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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

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

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

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