The Mothers’ Union has been active in the Parish for many years and continue to meet at St Peter’s on the 3rd Thursday afternoon of each month from September until April. Meetings start at 2pm with a short service, followed by a visiting speaker and end with tea and biscuits and a chance for a chat. New members are very warmly welcomed.
Members are very busy in the parish supporting all events in church – they make the best refreshments in the Diocese!!
If you want to see more about the Mothers Union you can visit www.mothersunion.org or you can follow Bangor Diocese Mothers' Union on Twitter and Facebook.
Nine members attended the meeting on October 19th. The service was led by Mrs. Joyce Price, and Mrs. Margaret Searson read the lesson. The Diocesan President, Mrs. Jenny Lane, is now home from Australia. Joyce and Sandra attended the Provincial meeting in Llanidloes. Hats, jackets, coats, scarves and gloves are required for refugees. Please bring to next meeting. Also toiletry items for hospital bags. Carol Cooper and Ann Jones represented the Diocese at the General Meeting in Edinburgh in September. Next year it will be held at the Brangwyn Hall in Swansea.
Dates for your diary:-
Sat.Nov.18th- All members day- Eglwys y Groes.
Wed. Nov.29th- Wave of Prayer- St. Peter's, 10.00am
Wed. Dec.6th - Vigil under the Clock
Thurs. Dec. 14th- Advent service at Cathedral.
Please note:- Our annual Carol Service will be held on TUESDAY 19th December, followed by Christmas Lunch at the Riverside Hotel, Pennal. Please contact Joyce or Margaret Searson ASAP regarding choices and payment if you wish to attend. Rachel is organising a Nativity display in church on Dec. 9th, and would be grateful for the loan of any Nativity items.
Our speaker was Dilys Williams, who gave a most interesting, illustrated talk on the Welsh Drovers. During the 17th century, 3000 cattle were regularly moved from Anglesey to London. This number trebled in the 18th century, with another 3000 from Mid-Wales. Welsh Black cattle are the oldest breed in Britain, and by the end of the 18th century, driving was well established, with high demand for Welsh and Irish beef in London. Pigs, geese and sheep were also moved. Cattle were shod with metal shoes, geese had their feet dipped in tar and sand, and pigs wore leather
boots. During the reign of Edward 6th and Elizabeth 1st, drovers had to be licensed and were forbidden to work on Sundays.Up to the 18th century, drovers were constantly threatened by thieves and wolves! On arrival in London, the dogs- usually corgis, were sent home alone. Drovers established the first banks. However, the Industrial Revolution, and advent of the railways put an end to droving, and the last recorded large drove was in 1870, and the last sheep drove in 1900.
Dilys was thanked by Mrs. Joyce Price.
The tea hostesses were Mrs. Margaret Searson and Mrs. Sandra Wheeler. Volunteers are still required for the brass cleaning rota. The next meeting is on November 16th at 2.00 pm.
Mothers Union - Sept 2017
Seven members attended the first meeting of the 2017/18 session on 21st September. Holy Eucharist was celebrated at St. Peter's Church, conducted by Rev. Kathleen, assisted by Mrs. Sandra Wheeler. The Rev. Kim Williams from Porthmadog joined us at the service.
The AGM followed in the Mezzanine room. The Enrolling Member welcomed everyone back after the summer break. Mrs. Ann Armstrong is recovering well after her accident; also Mrs. Marilyn Jones following her operation.
2016/17 was a very busy year with many interesting speakers. In the Psalms of Praise service at Penrhyndeudraeth, the Prayer Banner was blessed by Archdeacon Paul Davies. A vigil was held in Machynlleth to support organisations against Gender Violence. A Coffee and Pancake morning was a great success; also a Rainbow Sale. We hosted a Prayer Pilgrimage in July, and Margaret Searson and Joyce helped at the Church tent in the National Eisteddfod in August. The Rev. Kathleen was thanked for the service, and all the special services during the year. Thanks were expressed to the officials and all members for their loyalty and support towards MU. The officials were voted in en bloc for another year.
MU is asking for volunteers within the church to arrange a 'Brass Band' rota every month. A list can be found at the back of the church.
Our project this session is collecting hats, gloves and scarves for refugees. Toiletries are still required for Hospital Bags. Please bring to the October and November meetings.
Rev. Kathleen will be visiting Uganda in October. We wish her and the Diocesan group a safe journey and look forward to hearing all about it in the January meeting.
The next meeting is on Thursday October 19th at 2.00pm
The first meeting of the 2017/18 session will be on Thursday September 21st at 2.00 pm in St. Peter's church. A service of Holy Communion will be followed by the AGM.
Anyone who can help with refreshments etc. on Valuation Day is asked to contact the enrolling member- Mrs. Joyce Price.
Mothers' Union Prayer Pilgramage
On Thursday 13 th July, Machynlleth M.U. hosted a Prayer Pilgrimage. Seven members met at St. Peter's at 9.30 am, and after a hymn and prayers we proceeded to Holy Trinity, Corris, where we were joined by Corris members.
Our next stop was Llanwrin, where our Diocesan President, Mrs. Jenny Lane joined us. From there we crossed to the other side of the valley to Darowen. At each church, a hymn was sung and prayers were offered, led by Mrs. Sandra Wheeler.
At Darowen we enjoyed a picnic lunch in the sunshine and visited the holy well, before returning to Machynlleth for a service of thanksgiving and Holy Communion, led by the Rev. Roland Barnes.
By now, members from Porthmadog and Penrhyndeudraeth had arrived after visiting churches in Llwyngwril and Tywyn, and the four MU banners from Machynlleth, Corris, Porthmadog and Penrhyndeudraeth were processed down the aisle during the first hymn. Mrs. Jenny Lane gave the address, sharing stories from MU work in our link diocese of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
After the service, tea and cakes were served in the Mezzanine Room, and Joanne set up her stall selling MU cards and gifts.
The Diocesan President and our Enrolling Member, Mrs. Joyce Price thanked everyone for coming, and those who contributed in any way to the success of this new venture.
Members are reminded that Mary Sumner Day will be celebrated on Wed. 9th August in the 10.00 am service.
MU banners from Machynlleth, Corris, Penrhyndeudraeth and Porthmadog
MU members enjoying tea and fellowship following the prayer pilgrimage.
Mothers' Union Prayer Pilgrimage
The Mothers' Union is hosting a Prayer Pilgrimage on Thursday July 13th, visiting Corris, Llanwrin and Darowen Churches in the morning. A service of Holy Eucharist will then take place in St. Peter's at 2.00pm, when we will be joined by other MU members from the Diocese. This will be followed by tea and refreshments. Please inform Joyce as soon as possible if you wish to attend. Those attending are asked to bring a picnic lunch which will be eaten at Darowen church.
Mothers' Union - May 2017
The Enrolling Member, Mrs. Joyce Price, welcomed fourteen members and friends to the meeting on 18th May, and led the service. Mrs. Margaret Searson read the lesson.
The Rainbow Sale and Coffee Morning realised £251-75p for MU Diocesan Funds, and everyone was thanked for their help and support.
Our Diocesan Treasurer, Mr. Peter Lane, is now home following a double heart bypass in Liverpool. A letter of thanks for our prayers and support from his wife, Jenny, our President, was read out.
The secretary also read a letter thanking us for our donation to 'Make a Mother's Day.'
It was a problem finding collectors for Christian Aid this year, so envelopes are available in church if you wish to donate. Notepads with the Prayer Banner on are still available at £1-20 each.
The General Meeting is in Edinburgh this year on 29th and 30th September. Please let Joyce know ASAP if you wish to attend. Unfortunately, Porthmadog branch has canceled the visit on June 7th.
The rest of the meeting was a tea party to celebrate the special birthdays during the Summer of Mary and Pauline(90), Joyce and Eileen(80) and Sandra(70).Mrs. Margaret Searson prepared the tea and made the cake and was thanked by Joyce. She also thanked the officials and all members and friends for their continued support and wished everyone a happy Summer Break.
The next meeting is on September 21st. Please remember your Overseas Boxes.
Mothers' Union - April 2017
Seventeen members and friends attended the meeting on Thursday 20th April. Mrs. Joyce Price led the service and Mrs. Jocelyn Seagrave read the lesson.
Mrs. Price thanked the Rev. Kathleen for the Lady Day service, and all those who helped with the 50th anniversary celebrations for Ken and Margaret afterwards. A coffee morning and Rainbow Sale will be held at St. Peter's on May 3rd, followed by light lunches. Offers of help would be appreciated. The Cafe Church will resume on the 1st Sunday of the month from May 7th.
Rev. Roland Barnes introduced the guest speaker - Dr. Bob Friedrich, originally from Boston, USA, but now undertaking studies into dementia at Bangor University.
In 1906, Alois Alzheimer first detected the disease named after him. It is not a mental illness, but a disease and although not exclusively found in older people, age is clearly a factor. 45,000 people in Wales alone have been diagnosed with the disease, but the UK is far ahead of other countries in dementia awareness. Dr. Friedrich described ways to raise awareness and become a more dementia- friendly church.
He was thanked by Rev. Roland Barnes, who explained that the Dyfi Valley has been designated a dementia-friendly area. A steering group has been set up, working with the Alzheimer's Society, CAMAD and PAVO.
The tea hostesses were Mrs. Margaret Searson and Mrs. Jocelyn Seagrave. Our final meeting for this session will be on Thurs