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.
Prior to our last meeting on April 10th, members attended the special Easter Service in St. Peter's, performed by the children of Ysgol Gynradd, Machynlleth. It was a joyous occasion. The standard of performance was excellent and thoroughly enjoyed by all present.
A short meeting ensued in the Parish Office. Mrs. Joyce Price led the prayers. She then thanked Rev. Kathleen for conducting the Lady Day service, the Mothering Sunday service, and for her excellent address at the Women's World Day of Prayer, this year held at St. Peter's. All services were well attended and the collection on Mothering Sunday was for " Make a Mother's Day". The bouquet of flowers from M.U was presented this year to Mrs. Pauline Davies- a long -standing, faithful member of M.U. Mrs. Price thanked everyone who had taken part in the three services and contributed in any way to their success.
It has been decided by the Diocese that the Rainbow Sale will now be held every other year, and on alternate years, a day out for M.U members will be arranged. This year it will be in Dolgellau on July 4th.
An invitation has been received from Ladies' Fellowship to join them on their annual trip on Sat. May 3rd. The tea hostesses were Mrs. Joyce Price and Mrs. Margaret Searson. Our final meeting for this session is on May 15th. Please remember to bring your Overseas Boxes to the meeting.
Twelve members and friends attended the Quiet Afternoon at the Parish Office on March 20th. Rev. Kathleen introduced the Rev. Lyndsay Ford from Llwyngwril who based his meditations on "Hospitality ", " Generosity " and " Compassion." He used stories from the Gospels, based in Bethany, near Jerusalem to illustrate the three topics.
Jesus received hospitality at the home of Martha, Mary and Lazarus in Bethany.
A woman entered the home of Simon the Pharisee to anoint Jesus' feet with expensive oil, showing generosity.
Jesus showed compassion in raising Lazarus from the dead.
Rev. Ford was warmly thanked by Rev. Kathleen.
The readers were Mrs. Ann Armstrong, Rev. Kathleen and Mrs. Gwenda Price.
The tea hostesses were Mrs. Marilyn Jones and Mrs. Dorothy Edwards who were thanked by Mrs. Margaret Hughes, who also accompanied the hymns.
Members attended the meeting on 20th February in the Parish Office.
The service was led by Enrolling Member, Mrs. Joyce Price. Mrs. Alice Hughes read the lesson and Mrs. Margaret Hughes was the accompanist. Apologies were received from Mrs. Ann Armstrong and Mrs. Ann Humphries. Readers were chosen for the Women's World Day of Prayer.
Dates for the Diary :-
Women's World Day of Prayer - Friday 7th March in St. Peter's Church at 2pm.
Rehearsal - Thurs. 6th March - 2 pm.
Lady Day - Wed. 26th March.
Mothering Sunday - 30th March - 10.30 am- Collection towards Make a Mother's Day
N.B - April meeting will be on the 10th April (2nd Thurs) due to Maundy Thursday being on the 3rd Thurs.
A congratulatory card was sent to Rev. Emyr Wyn and Mrs. Rowlands on the birth of their grandson - Ioan Wyn Clarke, to Elin and Owain in Cardiff on Feb. 16th.
In the absence of a speaker, a humorous dialogue with a message was read by Mrs. Marilyn Jones and Mrs. Margaret Hughes, and Mrs. Margaret Searson organised a quiz. The tea hostesses were Mrs. Alice Hughes and Mrs. Margaret Hughes, who were thanked by Mrs. Joyce Price. the next meeting will be the "Quiet Afternoon" on March 20th.
Wave of Prayer
Members of Machynlleth and Corris Mothers' Union at a service for Mothers'Union Wave of Prayer service held in Machynlleth on 29th January 2014
What do you want to do?
Why not have a look at all the venture the Mother's Union is involved in. The window display at the Parish Office in Penrallt Street will gve you some idea of some of the current projects we are involved in.
Perhaps you'd like to be involved too, or maybe you have suggestions of new project we can undertake.
Why not come along and join, we're sure you'll find it interesting and useful.
March 2012 Newsletter
Where does the money from the RELIEF FUND go?
In December 2011 and early January 2012, Mothers' Union received Relief Fund requests from four dioceses in South Sudan.
In Juba diocese, a huge number of people are returning home from North Sudan, fleeing through fear of how they might be treated in the north following the split of the country in July 2011. Local statistics indicated that at the end of 2011 over 500 people were arriving in Juba each day, putting immense pressure on land and resources. Mothers' Union identified 200 households they could help in the short term, with items of food and medication.
Lainya and Rumbek dioceses were both affected by conflict at the end of 2011 leading to mass displacement. In Rumbek, one eye witness said:
"the raiders passed through one of the villages and they started to kill people and around 15 houses were destroyed by looting them and burnt them down. In the morning...soldiers still moved in the bushes looking for whoever tried to follow the raiders and the situation was getting more tense and worse and worse for four days".
Mothers' Union in Lainya and Rumbek dioceses aimed to reach 9,500 people in total through their relief projects.
In Cuiebet, floods caused by heavy rainfall led to a massive loss of homes, crops and livestock and potential outbreaks of disease. The Bishop of Cuiebet diocese described the situation in Pakam :
”water covered rural villages in the county - many houses were demolished and many families were displaced and the county commissioner declared over the state radio that his county had been overrun by the floods. So displaced families came with their children to the roadside to stay there for their survival and the same road had become a grazing land for cow and goats".
Women and children were identified as being those most vulnerable and with this in mind, Mothers' Union in Cuiebet wished to support 3,490 displaced people with food items, tools, plastic sheeting and utensils.
Grants were agreed from the Relief Fund to support the Mothers' Union relief work in these four dioceses.