The Diocese of Awori Women and Girls’ Organisations comprises three genries namely:
1. Mothers’ Union
2. Women’s Guild
3. Ladies/Girls/Boys’ Guild
These three arms have their aims and objectives but all working for the same goal which is to complement the efforts of the Priests to bring both women and the Youth closer to God and to train them fit for the Kingdom of God.
This was founded by Mary Sumner a wife of Anglican Priest and Bishop in 1885 at Portsmouth Church in England. It was later brought to Nigeria by Mrs. Abigail Oluwole the wife of Bishop Isaac Oluwole the then Assistant Bishop of West Equatorial Africa and later Assistant Bishop of Lagos Diocese and Sub-dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Marina in 1908 after her privileged attendance of the First Mothers’ Union Worldwide Council in England in 1908.
The Mothers’ Union is a worldwide organization in the Anglican Communion working on Diocesan Guidelines with the approval of the Diocesan Bishop, have a Diocesan President who is the Bishop’s wife and a Diocesan Council as the immediate centre and authority of the work of the Mothers Union in the Diocese.
MOTTO: Is taken from II Cor. 12:9 - “My Grace is sufficient for you”
MEMBERSHIP: membership is open to all Mothers:
1. Who are married in the Church.
2. Who have Church Blessing on their Marriages.
3. Who are baptized in the name of Holy Trinity.
4. Who accept the Christian Teaching as contained in Apostle Creed.
5. Who affirm their belief in principle of infant baptism and undertake to bring their children in Holy Baptism.
6. Who accept the Aim, Purpose and Objects of the Mothers’ Union.
7. Who are communicant members of Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion of a church Communion with it.
THE AIM OF THE MOTHERS UNION:
Is towards the advancement of Christian Religion in the sphere of marriage and family life.
Is to be specially concerned with all that strengthens and preserves marriage and Christian family life.
ITS OBJECTIVES ARE:
1. To uphold Christ’s teaching on the nature of marriage and to promote its wide understanding.
2. To encourage parents to bring up their children in the faith and life of the Church.
3. To maintain a worldwide fellowship of Christians united in prayer, worship and service.
4. To promote conditions in the society favourable to stable family life and the protection of children.
5. To help those whose family life has met with adversity.
This was founded in 1921 by then Bishop Frank Jones and his Wife Frances in the Diocese of Lagos out of the need to disciple all women irrespective of marital and societal status.
MEMBERSHIP: Is open to all baptized women of the Anglican Church.
MOTTO: Is taken from Gal. 5:13 – “By love serve one another.”
ITS AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:
1. To read some verses of the Holy scriptures, memorize a bible verse and pray every day.
2. To uphold the sanctity of marriage, bring up children and servants in the right way and to teach them to pray twice a day.
3. To lead exemplary lives, avoiding debt, corruption, alcohol consumption, blasphemy and slander.
4. To attend church services, meetings and guild activities regularly, showing a good stewardship of time, talent, tithe and treasure.
5. To endeavour to win souls for Christ.
6. To visit all sick people and those who are bereaved.
The idea of the establishment of the guild in the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion was mooted in Lagos at the 2nd General meeting of the Women’s Guild representatives in 1923 by Mrs. Melvin Jones the then President. Hence THE LADIES/GIRLS/BOYS GUILD is a fellowship of all unmarried Girls, Ladies and Boys within the Anglican Communion.
MEMBERSHIP: Is open to all baptized children of the Anglican Church.
MOTTO: “We are to grow up into Christ in every way.” Ephesians 4:15
AIMS AND OBJECTIVE
1. To accept Jesus as my Lord and personal Saviour
2. To speak the truth always and walk uprightly
3. To obey my parents, teachers and Civil Authorities
4. To read the Bible and pray every day
5. To have a Solemn and Holy Matrimony only with a fellow Christian
6. To stand firmly as a soldier of Christ.