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April 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

March 20th, 2pm, at the Town Hall, our meeting began with Mothers' Union afternoon prayers led by the vicar, Revd Philip Edge. This was followed by a very informative and interesting talk on, "Who was St. Chad", by the Revd Simon Airey. A vote of thanks was given by Mrs Margaret Johnson-Williams and teas were served by Mrs Thelma Ireland and Mrs Heather Wright.

Our annual Mothers' Union Coffee Morning will be on May 6th, 1Oam-12 at the Town Hall, when we will have our "homemade cake stall", plus plants and various other stalls. Please do your very best to come along and bring your friends.

The "Deanery Festival" will be held at Welshampton this year on May 17th, details to follow.

Our Summer Outing will be on Monday, June 19th to Colwall Church. Mary Sumner the founder of the Mothers' Union movement was married at Colwall Church and we will be hearing a talk on her life and enjoy a guided tour of the Church which will be followed by afternoon tea. The cost of the outing including the afternoon tea will be £16.00, the bus will be leaving Ellesmere at 9.30am, for tickets and details please contact Mrs Connie Mason 01948 780309.

Our next meeting, a talk by the Revd John Vernon "Through Holy Week to Easter — the way of the Cross" will be on April 10th, 2pm at the Town Hall

Yours with love,

Ann

 

March 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

February 20th, our AGM, was held 14.45pm at the Town Hall prior to our afternoon meeting. The annual reports were read out, the Secretary's Report, the Treasurer's Report and the Branch Leaders Report.

This was followed by a talk "Heron Watch" by Edward Bevan of "Shropshire Wild Life". Edward gave a most informative talk about the Herons nesting on Moscow Island Ellesmere mere, which for those of us living in Ellesmere was most appropriate as it is on our very own doorstep, with cameras high up in the trees, slides and a video of the nesting herons, the effs and the chicks, were shown, all in the beautiful setting of the surrounding mere.

Teas were served by Mrs Phyllis Dean and Mrs Judith Wadhams.

Our next meeting 'Who was St. Chad" by the Rev. Simon Airey will be on Monday March 20th, 2pm at the Town Hall

Yours with love,

Ann

 

Mothers' Union Programme 2017

The Mothers' Union Programme 2017, St Mary's Church, Ellesmere, Shropshire

January 16th 2.00pm Talk 'Leap of Faith' by Jeremy Stretton.
Teas: Mrs C. Mason & Mrs S. Francis
February 9th 2.40-3.00pm

Wave of prayer 14.40-15.00 S. John's room

February 20th 2.00pm AGM followed by Heron Watch by Edward Bevan
Teas: Mrs P. Dean & Mrs J. Wadhams
March 3rd Women's World Day of Prayer
7.30pm The Convent
March 20th 2.00pm Talk 'Who was S. Chad' by The Revd Simon Airey 2.00pm
Teas: Mrs T. Ireland & Mrs T. Garvin
March 26th Mothering Sunday
April 10th 2.00pm

Talk 'Through Holy Week to Easter - the way of the cross' by The Revd John Vernon
Teas: Mrs J. Richardson & Mrs E. Lloyd

May 6th

Coffee Morning 10.00-12.00 at The Town Hall

May 15th Talk 'The last port of call' by Ann Harris
Teas: Mrs K. Meeks & Mrs J. Feeney
May 17th Deanery Festival at Welshampton at 2.30pm
June 19th Summer Outing
July 17th Talk by The Revd Linda Cox
Teas: Mrs V. Thomson & Mrs D. Leigh 
September 18th MU Outing
October 17th 2.00pm Talk by the Rev'd Philip Edge
Teas: Mrs H. Wright & Mrs J. Williams
November 20th 2.00pm  Talk 'To dream the impossible dream - my life long journey in aviation' by the Nigel Francis-McGann
Teas: Mrs M. Goulbourne & Mrs M. Williams 
December 4th Christmas Meal 

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)

 

January 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

December 5th was the final date on our Mothers' Union Calendar for 2016 with our Christmas Meal held at the Boathouse in the Brownlow Room, we had a delicious two course Christmas Meal, Grace was said by the Vicar Rev Philip Edge and was finished with the Carol, "Once in Royal Davids City". Many thanks to Connie for arranging yet another excellent party.

Members of our Mothers' Union helped by the Sunday School made and donated 50 Christingles for our special Christingle Service, attended by the Archdeacon of Salop, the Ven. Paul Thomas held at St. Mary's Church on December 18th in aid of The Childrens Society.

Our new programme for 2017 begins on January 16th at The Town Hall 2pm with a talk "Leap of Faith" by Jeremy Stretton.

I look forward to seeing you all and wish everyone a very Happy New Year.

Yours with love,

Ann