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.
Mothers' Union - January 2017
Sixteen members and friends attended the first meeting of 2017 on Jan.19th. The service was led by Enrolling Member- Mrs. Joyce Price, and Mrs. Ann Armstrong read the lesson.
Joyce welcomed everyone to the meeting, especially two visitors from Kerry, nr Newtown ( relatives of the speaker) and wished everyone a Happy New Year. Copies of the Balance Sheet were distributed and approved. We were informed that Mrs. Roberta Williams is now back home in Penegoes, and Mrs. Doreen Ellis is making progress in the Twymyn.
Sandra will be holding a Cafe Church on Sunday evenings during Lent, and offers of help would be greatly appreciated.
A ' Coffee and Pancake' morning will be held in the Mezzanine Room on Shrove Tuesday, 28th Feb.- 10.00 am to 12.00pm. Proceeds towards M.U funds. Joanne will have a stall and notebooks with the Prayer Banner on will be available- price £1-20. Anyone wishing to help on this morning, please see Joyce.
A Lady Day Eucharist and Golden Wedding celebration will be held at St. Peter's on Sat. 25th March at 10.00 am. Everyone is welcome to join us.
The speaker was Mrs. Margaret Hughes, who described the lives of her grandfather's three cousins- Edward, Myfanwy and William Rowlands, as missionaries in China at the beginning of the 20th century. Edward was based in Wuchang(now part of Wuhan) ; Myfanwy was headmistress of the Girls' Mission School in Peking(now Beiijing)before her marriage, and thereafter served in Tsangchow(now Cangzhou) but the climate affected her health and she died on the voyage home in 1935, and was buried at sea near the Gulf of Aden, aged 55. William served in Siaochang( now Zaozhuang) 70 miles south of Tsangchow. All three were married in China, and Edward and William and their wives were interned by the Japanese during the Second World War. Afterwards, Edward settled in Essex, but William returned to China in 1947,but had to leave in 1950, following the Communist takeover. After a short period as a pastor in Iden Green, Kent , he and his wife emigrated to Tasmania, where his children were already settled. His one remaining daughter now lives in Sydney, Australia, aged 96. She gave Margaret a copy of the diary written by Edward during his internment, which she was able to present to his grandson, Dylan Rowlands, now living in Dolgellau.
The vote of thanks was proposed by Mrs. Beryl Riley, and the tea hostesses were Mrs. Gwenda Price and Mrs. Ann Armstrong.
The next meeting is on Feb.16th.
Mothers' Union - December 2016
On Friday Dec .2nd, members, friends and family gathered in the Mezzanine room for a surprise party to celebrate the 90th birthday of one of our members- Mrs. Doreen Ellis. The party had been arranged by members of her family, and her son Hefin, thanked everyone for coming and for their friendship towards his mother. We are very sorry to learn that Doreen has since fallen and sustained fractures, and unfortunately had to spend Christmas in hospital. We send her our very best wishes for a speedy recovery.
On Thursday Dec. 15th, members of Corris M.U and the Ladies' Fellowship joined us at St. Peter's for our annual carol service, prepared and led by the Rev. Canon Kathleen. Three new members were inducted into M.U - Liz and Roland into the Machynlleth branch and Rachel into Corris. The service contained a mime with a seasonal message, ably performed by Joyce and Sandra, and the organist was Mrs. Margaret Hughes. After the service,19 members and friends proceeded to the Riverside Hotel, Pennal for Christmas Lunch. Joyce welcomed everyone, particularly the new members, and invited the Rev. Roland Barnes to say grace. After a delicious lunch, the enrolling member gave a vote of thanks to the hotel staff. She then gave a brief resume of a very busy year, and thanked everyone for their support, particularly the officials, and the Rev. Kathleen for preparing the service, and also everyone who donated raffle prizes.
Mrs. Muriel Evans, on behalf of the Fellowship, thanked M.U for their invitation to the service and lunch, and Rev. Kathleen thanked Joyce for her hard work for M.U and for the support given by the branch to her and St. Peter's. Joyce then wished everyone a very Happy Christmas .
The next meeting is on Jan19th in St. Peter's, when Mrs. Margaret Hughes will speak about her grandfather's three cousins who were missionaries in China at the beginning of the 20th century, and also about her recent trip to China.
Mothers' Union Nov 2016
Eleven members attended the meeting on 17th November at St. Peter's Church. The service was conducted by the Enrolling Member, and the lesson was read by Mrs. Sandra Wheeler.
Five members will attend the Songs of Praise service in Penrhyndeudraeth on Nov. 18th. A "Wave of Prayer" service will be held at St. Peter's at 10.00am on Nov. 23th.
Condolences were expressed to Mrs. Gwenda Price and Mrs. Marilyn Jones on recent family bereavements.
Arrangements are in hand for the Christmas Lunch on 15th December. Please contact the Treasurer ASAP if you wish to attend.
The guest speaker was Denise Davies from the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service .She gave us some very good advice on how to avoid fires in the home-eg not overloading sockets, and not leaving chips and fried foods to cook unattended in the kitchen. A Home Safety Fire Check is available free of charge from the Fire Service, when they will identify dangers in your home. Electric blankets over 10 yrs old should be discarded. Denise was thanked by Mrs. Sandra Wheeler.
The tea hostess was Mrs. Margaret Hughes.
The next meeting will be the annual Carol Service in St. Peter's at 11.00 am on Dec.15th, followed by Christmas Lunch at the Riverside Hotel, Pennal. Each member is kindly asked to bring a Raffle Prize.
A Psalms of Praise service for the Mothers’ Union Bangor Diocese took place at Holy Trinity Church Penrhyndeudraeth on 18th November at 2:00 pm. The welcome and introduction was by the Diocese President Mrs Jenny Lane. Members from around the Diocese took part in reading Psalms and good singing to follow. The Prayer Banner was blessed by Archdeacon Paul Davies.
Tea and cake was served, during tea, Since Mrs Kath Broadbent will be leaving the area, she was presented with a card of thanks for all her hard work over many years, She will be missed.
The 2016 / 2017 session will be restarting on Thursday September 15th with a Holy Eucharist Service in Church at 2pm
followed by the AGM in the Mezzanine Hall.
New Members very welcome.
August 10th Mary Sumner Day
Holy Eucharist at 10 am.
Sept 5th Afternoon Tea at Joanne Gower’s Corris Uchaf.
Please let us know if you would like to join us.
Mothers' Union Celebrate the Queens 90th Birthday
Mothers' Union celebrated the Queen's 90th birthday and the 125th anniversary of Mothers' Union in the Bangor Diocese with an afternoon tea for members and friends on 21st April.
It looks like a great time was had by all.
Thanks to Rev. Kath for the pictures.
Mothers' Union - March 2016
Our March meeting was held at the Parish Office, for our quiet afternoon. The Rev Canon Kathleen led us in Readings, Meditation, Prayers and Music towards Holy Week and Good Friday. The Rev Kathleen was thanked by Mrs Ann Armstrong.
Mrs Sandra Wheeler was warmly welcomed to our meeting, Sandra lives in Pennant and has been on placement in Machynlleth during Lent.
The Woman’s World Day of Prayer was held at St Mair’s Catholic Church on March 4th. Mrs Margaret Searson, Mrs Muriel Evans, Mrs Alice Hughes and Mrs Jocelyn Seagrave were thanked for taking part in the service.
There is still room in cars for Bangor and Brecon if any Church member would like to join us for our special celebrations. Banners from past branches will be taken in memory of past members from Llanymawddwy, Cemaes, Aberdyfi, Machynlleth and Corris. I would like all members to write down their favourite Hymn (Welsh or English) Prayer or Psalm and bring to our April meeting, when we have our Bring & Share tea.
Bring a friend, tea for two, raffle prize, by 2:00 pm.
Thank you note - Sandra Wheeler.
During my placement in Machynlleth, everyone, has welcomed me into their hearts and it has been a real privilege to be part of the ministry team and to 'shadow' Kath. I have learnt a lot in the time I have been with her.
On a lighter note - I've just got it right, [for now] on processes in St Peters and now I'm to leave.
Hopefully I will be able to return and I've definitely booked the 2nd October.