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.
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.
Members enjoyed an afternoon out on 19th June, lunch was enjoyed at the Rhyd-y-pennau Craft Centre, followed by some retail therapy!! Mrs Pauline Davies was wished a Happy Birthday, members were thanked for raising £112 in the Overseas Boxes. Mrs Beth Bastock thanked everyone for their support towards the Wheels Appeal which raised £106.
On 30th July we are arranging a coach to a Flower Festival in Llanfaelog Church, leaving at 9:00 am. We have 9 seats left, if anyone is interested in joining us, please phone 702421 or 703253.
We don't Just Make Tea
Joanne Gower MU Enterprise Provincial Rep also Corris Branch and Mrs Joyce Price Vice President South Merioneth also Machynlleth Branch at the MU Stall at the Church in Wales Governing Body Meeting in Llandudno April 2014.
Fourteen members attended the final meeting of the 2013/14 session at the Parish Office on 15th May. Mrs. Joyce Price led the service and the reader was Mrs. Margaret Searson.
The secretary read a letter of thanks for the donation to " Make a Mother's Day " collected at the Mothering Sunday service. Letters were also read regarding - "Action & Outreach," Social Policy and the "Wheels Appeal." Rev. Kathleen and Mrs. Margaret Searson reported on the Fun Day at Bangor Cathedral.
Dates for the diary:-
June 2nd - Tea on the Lawn at Beth's house in aid of the "Wheels Appeal" - 2.00pm
June 19th - outing to Rhydypennau with Lunch
July 27th - Bishop's Licensing Service at St. Peter's for new Ministry Area. M.U. to provide refreshments.
July 30th - Outing to Llanfaelog Church.
August 2nd - M.U Stall at Plas as part of British Legion Commemoration Day.
August 13th - Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Communion service in church - 10.00 a.m
September 24th - Quiet day at Noddfa, Penmaenmawr.
The enrolling member then thanked the officials and members for their work and continued support of M.U. and wished them a pleasant Summer break.
Tea was provided by the officials.
The first meeting of the new session will be on Thursday Sept. 18th at 2.00p.m beginning with Communion in Church, followed by the A.G.M.
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.