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February 2017

Branch Leader:
Ann Harris
The Cottage & Stable
Love Lane
Ellesmere
Tel: 01691 622163

MU Secetary:
Mrs Rosemary Turner
The Old Smithy
Perthy
Ellesmere
Tel: 01691 623945

The start of our Mothers' Union 2017 year began on the 16th January 2pm at the Town Hall. A presentation "Leap of Faith" was given by Jeremy Stretton, a video and pictures were shown by Jeremy of his amazing Bungee Jump from a high crane at Tatton Park. Jeremy told of the history of Bungee Jumping which originated at two main centres, Mexico with the Aztecs and at Nuvalu in the South Pacific and dated back to 6BC. £800 in sponsorship was raised for Church funds. A short video was also shown with Mr William Parker and Jeremy going down a Zip Wire in North Wales also raising money for Church funds. It was all exciting stuff; very daring and brave of both of them. A vote of thanks was given by Mrs Kath Meeks, teas were served by Mrs Connie Mason and Mrs Heather Wright.

February 9th is the Mothers' Union 'Wave of Prayer". This will be held from 14.40 to 15.00 (pm) in St. John's Room or in your own home if you cannot get to Church. The wave of prayer is a continuous expression of our commitment in prayer to each other, which runs throughout the year and encompasses all the places in which we are represented. This year we pray especially for KARNATAKA - India, ANKOLE - Uganda, LAGOS - West Nigeria and here at home - LICHFIELD.

Our next meeting on February 20th will be our AGM held at the Town Hall 1.45pm followed with a talk "Heron Watch" by Edward Bevan.

Yours with love,

Ann

THE MOTHERS' UNION PRAYER

Loving Lord, we thank you for your love so freely given to us all. We pray for families around the world. Bless the work of the Mothers' Union as we seek to share your love through the encouragement strengthening and support of marriage and family life. Empowered by your spirit, may we be united in prayer and worship, and in love and service, reach out as your hands across the world. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Prayer of thanks for God's light

Father of all creation,
Thank you for signs of life and light, even in the dark and sometimes difficult days of winter. Thank you for Jesus' victory over darkness and death - and for the assurance that, if we put our trust in Him - nothing can ever separate us from you.
Help us to hold onto the hope you have given us and to walk on with Jesus as our guiding light. And may His light attract others who don't yet know Him and whom the darkness threatens to overwhelm.
Shine on us, Lord, that we may reflect your light and receive your peace.
In Jesus's name.
Amen.

By Daphne Kitching (courtesy of Parish Pump)