The Armidale Diocese spreads roughly 180,000 sq.kms across the tablelands, slopes and plains of northern NSW, the traditional lands of the Ngarabal, Gumbainggir, Nganyaywana, Kamilaroi and Dainggatti. Many live in remote areas, small towns and localities, and the major centres are Armidale, Glen Innes, Gunnedah, Inverell, Moree, Narrabri and Tamworth. The region boasts major industries such as agriculture – crops and stock; mining; research; education; tourism and transport.
The stated aim of the Anglican Diocese is to introduce all people to Jesus and to help them home to heaven – Colossians 1:28. To this end, MU in Armidale seeks to support and work with local Anglican churches in providing resources for strengthening marriages and family life, using God's word as the framework for what we do.
There are two MU branches, one in Armidale and one in Inverell who meet monthly for prayer, encouragement from God's word and fellowship. These groups connect with and serve their local communities in various ways: MU Grandmas in Inverell serve in the church playgroup activities and MU in Armidale provides baby baskets to new mums. In both groups, members purchase and donate Christian books and care packages to local families and children.
MU members and non-members across the Diocese benefit from the ministry of the MiaMia magazine, online resources through the DAWN Facebook page and seminars pertaining to marriage and family life. We hold events in the Diocese geared toward community members generally with the theme of strengthening marriages one year and equipping families the next.
We're especially thankful to MU Sydney for sharing their resources and people!
We feel privileged to pray for our MU sisters around the world generally with the Wave of Prayer and to pray for our sisters in specific places with which we have ongoing connections. It's so good to be a small part of the Kingdom work across the world sharing Christ's love by encouraging, strengthening and supporting marriage and family life to His glory!