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100th Anniversary of Mothering Sunday

From the Church of England Wesbsite

One hundred years after the campaign to re-establish Mothering Sunday was launched at Coddington in Nottinghamshire, the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, the Rt Revd Paul Butler, is calling for a celebration of thanksgiving for mothers and motherhood to mark the centenary.

Bishop Paul Butler said: "This diocese has a special connection with Mothering Sunday, going back to the initiative of Constance Penswick-Smith from one of our parishes who put the day on the national agenda again. Mothering is something we all need at times although it's something we can take for granted. This year I'm especially aware of all those children and young people who don't have mothers or even fathers and are without the care and love of a family. In Southwell and Nottingham we're asking parishes to focus on the work of Family Care – our local adoption and family support agency that gives practical help to children and young people. This special Mothering Sunday is an opportunity to think and pray for mothers and pray about how we can be a 'mother' to someone who desperately needs care and love."

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