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.
No meeting in the church hall this month but we were out and about on our annual outing to Peter Beales Roses on August the 8th which was a joyful day, despite the rain. The small coach we were expecting from Belle Coaches was wanted somewhere else which was just as well as members had purchased many plants of all sizes and heights, thus occupying the whole of the back of the coach. Thank you Anne, as ever, for your hard work organising the trip.
The Marriage Preparation day for next year’s weddings was held in church on the 12th August. Members organised and prepared a meal for couples getting married and for Bob, Di and themselves! Bob had brought this event forward so he could officiate and especially to put Di Lammas in the picture as she will be conducting the services. After a talk by Bob and Di on the various aspects of married life, it was time for couples to choose their music, Terry was there on the organ, the Wedding Choir sung appropriate songs and flower displays were chosen, after which lunch was served.
Lunch over; it was the turn of our two facilitators, Marguerite and Pat from MU HQ. ‘Loving for Life’ is a marriage preparation course “…to help couples develop a shared understanding of their future together through exploring their dreams and expectations of married life and by highlighting some of the key issues that being married can raise…”.
Mothers’ Union is a worldwide Christian charity aiming to support families and family life and, with this in mind, the Loving for Life day is a special date in the diary of our membership.
A reminder of our coffee morning on the 9th September, cakes, bric-a-brac, books etc. would be appreciated or simply come and relax with a friend whilst sharing refreshments.
Our next branch meeting takes place on the 21st September and is our annual service in church and a talk by Rev. Marilyn Zipfel.