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 - 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.
Mothers' Union - Feb 2016
The monthly meeting on Feb. 18th was attended by eleven members. Mrs. Joyce Price led the service and the reader was Mrs. Ann Humphries. 2016 is an important year for M.U. in the Bangor Diocese and nationally. We are celebrating 125 years of M.U. in the Bangor Diocese with a service in the Cathedral on April 5th. The following week, on the 13th April we are celebrating 140 years of M.U. in Wales with a service at Brecon Cathedral. Anyone wishing to attend these services is asked to contact Joyce ASAP. Also, at our meeting on April 21st, we are having a " Bring and Share" tea to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. If anyone has any photographs, newspaper cuttings, or memorabilia of Her Majesty the Queen, especially when she was young, the M.U. would be grateful if they could borrow them to decorate the window in the Parish Office.
We are buying a kneeler to celebrate the M.U. festivities, and would like to buy another to celebrate the Queen's birthday when funds are available. If anyone would like to contribute to the cost of the latter please contact Joyce or Margaret Searson.
The Guest Speaker was Heather Taylor, a former Guide Leader in Machynlleth, who gave a brief history of the Guide Movement, both nationally and in Machynlleth. In 1909, girls gate-crashed a Scouts' Rally at Crystal Palace, and begged Baden-Powell to do something similar for girls. In 1918, his wife Olive became the first Chief Guide. Machynlleth Guides began in 1919, and the Scouts and Guides worked hard to raise money to buy their own premises. Heather showed us photos and newspaper cuttings of various events attended by Machynlleth Guides. In 1993, the Welsh Guiding Association bought Broneirion in Llandinam as their national HQ. Older girls can elect to go on International Service, e.g the "Book Bus" which promotes literacy in countries such as Zambia.
Heather was thanked by Mrs. Marilyn Jones, , also a former Machynlleth Guide Leader. The tea hostess was Mrs. Ann Humphries. Our next meeting will be the " Quiet Afternoon" on March 17th.
Holy Trinity Church - Corris
This year we have been able to support our “Make a Mother’s day Special” This is an opportunity to help our fellow oversea’s members. This year we have decided to help train a facilitator to help communities fight for their rights in countries like Burundi and the Sudan (£24)
To pay for a person in Uganda to attend a Bible Study course, to then pass on that knowledge (£6) and in Rwanda to enable a Parish to help widows and single mothers to be independent by teaching them financial skills (£13)
We as a congregation would like to thank Canon Riley for taking the Thursday morning Eucharist through Lent. Special services are always a joy and especially appreciated are the Study and Prayer groups at this time.
We hope to have our “Sale at Paula’s” on Saturday March 26th
10:00 am - 1:00 pm and Monday 28th 11:00 am - 12:00 pm.
Please ring 01654 703784 or 01654 761742 for news or to donate goods.
The first meeting of 2016 took place in the Parish Office on Jan. 21st, attended by 12 members. The service was led by the Enrolling Member and the Rev. Canon Kathleen read the lesson.
Copies of the annual Balance Sheet were distributed by the Treasurer and accepted by all present.
The Secretary read a letter from the new Diocesan President, Mrs. Jenny Lane, outlining her plans for the year , and another from Mrs. Joanne Gower, thanking Branch members for their support of M.U. enterprises.
The enrolling member of our Link Branch- Upper Severn, Mrs. Sheila Hodgkins, has stood down due to ill health. Her replacement is Mrs. Chiplin.
The guest speaker was Mrs. Elize Payne, who described her experiences in Germany after the war, as the child of an Army family. She was originally from Cardiff, and remembers the docks being bombed.
In October 1945, the family was sent to Hanover. As the schools were in ruins, lessons were taken in a neighbour's front room. They later transferred to Minden, where she attended a proper school, with lessons given by Army personnel.
When she was eleven, she and approx. 400 other children were sent by train to a boarding school near the Danish border. It had previously been used as a training college for the German Navy and submariners, so the facilities were superb, including a swimming pool and theatre/cinema. She was there for six years.
Every year the former pupils have a re-union in London and she arranges one annually for the Welsh ex-pupils at Plas Dolguog.
Mrs. Payne was thanked by Mrs. Joyce Price. She also thanked Jocelyn and a friend of Margaret Searson for donating beautiful knitted children's clothes.
The tea hostesses were Mrs. Ann Armstrong and Mrs. Gwenda Price.
The next meeting is on February 18th when the speaker will be Heather Taylor.
Members of Corris M.U. and the Ladies Fellowship joined us on 17th December for our annual Carol Service in the Parish Office, led by the Rev. Canon Kathleen. The accompanist was Mrs. Margaret Hughes.
The readers were:-
- Mrs. Joyce Price
- Mrs. Muriel Evans
- Mrs. Maureen Hughes
- Mrs. Alice Hughes
- Mrs. Angela Jones
- Mrs. Gwenda Price
- Mrs. Margaret Searson
- Mrs. Jocelyn Seagrave
Following the service, 16 members and friends travelled to the Riverside Hotel, Pennal, to enjoy a delicious Christmas Lunch. The vote of thanks to the staff was proposed by Mrs. Angela Jones. Mrs. Joyce Price thanked the Rev. Kathleen for arranging the service, and all who had taken part, and those who had donated raffle prizes.
Christmas cards had been received from the outgoing Diocesan President, Mrs. Carol Cooper, and from Corris M.U.
Mrs. Price read a motto from another card stating :- " Jesus is the reason for the Season." Something for us all to reflect upon over the Christmas period.
Mrs. Muriel Evans, on behalf of the Fellowship, thanked the M.U for inviting them to the service and lunch. Rev. Kathleen thanked the M.U. for their continued support to her and St.Peter's. Mrs. Price then wished everyone a very Happy Christmas.
Our next meeting is on 21st January 2016 at 2.00 pm in the Parish Office.
The meeting on 15th October was attended by 9 members. The Enrolling Member conducted the service and the lesson was read by Mrs. Beth Bastock.
Mrs. Margaret Hughes was congratulated on reaching her 70th birthday recently, and she brought a cake to celebrate.
Several members have suffered poor health recently and they were wished a speedy recovery.
The money collected for Diocesan President- Mrs. Carol Cooper has been forwarded to the Diocesan Treasurer.
Joyce and Angela will be taking part in the service at the Cathedral on 4th Nov.
On 25th Nov. a " Wave of Prayer " service will be held in St. Peter's at 10.00 am.
The Autumn Council will take place in the Diocesan Centre in Bangor on 21st Nov. At the Trustees Meeting in Criccieth, Mrs. Carol Cooper attended along with the new President - Mrs. Jenny Lane, whose husband has accepted the post of Diocesan Treasurer, and Mrs. Bev. Julian will be the new Chief Executive.
The 140 yrs celebration will not now be in Newport, but arrangements are in hand for a service in Brecon Cathedral.
The General Meeting will be in Winchester next year.
The guest speaker was Mrs. Jane Hibbert, who was born and raised in Paris to a French mother and English father. During school holidays they would spend time with her mother's family near Bordeaux. In the summer of 1940, Jane remained in Bordeaux while her parents returned to Paris, but they had to flee at dawn on June 11th, the day before the Germans invaded. It took them 12hrs to travel 6miles, but they were re-united with Jane on June 14th. Her father befriended an employee of Barclays Bank, who had been advised to close his branch in Marseille and return to the UK asap. He procured berths for himself and Jane's family on the Arandora Star- a luxury cruise liner, now commandeered to transport refugees to the U.K. Bordeaux was bombed on June 19th. They left on the 24th June and arrived in Liverpool on the 27th June 1940. Among the 3000 passengers were the King of Albania and his wife. On it's next voyage, transporting "aliens" ( i.e Germans and Italians ) to Canada, the Arandora Star was sunk by a u-boat off the coast of Ireland.
Jane was warmly thanked by Mrs. Beth Bastock.
The tea hostesses were Mrs. Dorothy Edwards and Mrs. Marilyn Jones.
Please bring your completed questionnaires to the next meeting which is on Nov. 19th, when the speaker will be Mrs. Margaret Hughes.
Mothers' Union - September 2015
15 members and friends attended the first meeting of the 2015/16 session in the Parish Office on Sept. 17th. We began with a service of Holy Communion, led by Rev. Kathleen. The reader was Mrs. Joyce Price, and the accompanist- Mrs. Margaret Hughes.
The AGM followed. Minutes of the last AGM were read and approved. The secretary reported there are 13 members on roll, plus two indoor members, and average attendance at meetings was 12. She then gave a resume of speakers and events involving M.U throughout a very busy year. The treasurer's report was deferred until January, but accounts were available for inspection. The collection from the Overseas Boxes amounted to £125.
The Enrolling Member reported on the General Meeting in Nottingham, which she attended with Joanne Gower and Margaret Searson, and she expressed grateful thanks to Ken for driving them to and from Nottingham. She paid tribute to Rev. Dick Staunton, a faithful supporter of M.U, who passed away in June. Also a former Worldwide President who died in August. Several members also lost relatives during the Summer, and a minute's silence was observed in their memory.
Four members attended the marriage celebration in Llandudno on Sept.10th where the Bishop blessed nine couples. The Diocesan President will be standing down in October , and a service will be held in the Cathedral on November 4th.
Mrs. Joanne Gower arranged a display of M.U. cards and other items for purchase.
A coffee morning in aid of Branch Funds will be held in the Parish Office on 28th October.
The Enrolling Member then thanked the Officials and all members for their continued support of M.U.
Rev. Kathleen added her thanks especially for providing refreshments on special occasions. The tea hostesses were the Officials.
The next meeting is on October 15th when the speaker will be Mrs. Jane Hibbert.