A Baptism Gives Birth To Malaga’s Mothers’ Union

“It all began with a Baptism last February of one of the children  from one of the Nigerian families in our congregation” says John-Henry Bowden, Priest-in-Charge of St George’s, Malaga. “Little Chiedu's mother, Antonia, asked me whether we had a branch of the MU she could join?

That inspired the church to contact Barbara Woods, Diocesan Secretary for the Mothers’ Union and Carol Johnstone from the neighbouring Nerja branch in Southern Spain.

John-Henry then spotted that Mothering Sunday was just a few weeks away and remembered from his previous chaplaincy the great rejoicings and feastings on Mothering Sunday that the Padova MU Branch always has.

He says “Padova members coincidentally were nearly all Nigerian, too. So on the strength of Antonia's enquiry we held an exploratory meeting the week before and 3 Mums turned up. They chose a temporary Leader to lead their responses in the Service to Inaugurate a New Branch. So we took the plunge and included that Service within the main Sunday Eucharist on Mothering Sunday, and lo and behold! FIVE mums came forward!"

They held their first meeting shortly afterwards and elected another Antonia, Antonia Arinzechi, to be their leader, and also the other officers they need, They've had two meetings since on Sundays after church, and next they plan their first activity - a Stall at our Church Spring Fair, to sell home-made Nigerian spicy foods.

John Henry adds; “They were a whole new sign of New Life in our Church, like the beautiful flowers we gave out that day, and a lot more lively and permanent!"