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.
Ten members met at the Parish Office on April 16th. Prayers were led by the Enrolling Member. Three members sent apologies. Minutes of the last meeting were read and accepted, and a rota was circulated for help on the Fun Day.
Joyce attended the Spring Council in Penrhyndeudraeth and reported that the knitted Trauma Teddies had been sent to Syria and the jumpers and baby caps to Madagascar. Knitted squares for blankets are still required. Joyce thanked the knitters and passed on the grateful thanks from Bangor for the contributions.
In the forthcoming Provincial Meeting in Llanidloes, arrangements will be discussed regarding the 140th anniversary of M.U in Wales, which will be celebrated next year in Swansea. The Upper Severn Branch has invited us to join them at Mary Jones' Museum on 4th June. Names to Joyce ASAP please.
Our speaker was Anna Evans from Christian Aid, founded after the 2nd World War to help refugees. They are celebrating their 70th Anniversary this year. She showed us a film of their work in Ethiopia, where although the legal age of consent to marriage is 18, many girls as young as 12 or 13 are forced into marriages with much older men so that the parents may receive a dowry of goats and cattle. One young girl defied her parents and with the help of Christian Aid is now helping other young girls in this situation. Christian Aid also works with "Action for Development" to provide water points in villages - a lifeline for residents and animals. Anna was warmly thanked by the Enrolling Member.
A Coffee Morning for Christian Aid will be held on 13th May in the Parish Office and on 14th May M.U members from Bangor are visiting for a get-to-gether. Please support.
Our final meeting for this session is on Thursday May 21st at 2.00pm in the Parish Office.
Our March meeting was held at the Parish Office on Thurs.19th. The service was led by the enrolling member. In Margaret's absence the organist was Mrs. Jen Evans and Mrs. Margaret Searson read the lesson. They were both thanked by the Enrolling Member.Five members sent their apologies. Mrs. Betty Molyneux joined us and she was warmly welcomed by everyone.
The Women's World Day of Prayer was held at Maengwyn Chapel on the 6th March. Mrs. Margaret Searson and Mrs. Muriel Evans were thanked for taking part in the service. Members were reminded of the Bishop's Fun Day on Sat. 9th May, 11.00 am- 3.00 pm. All activities on the day are FREE, except the food, so bring your children and grandchildren for a FUN day out. Posters will be placed around the town.
For next month's meeting please bring along items for the Rainbow Sale; also your Summer scarves for window decoration and wedding memorabilia for the Wedding Display.
Our guest speaker for the afternoon was Mrs. Jen Evans who gave us an insight into her upbringing in Morfa Nefyn, where all her family were Church members all their lives. This was a wonderful grounding for Jen, as she is now very active in Church life. We were reminded of Mary Sumner's theory that good parenting is essential for a child's upbringing. She was warmly thanked by Mrs. Joyce Price. The tea hostesses were Rev. Kathleen and Mrs. Ann Humphries. Next month's meeting will be on Thurs. 16th April at 2.00 pm. Our speaker will be Miss Anna Evans. J.P.
On Wednesday 25th March 2015, Machynlleth members were joined by members of Corris Mothers' Union to celebrate Lady Day at the Holy Eucharist at St Peter's Church.
The Rev Canon Kathleen led the service and the Rev Naomi Starkey led the intersessions.
The chalice was administered by the Vice President for South Meirionydd, Mrs Joyce Price who also read the lesson. Mrs Margaret Hughes was the organist.
Eleven members and friends met at the Parish Office on Feb. 19th for the monthly meeting. The enrolling member conducted the service. The reader was Mrs.Margaret Searson and Mrs. Margaret Hughes the accompanist.
Condolences were expressed to Mrs. Beth Bastock on the death of her cousin in Edinburgh, and to Mrs. Gwenda Price on the death of her sister-in-law. Mrs. Ann Armstrong was wished a speedy recovery following her cataract operation.
A new M.U branch has been opened in Anglesey - Bro Deiniol - following the closure of three other branches. A new Enrolling Member has been appointed in our Link Branch of Holyhead - Mrs. Janet Hatter.
Members agreed to our usual donation of £10 to "Make a Mother's Day." Beryl and Joyce attended the Trustees Meeting and reported that 80 pairs of spectacles had been collected for distribution abroad. Items for Hospital Bags are still required.
Dates for the Diary
Fri. 6th March - Women's World Day of Prayer - Maengwyn Chapel - 2.00 pm
Sun. 15th March - Mothering Sunday - Llanwrin - 10.30 am
Wed. 25th March - Lady Day Service - St.Peter's - 10.00 am
Sat. 9th May - Bishop's Fun Day - Plas, Machynlleth
Sat.16th May - Fellowship Trip - For further details please contact Mrs. Alice Hughes
Our designated speaker, Mrs. Jocelyn Seagrave sent her apologies, so we were fortunate to welcome Jemma Hennigan, a former pupil at Ysgol Bro Ddyfi and now studying at Ysgol Penglais Aberystwyth.She was chosen to join a group of 25 Urdd members, from 250 applicants throughout Wales, to go on a study tour to Patagonia in 2014. Each member had to raise £2,200 towards the cost of the trip. They formed a choir and took part in the annual Eisteddfod in Chubut. they visited schools and churches and immersed themselves in the Patagonian culture. Jemma showed us how to make Mate tea - a popular drink in Patagonia- made from the ground-up leaves of a species of South American holly - definitely an acquired taste!!! She was warmly thanked by Mrs. Joyce Price and presented with a small gift, being the youngest speaker we've ever had.
The tea hostesses were Mrs. Doreen Ellis and Mrs. Marilyn Jones. The next meeting will be the "Quiet Afternoon" on March 19th.
Mothers' Union Jan 2015
The first meeting of 2015 was held at the Parish Office on Thurs. 15th January. The service was led by the enrolling member and the Rev. Kath Rogers read the lesson. All members were wished a Happy New Year and Mrs. Ann Armstrong was welcomed back after her knee operation. A report was read out on the Vigil held on 3rd December.
Six members sent their apologies.
It was decided to hold a Rainbow Sale on 27th May.
The General Meeting will be held in Nottingham on 25th-26th June. Please inform the enrolling member ASAP if you would like to attend. The cost is approx. £80 .
The accounts were approved and Margaret and Gwenan were thanked for their work.
The guest speaker was Jean Preston, who gave a very interesting talk on her experience as a CMS volunteer in Uganda for two years. She lived in Kampala where the rich and poor lived side by side. She was warmly thanked by Mrs. Alice Hughes.
The tea hostesses were Mrs. M. Searson and Mrs Jocelyn Seagreves. The next meeting will be on Thurs. Feb. 19th when the guest speaker will be Mrs. Jocelyn Seagreves.
On Thursday 18th December, we were joined by members of the Ladies' Fellowship and Corris M.U. for our annual Carol Service in Church. Rev. Naomi Starkey led the service and the organist was Mrs. Margaret Hughes. The readers were Mrs.Muriel Evans, Mrs. Angela Jones, Mrs. Joyce Price, Mrs. Alice Hughes, Mrs. Ann Humphries, Mrs. Gwenda Price, Mrs.Maureen Hughes, Mrs. Beth Bastock, Mrs. Joanne Gower and Mrs. Beryl Riley.
Following the service, 16 members and friends travelled to the Wildfowler, Tre'rddol, for the Christmas Lunch, and a quiz, prepared by Mrs. Muriel Evans and Mrs. Margaret Searson.
After the meal, the Enrolling Member, Mrs. Joyce Price, thanked Rev. Naomi and all who had taken part in the service.
Tribute was paid to the late Mrs. Sylvia Williams - a former member of M.U.
Mrs. Muriel Evans, on behalf of the Fellowship, thanked the M.U. for inviting them to the service and lunch, and also paid tribute to Mrs. Sylvia Williams - a faithful member of the Fellowship.
Mrs. Alice Hughes extended a welcome to the Fellowship dinner on Jan.10th at Maengwyn Cafe. Please contact her with choice of menu if you wish to attend.
Mrs. Maureen Hughes reminded everyone of the Ministry Area Club 100 beginning in January.
Mrs.Angela Jones then proposed a vote of thanks to the staff of the Wildfowler for their excellent food and service.
Finally ,the Enrolling Member wished everyone a safe journey home and a very Happy Christmas.
The next meeting is on Jan. 15th, when the speaker will be Jean Preston.
On Saturday 22nd November the Autumn Council was held at Eglwys y Groes, Maesgeirchen, Bangor. After coffee a service was held in Church for the old and new “Wave of Prayers” overseas link.
The meeting was chaired by the Diocesan President Mrs Carol Cooper. Mrs Joyce Price was given an opportunity to promote the “Silent Vigil” to be held in Machynlleth on the 3rd December. We hear so much about abuse in the media these days, that I took it on board and decided we should be doing something to raise awareness of what sort of world we live in. There’s domestic abuse, usually behind closed doors, the victims too afraid to seek help, there’s verbal abuse, financial abuse, child abuse, we could go on and on.
This is a bold campaign and needs a bold response. So to try and make an impact, please wear something yellow and purple all day on December 3rd, to show your support for this worthwhile cause.
The MU has a range of projects both in the UK and Worldwide and all have a part to play in ending gender abuse.
Following the vigil at 12:00 pm there will be prayers and coffee at the Parish Office. Please come along and join in our prayers for the victims, perpetrator’s and indeed all members of the MU around the world, especially the Bangor Dioceses members trying to make a difference.