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!!
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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.
The 2015/16 session will be restarting on Thursday Sept 17th with an Eucharist Service at 2:00 pm. Followed by the AGM at the Parish Office.
The MU stall will be at the meeting, enabling you to buy or order your Christmas cards and gifts. New members welcomed.
Just three photographs this month.
The first two are of The Church in Wales tent at the National Eisteddfod in Meifod 2015.
The next one is Members from St Peters Church Machynlleth, St Cadfarch Church Penegoes and St Ust and Dyfrig Church Llanwrin serving tea and coffee after the Morning Service on Sunday.
General Meeting - Nottingham 26th June 2015
The Mothers Union General Meeting was held on Friday 26th June in Nottingham. Members from Machynlleth MU joined the Bangor Diocese and St Asaph Diocese in Nottingham for the meeting.
Diocesan President Mrs Carol Cooper with MU member from Uganda
MU members from both the Bangor and St Asaph diocese
On May 27th a very successful " Rainbow Sale " and Coffee Morning was held in the Parish Office in aid of Diocesan Funds. The Diocesan President, Mrs. Carol Cooper attended , and said she enjoyed visiting Machynlleth M.U as she always receives a very warm welcome. The sum of £236 was raised and thanks are due to Margaret Searson and Joyce for the window display, and all who helped on the day, and with the preparations beforehand.
On June 18th, sixteen members and friends travelled to Llanycil, near Bala, to the newly opened Mary Jones Visitor Centre. The weather was kind to us, and on arrival, we enjoyed a picnic outside. At 2.00 pm, we were welcomed by the curator, and given a video presentation on the work and history of the centre.We then proceeded to the renovated church ( now the Visitor Centre) pausing at the tomb of Thomas Charles en route. Inside the centre, many features of the original church have been retained, e.g the beautiful stained glass windows, altar, pulpit. and organ, providing an impressive backdrop to the interesting and informative exhibition of the Mary Jones story. The renovations were paid for by Bible Societies throughout the world and generous individual donations.
After light refreshments in the cafe, we headed homewards. Mrs. Beth Bastock ,on behalf of all present, gave a vote of thanks to Joyce for arranging a most enjoyable outing, and to Ken for driving the minibus.
The Bangor MU held their Rainbow Sale at the Cathedral on 19th June and raised £880.25. Add to this, the good effort from both Corris and Machynlleth Branches, amounting to £236 with a grand total £1116.25. Well done everyone,
Diolch yn fawr.
Thirteen members attended the final meeting of the 2014/15 session at the Parish Office on the 21st of May. Mrs. Joyce Price led the service and the reader was Mrs. Gwenda Price. Members were thanked for their help on the Fun Day.
The Diocesan President and Officials from Bangor visited on the 14th May for a "Get -to- gether ". The Wedding Display window was much appreciated, and the cake was cut by the Rev. Canon Kathleen and Mrs. Carol Cooper ( Diocesan President). Alice and Margaret Searson were thanked for their help towards the day and Joanne and Margaret Hughes for taking part in the service. The Rev. Kathleen was congratulated on her visit to Buckingham Palace and Mrs. Ann Armstrong was congratulated on her 80th birthday. We had a special tea in her honour. She has been a M.U. member for 59 years
Our Link Branches are now :- Aberdyfi / Tywyn , Upper Severn, and Corris. Joyce, Margaret and Joanne, along with other members from Bangor will be representing us at the General Meeting in Nottingham in June.
Dates for your diaries:-
July 22nd- Flower Festival- Porthmadoc,
August 12th - Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary- St. Peter's Church- 10.00am
Sept. 12th- Marriage Service and Wedding Exhibition in Llandudno.
The combined outing with Upper Severn Branch to the newly opened Mary Jones Visitor Centre is now on JUNE 11th, leaving Machynlleth at 12.45pm. Admission is £3. The 140th Anniversary celebrations of M.U. in Wales will now be held in NEWPORT ( MON.) in 2016.
The Enrolling Member then thanked the Secretary and Treasurer of the Branch, the Rev. Canon Kathleen, and all the members for their continued loyalty and support of M.U.
The tea hostesses were Mrs. Pauline Davies and Mrs. Ann Armstrong. They were warmly thanked ,along with all the tea hostesses throughout the year.
Mrs. Gwenda Price, on behalf of the members, proposed a vote of thanks to Mrs. Joyce Price for all her hard work for M.U. Everyone was then wished a very happy Summer Break.
The next meeting will be the A.G.M on September 17th.
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.