Revd Dr Matthew Rhodes
As I think about my own Christian journey, I am very aware that I owe a great deal to members of my family who helped to lay the foundations of faith in my life. My paternal grandmother was a “big” Mothers’ Union lady and I am sure that her example and prayers contributed to my father’s calling to priesthood and eventually to my own. While a sense of individual calling is important, it does not happen in a vacuum. We must not neglect the significance of faith that is shared in the home and family. I am very interested in the work that Mothers’ Union is doing to foster this and try to play my part in encouraging it.
I often think of my work as a parish priest at St Peter’s Maney in Sutton Coldfield, and now as Diocesan Chaplain to Mothers’ Union, as loitering with intent. As Chaplain I try to support the work of Mothers’ Union where I can, attending meetings of Trustees, Diocesan and Group services and other events as required. I see my calling as looking to see what God is doing and joining in. Because I stand slightly outside some of the structures of the Mothers’ Union I am occasionally able to see things in a different light. As I get to know people in MU better, I hope I am able to help discern signs of God’s activity and areas for development. But I suspect that some of the most important work is done in the spaces between the busyness, when I am loitering with intent.