From the Diocesan magazine May 2016 #3

Nickie’s call to Mothers’ Union

Nickie_Johnson_Mothers_UnionsNickie Johnson leads a busy life. She is a clergy wife, mother and a Street Pastor and has just become the Diocesan President of the Mothers’ Union – an organisation that continues to inspire her and which has helped shape her life and faith.

She said: “My faith is something that is there everyday and Mothers’ Union reinforces that. The MU helped me with the upbringing of my children in the faith. It is such a fantastic organisation.”

But becoming Diocesan President wasn’t in Nickie’s plans when she and husband Ian retired to Devon eight years ago. However, after becoming more and more involved, when the call came she felt it was right to respond. She said: “I had not intended to get so involved but I felt like I had to go for it.” And with over 1,000 members in Exeter Diocese Nickie, who has been a Mothers’ Union member for 40 years, will certainly be busy.

Vitally for Nickie, one of the key aspects of being a member is the care and prayer focus which is a key aspect of the work. She adds: “I am a very practical Christian and I believe in the strength of prayer. The Mothers’ Union focuses on the importance of family life, relationships, community and the international MU is so big it really makes a difference. But we are all united by prayer.”

And, whilst recognising that the organisation needs to adapt along with society, her aims as president, are to “increase the membership” as, after all, she finishes: “The Mothers’ Union is the best kept secret in the Anglican Church!”

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