Pakefield Church’s Mothers’ Union meets from 2.00 – 3.30pm in the Church Hall on the third Thursday of each month. They are a friendly group of ladies (although men may also join). Some of them run the monthly Teddy Edward Club in church for babies and pre-school children and their parents. They also host and lead the Living for Life course that we run as part of our marriage preparation course. And two of them are the Diocesan organisers of AFIA (Away From It All) holidays for families who need a break but who can’t afford it.
Roz took the service at our July meeting on the 19th, remarking on our summer weather and the first hymn reflected our thoughts at this time of the year with the familiar shapes in the golden fields like giant swiss rolls with poppies blooming along the edges – “For the beauty of the earth, for the beauty of the skies…”. Prayers followed and then a hymn “Oh Lord my God when I in awesome wonder…”. Sheila L gave the bible reading which was from Genesis.
Whilst the tea team was making ready our special strawberry tea, Anne took the opportunity to give notices. Connie Pigg is about to move outside our parish where she has been a member for over 20 years and we wish her well. Anne sent round a clipboard for members to enter their name to book a place on the coach for our annual Festival Service at Norwich Cathedral, 3rd October, when the speaker will by Lynn Tembey. Meet at 09.00 hours at The Tramway, stop on the way home at Highways Nursery for lunch. Cost £10.
Our next meeting is in church on the 20th September when Sharron will be leading the service and then talking about her career.
One of the most important dates in our calendar is our coffee morning when we raise funds towards various projects run by MU. The date is Saturday 22nd September and Anne appealed for homemade cakes, bric-a-brac, books etc and help to set it all up. Please come along any way to enjoy this time with a friend.
One of the projects mentioned above is AFIA (away from it all holiday). The two Sandras work hard, liaising with Social Workers/doctors/vicars, to provide holidays for those in desperate need of a break. They were rewarded with two letters of thanks from families which benefited from a holiday, upon which Sandra S commented. Members are always pleased to receive news about this project which we support.
Karen had sad news about Joan, one of our members, who is back in hospital again after another fall.
The strawberry tea made a very welcome break. Members’ extend their thanks to all those who made this such a special event, during which time we tackled the quiz.
We look forward to meeting again in September, in the meantime, whatever you are doing, have a safe and happy time.