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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

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