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October 2013

Mrs K Meeks 01691 623155

Our Mystery outing in September was a great success. We had an excellent lunch at the Broughton Arms, Balterley, then onto St. James Church, Audley where we were made very welcome by their Mothers' Union and Church members, who showed us around and gave us a talk about the Church.

The existence of this Church is first documented in the Foundation Charter of Hulton Abbey (Staffs) in 1223. The South aisle contained a Lady Chapel by 1369 and was the original site of the Brass to Sir Thomas Audley, a second Brass was set on the North wall of the Chancel, originally the Chancel Floor, commemorates William Abnett (d1628) of Wynbrook House in Audley.

Refreshments were given by Audley Mothers' Union. Mary gave the vote of thanks on behalf of all the travellers and to Connie for all her hard work in organising the trip.

Our next meeting is on 21st October at 2pm, when we will be having a talk and slides by Save the Family member.

Yours in fellowship,

Kath Meeks

September 2013

Mrs K Meeks 01691 623155

We had our July meeting in the Town Hall. We were very grateful to Fr. Philip who gave an exploratory and most interesting talk into prayer.

We did not have a meeting in August this year, but hope to continue with our Church service in 2014.

Our Mystery Outing on September 16th will leave Cross Street at 10.30am. We will be back in Ellesmere by 5.00pm. The cost of £22.00 will cover the cost of the coach and a two course lunch with tea or coffee and is open to non members. The closing date for tickets is September 10th. For further details please contact Connie on 01948 780308.

On October 21st the meeting will be at the usual time of 2.00pm. We will be having a talk with slides by 'Save the Family' member Karen.

Yours in fellowship,

Kath Meeks

June 2013

Mrs K Meeks 01691 623155

After the sad loss of our dear leader Jo, we the committee will continue with the running of the Mothers' Union, each one taking on a little extra, and hope that it will work until such a time that a leader will come along. We will do our best with Gods help.

Mothers' Union Coffee Morning

Mothers' Union Coffee morning in April was a big success. Thank you to everyone who supported us. We made £425 + £105 from the sale of Jo Beveridge's plants and cushions, making a total of £530.00

Afternoon Mothers' Union Group

The Rev'd Tom Farrell was the speaker at our May meeting. Tom talked about his time when he was an Evacuee at Lyneal coming from Liverpool. Then in 1956 when he ran in the Melbourne Olympics, then on to Rome where he was eliminated and finished at the Munich Olympics as a Pastor, it was all really interesting.

June 17th is our Members Lunch at the Boathouse 12.30 for 1.00pm

Yours in fellowship,

Kath Meeks

May 2013

Mrs K Meeks 01691 623155

Many of you will already know that Jo Beveridge who for many years had been Branch Leader of Ellesmere Mothers' Union passed away on Saturday 6th April. Jo was committed to the work of the Mothers' Union in all its aspects, especially its Adult Literacy Projects and was concerned that it should have a future. For this reason in addition for her work as branch leader, she also set up an evening Mothers' Union group for those who found afternoon meeting inconvenient. Jo was an inspiration to us all and will be greatly missed. So it is fitting that we thank God for Jo, and remember her husband Bill, Daughter Rachel and family in our prayers.

Lady Day Service, 8th April

Rosemary Horton welcomed 8 members to St. Matthews Church, Criftins and gave a moving dedication to Jo Beveridge.

Afternoon Mothers' Union Group

Meg Wilkes was the speaker for our April meeting. We all found it very interested on Counselling. Meg put it over with props. The next meeting will be on May 20th, when the Rev'd Tom Farrell will give a talk

May 22nd Deanery Festival at Welsh Frankton 7.00pm

Yours in fellowship,

Kath Meeks

April 2013

Corporate Communion

1st March was the Womens' World Day of Prayer. The Theme was 'I was a Stranger and you welcomed me', by the France MU. It was a good service and well supported, with tea and cakes afterwards. Thank you to all who helped make it such a success.

10th March. Mothering Sunday, a lovely service 100 posies were made. Thank you to all who helped make the posies.

We had our afternoon meeting on Monday 17th March. Ann Harris gave a very interesting talk and showed scrap books about our Mothers' Union Past and Present. A lovely afternoon was had by all.

Our next meeting is on 15th April when Meg Wilkes will give a talk on Counselling.

April 8th is the Lady Day Service at Welsh Frankton.

April 20th is our Coffee Morning, 10am - 12 noon in Ellesmere Town Hall.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Kath Meeks

January 2013

Corporate Communion Sunday, 6th January at 10.15 am

We did not have a meeting in December, but we did have our Christmas Party at The Black Lion. After an enjoyable meal, the lunch was rounded off by singing a few Christmas carols. 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 lunch 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.

I would also like to thank everyone who helped make Christingles. It's true that many hands make light work and it was great to have the help of St Mary's Club.

The subscription for next year will be £18 and it would be helpful if this could be paid at the January meeting, as we have to pay all subscriptions over to the diocese before the end of February. The next afternoon meeting will be on 21 January at 2.00pm at the Town Hall, when the speaker will be the new Methodist Minister, Revd Sue Altree.

The next evening meeting will be on 17 January at 7.30pm at the Vicarage, when Anne Edge will be giving us a talk on Hope House.

I wish you all a very happy New Year.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

December 2012

Corporate Communion Sunday, 2nd December at 10.15 am

There are no MU meetings in December, but we do, of course, have our Christmas Party on 8 December at 12 noon for 12.30 pm at the Black Lion. The cost will be £10 for 2 courses plus coffee and a mince pie. Money will need to be in by Sunday, 2 December.

Afternoon MU Group

The Revd Revd Simon Airey was the speaker at our November meeting. Simon spoke about setting up Under Tree Schools for both boys and girls in southern Sudan during the civil war when it wasn't feasible to build schools. School buildings have been completed since South Sudan has become independent. These schools now teach girls only because the schools provided by the government only educate boys. Simon spoke movingly about the hardships endured during the civil war and told us about the warmth and hospitality of the people.

The next afternoon meeting will be on 21 January at 2.00pm at the Town Hall, when the speaker will be the new Methodist Minister, Revd Sue Altree.

Ellesmere eMU's

Our social evening plus a cooking show on 15 November was a great success. Members and friends had the chance to use "Pampered Chef' products and to taste the dishes prepared during the demonstration. It was an enjoyable evening; £75 was raised for MU funds and well over £100 worth of items of kitchen equipment was bought for "Save the Family" to pass on to families leaving their care.

The next evening meeting will be on 17 January at 7.30pm in St John's Room.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

November 2012

Corporate Communion Sunday, 4th November at 10.15 am

I'd like to say a big "thank you" to everyone who helped to make such a success of the MU cake stall at the Autumn Fayre. We made £143, which is a magnificent contribution to Church funds.

On 15 November the evening MU group are having a social evening plus a cooking show. The aims of this are to try to encourage more people to join MU, to raise funds for MU, and to help Save the Family provide packs of basic kitchen equipment for families leaving their care. There will be a cookery demonstration using "Pampered Chef" kitchen equipment, an opportunity to use some of the equipment, and a chance to taste the items cooked. Pampered Chef products will be on sale, but there will be absolutely no obligation or pressure to buy. Pampered Chef will give MU a percentage of the value of items sold. All members and friends of MU would be very welcome.

The date for our Christmas Party is different from the date in the programme and will now be on Saturday, 8 December at 12 noon for 12.30 pm at the Black Lion. The cost will be £10 for 2 courses plus coffee and a mince pie. Money will need to be in by Sunday, 2 December at the very latest. For details of menu choices please contact Connie Mason or any MU Committee member. As always, non¬members are very welcome to attend this event.

Afternoon MU Group

The Revd David Ash was the speaker at our October meeting. David asked members about ambitions that they had fulfilled or would still like to fulfil. David then went on to speak about ambitions which he had fulfilled including singing in a large choir, acting on a London stage and, after working in youth and social work, being ordained as a priest.

The next afternoon meeting will be on 19 November at 2.00pm at the Town Hall, when our speaker will be Revd Simon Airey who will be talking about Health and Education in South Sudan, prior to the civil war.

Ellesmere eMU's

The speaker at our October meeting was Muriel Rayner who 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 and gave US a faScinating insight into life in India and her work helping in a creche for the children of itinerant building workers.

The next evening meeting will be the social evening/cooking show on 15 November as mentioned above and will be at 7.30pm in St John's Room. Please come and bring your friends.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

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