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October 2012

The Ellesmere Branch of the Mothers' Union visited a Church at Brewood, near to Tongue on September 17th. I thought you may like to read the following, which is the address given by Mrs Val Rushton, their Branch leader.

"I Welcome you all here, St. Marys and St. Chads Church. I hope our visitors have had a good lunch, thank you for choosing us to visit and I am sure we will have a good afternoon together.

Friendship Theme

It's so good to see members of the Mothers' Union from Ellesmere. We can all join together like a big family. Families are not all smiles and hugs like the adverts on TV. We are normal people with normal lives. Families are real like us, with problems, with heartaches, with humour and sadness. There is much joy in being a member of a family, our own family, our Church family and our Mothers' Union family. We always support our own family whatever the problem, we stand by our family and we stand by our friends.

Friendship and fellowship is what I would like us to take on board this afternoon. I looked the word 'friend' up in the Dictionary "A person whom one knows, likes and trusts" and the word 'fellowship' - "the condition of being together or of sharing similar interests or experiences, as do members of a profession, religion, comradeship".

With all those attributes we are very lucky to have friends. Don't take them for granted but cherish them. They are the ones who phone you up just to chat, ask you if you are O.K., and mean it. Thev are the people who make your world meaningful.

There are people both young and old all over the world including this country who have no friends. There are people living in countries at war. Sometimes, because of the political situation they are frightened to make friends, they trust no one. Isn't that a terrible state to live in or because they are disfigured, some cultures cast out the people like this, or in a foreign country and cannot speak the language. Even a little orphan who we presume is being looked after, needs a friend, a granny, someone to trust, someone to cuddle up to and talk to. I would like you think of them all, the friends, the lost and the lonely, as we say the following prayers.

Would you answer each prayer with 'Lord hear our prayer'

Lord help us to understand the loneliness that is caused by bereavement,
Help us to be there for friends and family who have suffered.
Be with us to help us hold out our hands and hearts in friendship,
Let us realise the love we receive in this church
Let us realise the friends we have made and will continue to make within our parishes.
Please let us accept the hand of friendship without suspicion
Please Lord help us to hold out our hand in friendship, to be taken by someone who needs a friend
And to always remember
It is good to receive but even better to give
Lord help us in our endeavour

Amen"


Connie Mason

June 2012

Corporate Communion Sunday, 3rd June at 10.15 am

There was a lovely, friendly atmosphere at our Coffee Morning on 28 April.  We raised approximately £450, which will enable us to make generous donations to MU charities, as well as covering our expenses.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to this magnificent result.

Afternoon MU Group

At the May meeting Robert Green gave a talk, illustrated with slides, about the history of the Speaking Paper.  This interesting talk was well received and Mr Green answered several questions put to him by members.

As you will know from the programme, our meeting on 18 June will take the form of a lunch.  We will be meeting earlier than usual at 12.30 pm at the Town Hall.  There is no charge for the lunch but it is open to members only.

Ellesmere eMU's

At the May Estelle Parker gave the third instalment of her fascinating talk on the history of St Mary’s Church.  Unfortunately, several members were unable to be at the meeting, so Estelle has offered to repeat this part of her talk at a later date.

The next evening meeting will be on the 21 June at 7.30 pm in St John’s Room, when we will be having a speaker from Save the Family.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

May 2012

Corporate Communion Sunday, 6th May at 10.15 am

The Deanery Festival this year will be at Welshampton church on Wednesday 16 May at 7.30 pm. This is always an enjoyable occasion and an opportunity to get together with members from other MU Branches. I would encourage everyone to attend if at all possible.

Afternoon MU Group

At the April meeting Muriel Rayner gave an illustrated talk about her work in India as part of Voluntary Service Overseas. Muriel went to India under the auspices of the Trefoil Guild. Unfortunately, I was unable to be at this meeting because of a hospital appointment, but I understand Muriel's talk was both fascinating and enjoyable.

The next afternoon meeting will be on 21 May at 2.00 pm in the Town Hall when Robert Green will be giving a talk, illustrated with slides, about the history of the Speaking Paper

Ellesmere eMU's

At the April Meeting Wendy Scott gave a talk about her 2 recent short periods of missionary work in Uganda and Siberia. Wendy showed pictures and answered questions about these 2 very different experiences. It was inspiring to hear about the work being done in a Christian-run orphanage in Uganda and also to learn about work with children and young people over the New Year period in Siberia. In addition, Wendy had just come back from a visit to Egypt where she met Christian groups and was able to learn first-hand of their worries for their future in the changing political circumstances there. The courage of our Christian brothers and sisters who have decided to remain in the country despite their fears of increased persecution is very humbling. I am sure all of us who heard Wendy's talk are very appreciative of her willingness to step into the breach when our published speaker was no longer able to join us.

The next evening meeting will be on the 10 May at 7.30 pm in St John's Room. This is one week earlier in the month than usual because of Ascension Day. Our speaker will be Estelle Parker who will be giving the 3rd instalment of her talk on the history of St Mary's Church.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

April 2012

Corporate Communion Sunday, 1st April at 10.15 am

Several members attended the Women's World Day of Prayer service at the Methodist Church on 2 March. I'm sure those who attended would agree that this was an enjoyable service.

Over 100 posies were made for Mothering Sunday. This was only possible through the generosity of people contributing flowers and greenery and the help given by members in making these.

The Town Hall has been booked for Saturday 28 April for our Coffee Morning. Please put this date in your diary as this is our main fund-raising event of the year.

Afternoon MU Group

At the March meeting it was good to be able to welcome members from Wem, Welsh Frankton and Gobowen Mothers' Union Branches. The speaker was Sue Egerton who gave a talk on the MU Beacon and Marketing. Sue then led us in an exercise on marketing, which was not only useful and interesting, but also gave us an opportunity to work with members from the other branches.

The next afternoon meeting will be on 16 April at 2.00 pm in the Town Hall when Muriel Rayner will be giving a talk about her work in India as part of Voluntary Service Overseas.

Ellesmere eMU's

At the March Meeting Revd Simon Airey gave a talk on Story-telling in Ministry. Simon displayed his talent for story-telling in 3 stories which were all thought-provoking. I found the story Simon told based on a Bible passage particularly moving - it really brought the story to life in a new way.

The next evening meeting will be on the 19 April at 7.30 pm in St John's Room when we have a change to our published programme. Muriel Rayner is no longer able to join us and Wendy Scott has kindly agreed to step into the breach. Wendy has recently done 2 short periods of missionary one work - one in Uganda and one in Siberia - and will be giving a talk about this.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

February 2012

Corporate Communion Sunday, 5th February at 10.15 am

I would like to thank all members who have paid their Mothers' Union subscription for this year (£18), and would ask anyone who has not yet paid to pay these as soon as possible, please.

Afternoon MU Group

The speaker at the January meeting was Rodney Upton who gave a talk on the history of St Mary's bells. It was fascinating to learn about the history of bell making, about the unique nature of British bell-ringing and how the changes are rung.

The next afternoon meeting will be on 20 February at 2.00 pm in the Town Hall when Rob McBride will be giving a talk, illustrated by slides, on Shropshire's ancient trees.

Ellesmere eMU's

The speaker at the January meeting was Rosemary Walker, a Mothers' Union trustee and former Diocesan President, who gave an illustrated talk about the MU Family Life Programme. It was interesting to learn about the many practical ways in which MU improves the lives of people around the world.

The next meeting will be on the 16 February at 7.30 pm in St John's Room when Revd Rosie Bowers, MU Chaplain for Salop, will be leading a Bible Study related to Women's World Day of Prayer.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

January 2012

Corporate Communion Sunday, 1st January at 10.15 am

We did not have a meeting in December, but we did have our Christmas Party on Monday, 12 December at The Black Lion. After an enjoyable meal, the evening was rounded off with a few Christmas poems. It was nice that some members from both the afternoon and evening groups were able to come and, as always, we were glad to welcome the loyal friends who support our events. I hope that everyone enjoyed the evening as much as I did and I would like to thank Connie Mason for all her hard work as the main organiser of this very pleasant occasion.

The subscription for next year will be £ 18 and it would be helpful if this could be paid at the January meeting. Mothers' Union does such important work both here and overseas and I hope that this rather large increase in the subscription will not put members off from joining this year.

Afternoon MU Group

The first afternoon meeting of the new year will be on 16 January at 2.00 pm at the Town Hall when Rodney Upton will be giving a talk on the history of St Mary's bells.

Ellesmere eMU's

The first evening meeting of the new year will be on Thursday, 19 January at 7.30 pm in St John's Room when Rosemary Walker, a Mothers' Union trustee and former Diocesan President, will talking about the MU Family Life Programme. 

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

December 2011

Corporate Communion Sunday, 4th December at 10.15 am

Our programme for next year will be available shortly and this will include details of both afternoon meetings and evening meetings. The Subscription for next year will be £18. While this is rather a big increase, I am sure members will realise that costs have also increased greatly and will want to continue to support the valuable and important work that Mothers' Union does both here and overseas.

Neither the afternoon nor the evening group have a meeting in December, but we do have our Christmas Party on Monday 12 December at the Black Lion at 6.30 for 7.00pm

Afternoon MU Group

The speaker at our November meeting was Mavis Griffiths who gave an amusing and entertaining talk sharing her experiences when she was a young vicar's wife and led the Mothers' Union in her husband's parish.

The first meeting of the New Year will be on 16 January at 2.00pm at the Town Hall when Rodney Upton will be giving a talk on the history of St. Mary's bells.

Ellesmere eMU's

We did not have a speaker at our November meeting but had great fun helping to complete Rose's imaginative project on MU overseas. It was good to have the time to appreciated all the good work Mothers' Union does around the world.

The first meeting of the New Year will be on Thursday. 19 January at 7.30pm in St. John's Room when Rosemary Walker. a Mothers' Union trustee and former Diocesan President, will talk about the MU Family Life Programme.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

November 2011

Corporate Communion Sunday, 6th November at 10.15 am

Once again we had the task of running the cake stall at the Autumn Market. We had lots of beautiful cakes for sale and raised £175 for church funds (slightly more than last year.) Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this excellent result.

Our Christmas party this year will be on the evening of Monday, 12 December at the Black Lion. This consists of 2-course meal, plus coffee, for a price of £11 (with £1 discount for MU members). As always, non-members will be very welcome.

Afternoon MU Group

The speakers at our October meeting were Richard Steer and Ian Williams from the Royal British Legion who gave a very enlightening and informative talk, which gave a good insight into the workings of the British Legion.

Our next meeting is on 21 November at 2.00 pm at the Town Hall when we will be having a talk by Mavis Griffiths.

Ellesmere eMU's

The speaker at our October meeting was Estelle Parker who gave the second instalment of her fascinating talk on the history of St Mary's church and prominent local families.

The next meeting will be on Thursday, 17 November at 7.30 pm in St John's Room when Rose will be continuing her project on overseas branches.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

October 2011

Corporate Communion Sunday, 2nd October at 10.15 am

Once again we have been asked to run the cake stall at the Autumn Market on 15 October. Any offers of cakes and help on the day will be very welcome. It would be great to be able match, or even to beat, last year's magnificent total of £170.

Afternoon MU Group

We did not have a meeting in September, but we did have our mystery outing on 19 September, which went to Hawarden. After an excellent lunch in the tithe barn, which is now used as the church hall, we visited the church of St Deniel where we had a short service of prayers followed by a lively and entertaining talk on the history of the church. We had a short time to look round the church and some intrepid members of our party climbed the tower before our trip was completed by a scenic ride through the Welsh countryside. Thanks to Connie for organising yet another successful and enjoyable trip.

Our next meeting is on 17 October at 2.00 pm at the Town Hall when we will be having a speaker from the British Legion.

Ellesmere eMU's

The speaker at our September meeting was Muriel Rayner from Operation Christmas Child. We did not have a meeting in August and our next meeting will be on Thursday, 15 September at 7.30 pm in St John's Room. I am hoping to have a speaker from Operation Christmas Child, but this has not been confirmed yet.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

September 2011

Corporate Communion Sunday, 4th September at 10.15 am

Afternoon MU Group

We did not have a meeting in July, but we had our summer trip, which this year was to the Flower Festival at Claverley. Although the weather forecast for the day was not particularly good, we managed to stay dry for most of our visit. I think everyone would agree that the floral arrangements in the church were stunning. I would like to thank Connie Mason for all her hard work in arranging this successful trip.

On 15 August we had a short thanksgiving service in Church at 2.00 pm. Rosemary Walker, who is a former Diocesan President gave an inspiring talk showing how the work of Mothers Union really changes life for the better for women around the world. The service was followed by afternoon tea in St John's Room, where we had a draw which raised £35 for the Relief Fund, using as prizes some of the lovely items left over from the tombola stall at our coffee morning in May. I would like to thank Iain Anderson, our church organist, for playing for us at our service, and the MU committee who provided the refreshments.

We do not have a meeting in September but we do, of course, have our mystery trip on 19 September. We will be leaving Ellesmere at 11.00 am and returning to Ellesmere at approximately 5.00 pm. The cost for this trip, which includes lunch, is £18 (with a £1 discount for members). For further details please contact Connie Mason or any MU Committee member.

Our next meeting is on 17 October at 2.00 pm at the Town Hall when we will be having a speaker from the British Legion.

For details of evening MU meetings please see "Ellesmere eMUs" below.

Yours in love and fellowship,

Jo

Ellesmere eMU's

Instead of a meeting in July, we visited the Nantwich Flower Festival, where the flower arrangements were truly breathtaking. We then went for a meal together at the Combermere Arms. I hope everyone who went enjoyed the beautiful flowers, the good food and good company as much as I did.

We did not have a meeting in August and our next meeting will be on Thursday, 15th September at 7.30 pm in St. John's Room. I am hoping to have a speaker from Operation Christmas Child, but this has not been confirmed yet.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

July 2011

Corporate Communion Sunday, 3rd July at 10.15 am

Afternoon MU Group

The speaker at the June meeting was Estelle Parker, who gave a talk on Abednego Mathew, whose plaque is in St John's Room.

Estelle's talk was full of fascinating detail about the family history and life in the 18th and early 19th century.

We do not have a meeting in July, but we do, of course, have our summer trip on Monday, 18 July to the annual Flower Festival at Claverley. We will be leaving Ellesmere at 10.00 am and will leave Claverley at approximately 4.00 pm to arrive back in Ellesmere round about 5.30 pm. The cost for this trip, which includes the entrance fee to the Flower Festival, is £13 (with a £1 discount for MU members).

On Monday, 15 August we will be having a service in Church at 2.00pm. This will be followed by afternoon tea in St Johns Room, when we will be having a draw to raise money for Branch funds. We had some lovely items donated for the tombola stall at the coffee morning and not all of these were won, so we will using some of these as prizes.

For details of evening MU meetings please see "Ellesmere eMUs" below.

Yours in love and fellowship,

Jo

Ellesmere eMU's

Instead of a meeting in June, there was a summer evening walk followed by a drink in the Red Lion. Though we were few in number it was nice to get together in this informal way.

The meeting date in July has also been brought forward by one week to 14 July so that we can visit the Nantwich Flower Festival. The plan is to leave Ellesmere at about 6.00 pm, visit the Flower Festival and then go out for a meal together. I will be contacting members in the near future about arrangements for this.

It has been agreed that we will not be having a meeting in August.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

June 2011

Corporate Communion Sunday, 5 June at 10.15 am

Our coffee morning on 7 May raised over £350 for Mothers Union funds. I'd like to thank all those who donated cakes, plants, or tombola and raffle prizes. Thanks, too, to those who helped on the day and also to everyone who supported us by coming along and contributing to the lively, friendly atmosphere.

The Deanery Festival at Criftins church on 18 May was well attended and I'm sure all those who were there would agree that it was a lovely service.

Afternoon MU Group

The speaker at the May meeting was Revd David Crowhurst who gave us a talk about his life and call to ministry. As always, David, was an entertaining and inspiring speaker.

Our summer trip this year is on Monday, 18 July to the annual Flower Festival at Claverley. We will be leaving Ellesmere at 10.00 am and will leave Claverley at approximately 4.00 pm to arrive back in Ellesmere round about 5.30 pm. The cost for this trip), which includes the entrance fee to the Flower Festival, is £13 (with a £1 discount for MU members).

The next meeting will be on Monday, 20 June in the Town Hall at 2.00 pm when our speaker will be Estelle Parker, who will be giving a talk on Abednego Mathew.

For details of evening MU meetings please see "Ellesmere eMUs" below.

Yours in love and fellowship,

Jo

Ellesmere eMU's

The evening meeting in May began with a short Admission Service for new members and it was nice to have several members from the afternoon group Join US for this and for Estelle Parker's talk on the history of St Mary's, Ellesmere, which was full of fascinating detail. Estelle has such a truly impressive knowledge of the history of the church and the prominent local families, that she was unable to complete her talk in the time available, so we look forward to her coming back to give us part two.

Instead of a meeting in June, a summer evening walk is planned.We will meet as usual at 7.30 pm in St John's Room.

It has also been agreed that in July we will bring the meeting dateforward by one week to 14 July so that we can visit the Nantwich Flower Festival. The plan is to leave Ellesmere at about 6.00 pm, visit the Flower Festival and then go out for a meal together.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo