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May 2011

Corporate Communion Sunday, 1st May at 10.15 am

Fran Butler was the speaker at the afternoon MU meeting and gave us a talk about Guiding. In addition to learning a lot about the modern Guide movement, members were invited to contribute their memories of Brownies, Guides and Rangers in the past.

Those of us who were able to go to the Lady Day service at Welsh Frankton would agree that it was, as usual, a lovely service, followed by an equally lovely afternoon tea.

About 130 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 from both the day and evening MU (together with some St Mary's Club members).

The Deanery Festival this year will be at Criftins church on 18 May at 7.30 pm. This is always an enjoyable occasion and I would encourage everyone to attend if at all possible

Please remember to come and bring your friends to our Coffee Morning at the Town Hall on 7 May from 10.30 am - Entrance £1.

The next meeting will be on Monday, 16 May at the Town Hall at 2.00 pm when Revd David Crowhurst will be giving a talk.

Yours in love and fellowship,

Jo

April 2011

Corporate Communion Sunday, 3 April at 10.15 am

At our afternoon meeting in March, Christine Howard gave a talk and demonstration on flower arranging. Christine's talk was full of useful ideas and tips and the beautiful arrangements she created for us were raffled off to members. This raised £9.50 which will go to the "Make a Mother’s Day" project.

Several members attended the Women's World bay of Prayer service is at the Convent on 4 March. I'm sure those who attended would agree that this was an enjoyable service.

The Town Hall has been booked for a Coffee Morning on 7 May from 10.30 am. Entrance is £1 and we hope to have a cake stall, a plant stall and a tombola, as well as a draw. Any contributions or offers of help would be very welcome, but, most important of all, please come and bring your friends.

The next afternoon meeting will be on Monday, 18 April at the Town Hall at 2.00 pm when the speaker will be Fran Butler who will be giving us a talk on Guiding.

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

Yours in love and fellowship,

Jo

Ellesmere eMU's

At our meeting in March, Ben Mayho, the Schools Christian Worker gave us a very informative talk about his journey to faith and about the work his is doing in local schools at both primary and secondary levels. It was very heartening to hear about this important work.

Several members attended the Women’s World bay of Prayer service is at the Convent on 4 March. I'm sure those who attended would agree that this was an enjoyable service.

The Town Hall has been booked for a Coffee Morning on 7 May from 10.30 am. Entrance is £1 and we hope to have a cake stall, a plant stall and a tombola, as well as a draw. Any contributions or offers of help would be very welcome, as would ideas for additional stalls, but, most important of all, please come and bring your friends.

The next evening meeting will be on the second Monday of the month, 14 April, in St John’s Room at 7.30 pm. We do not have a speaker for this meeting, but Rose will be facilitating a fun evening investigating the work of MU around the world.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

February 2011

The speaker at our afternoon meeting in January was John Field who gave us a talk on the history of Oswestry Christian Bookshop. It was fascinating to hear how John related this to his own personal journey of faith. John kindly brought a selection of items that are on sale at the Bookshop to show members the range of goods available.

The evening meeting this month was a social evening with drinks and nibbles, and I hope those who attended enjoyed it as much as I did. It was really encouraging to welcome several people who are new to Mothers Union.

I would like to thank all members who have paid their Mothers Union subscription for this year (£15), and would ask anyone who has not yet paid to pay these as soon as possible, please.

The next evening meeting will be on Thursday, 17 February in St John's Room at 7.30 pm. Our speaker for this meeting will be Gill Corp who will be talking about the Women's Refuge.

The next afternoon meeting will be on Monday, 21 February at 2.00 pm at the Town Hall when the speaker will be the Revd Rosie Bowers who is MU Chaplain for Salop.

Yours in love and fellowship,

Jo

March 2011

Gill Corp was the speaker at our evening meeting in February and she gave a very interesting and informative talk about the local Womens Refuge and the Refuge movement nationally. Gill provided some disturbing statistics that underlined the need for places of safety for victims of domestic violence.

The speaker at our afternoon meeting in February was the Revd Rosie Bowers who is MU Chaplain for Salop. Rosie outlined how her faith Journey led her, eventually, into ordained ministry.

I would like to remind members about the Womens World Day of Prayer service, which is at the Convent on Friday, 4 March at 7.30 pm (please contact Kath Meeks on 623155 if you need a lift), and also about the Lady Day service on 25 March at Welsh Frankton Village Hall at 2.30 pm

The next evening meeting will be on Thursday, 17 March in St Johns Room at 7.30 pm. Our speaker for this meeting will be Ben Mayho, Schools Christian Worker.

The next afternoon meeting will be on Monday, 21 March at 2.00 pm at the Town Hall when the speaker will be Christine Howard who will be giving a talk on flower arranging.

Yours in love and fellowship,

Jo

January 2011

We did not have a meeting in December, but we did have our Christmas Party on Monday, 13 December at La Belle Vie. 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.

Our programme for next year is now available and for the first time this includes details of evening meetings as well as afternoon meetings. The next afternoon meeting will be on 17 January at 2.00pm at the Town Hall when the speaker will be John Field who will be talking about the history of the Oswestry Christian Bookshop.

The first evening meeting of the New Year will be a social evening with drinks and nibbles on Thursday, 20 January in St John's Room at 7.30 pm.

Mothers' Union subscriptions for next year will be £15. As we have to collect and pay these over by February, it would be very helpful if members could bring their money to the January meeting.

With best wishes for 2011, yours in love and fellowship.

Jo