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.
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.
Twelve members met at the Parish Office on Nov. 20th for our monthly meeting. The enrolling member led the service. Mrs. Gwenda Price read the lesson and the organist was Mrs. Margaret Hughes. Apologies were received from Mrs. Ann Armstrong, Mrs. Ann Humphries, Mrs. Marilyn Jones and Mrs. Alice Hughes.
A letter has been received from the British Legion thanking for the window display in the Parish Office prior to Remembrance Sunday.
Three members are going to Council and will be taking the knitted items and toiletries. Mrs. Joyce Price thanked everyone for their contributions.
From now on, M.U members attaining the age of 90 will receive a card from Mary Sumner House. Also those celebrating 50,60 or 70 years of marriage.
The Bishop's Fun Day will be held in Machynlleth in 2015, on the 9th May.
£420 was raised at the Christian Aid coffee morning towards the Ebola Fund, and another one will be held on 10th Dec. towards Church Funds.
On 29th Nov. the town Christmas Lights will be switched on at 6.00pm by the Clock, followed by a candlelit procession to St. Peter's for mince pies and mulled wine.
The speaker was Mrs. Ann Jones - Social Policy Coordinator from Bangor who gave an excellent, thought-provoking talk on modern day slavery, domestic violence, and child-rearing. The M.U is holding a silent vigil at the clock on Wed. 3rd Dec. from 10.00am - 12.00pm to raise awareness of domestic violence. The speaker was thanked by Mrs. Joyce Price. The tea hostesses were Mrs. Gwenda Price and Mrs.Roberta Williams.
The next meeting is our Annual Carol Service in Church on Dec.18th at 11.00 am followed by Christmas Lunch at the Wildfowler, Tre'rddol. Each member is asked to bring a raffle prize.
Members and friends met on Friday 17th Oct at the Parish Office. The service was led by Mrs Joyce Price and the reader in Welsh was Mrs Gwenda Price.
The Christmas Carol Service will be held at St Peter’s Church on Thursday December 18 at 11:00 am, followed by Christmas Lunch in the Wildfowler’s Tre-ddol. Choice of menu at our next meeting.
Dates for the Diary: A “Silent Vigil” will be held under the Town Clock to raise awareness of Gender Violence on Wednesday 3 Dec between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm. Just come along and support this worthwhile cause.
If you can please donate toileteries for “Hospital Bags” by next months meeting.
Our guest speaker this afternoon was Mr Peter Kenny a local boy, who gave an interesting talk on his treck up to Everest Base Camp. He also brought along some wonderful photo’s alonof his journey, so we could all appreciate the the majesty of the snow covered mountains. Peter and two of his friends were inspired to take on this challenge in memory of two local men who died very suddenly at a young age. They raised in excess of £7000 in their memory for the British Heart Foundation. Peter was thanked by the Enrolling member, who also thanked the tea hostesses Mrs D Edwards and Mrs M Jones
Our next meeting will be on Thursday Nov 20th at 2:00 pm.
The first meeting of the 2014/15 session was held at the Parish Office on Sept. 18th. The Enrolling Member, Mrs. Joyce Price, led the service. Mrs. Alice Hughes read the lesson and Mrs. Margaret Hughes accompanied the hymns.
The AGM followed.
Mrs. Joyce Price thanked the Rev. Kathleen for her support and congratulated her on becoming a Canon. She also thanked the officials for their work, and all the members for their continued support and particularly for providing refreshments for special occasions. She reported that Mrs. Derwenna Williams, formerly of Derwenlas, was now in a residential home and wishes to be remembered to everyone.
The secretary then gave a resume of the year's meetings, speakers and events. In the absence of the Treasurer, the financial report has been deferred until January.
The officials were then re-elected en bloc:-
Enrolling Member - Mrs. Joyce Price
Secretary & Organist - Mrs. Margaret Hughes
Treasurer - Mrs. Margaret Searson
The "Wheels Appeal" has now ended and £29,000 was raised in the Diocese. The secretary read out a letter concerning the new project called "Celebrate with Us". The Ladies Fellowship has asked to join us for our annual Carol Service in December, and has also invited us to join them on an outing to Abbey-Cwm-Hir on November 15th.
The following M.U meetings have been organised in the Diocese:-
Trustees- Criccieth - 14th October
Provincial - Llanidloes - 23rd October
Council - Bangor - November ( date to be arranged)
The tea hostesses were the officials and they were thanked by Mrs. Roberta Williams. The next meeting is on October 17th and the speaker will be Mr. Peter Kenny.