Mothers' Union - January 2018

Forty-five members and friends attended the first meeting of 2018 on Jan. 18th. Mrs. Joyce Price led the short service, and Rev. Kathleen read the lesson.

Mrs. Price thanked the members of other chapels and churches in the town for supporting M.U events. A coffee and pancake morn ing will be held on Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 13th.

Our project for this year is knitting woollen hats for elderly refugees. Mrs. Price has knitting patterns for those who wish to make one.

Our speaker was Rev. Kathleen, who gave an insightful, illustrated account of her recent trip to Uganda with the Good Hope Foundation. This charity was set up by Charles Owens of Anglesey, but is now run by the Bangor Diocese, who establish schools and hospitals in the area, in conjunction with local churches. M.U is very strong in the area. Kath flew to Entebbe, then embarked on a 7 hr journey to Lira, along dirt roads full of pot-holes! Locals. travel on bikes and scooters, sometimes carrying whole families or animals on one vehicle! They attended a wedding, where Emlyn, one of the group, officiated. Kath was asked to celebrate Eucharist, with 400 in the congregation. She thanked St. Peter's and the Machynlleth area for their donations which were used to buy desks, paper, pens, uniforms and footballs for the schools. When a child went to hospital, the parents had to provide the mattress, blankets and food for themselves, as the hospital could only afford to feed the child.

Mrs. Joyce Price thanked Rev. Kathleen for her wonderful talk and slide-show, and wished her well in retirement. She then asked Mrs. Ann Armstrong, our longest serving member to present a gift to Kathleen on behalf of Machynlleth M.U.

Our next meeting is on Feb. 15th at 2.00pm. Members are reminded that subscriptions are due.

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Margaret Hughes