for 3 years as per agreement, the Annual General Meeting is held yearly.The three year arrangement is for them to organize matters constructively and for the younger members to gain experience to conduct matters with least amount of mistakes. Members also have to attend leadership programs from time to time.

The main feature of our Union is that we are a unit from various levels and ages who work together by helping each other and provide services on a common cause.

 

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