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.
Our service at the meeting on the 19th October was based on the themed services – The Edinburgh International General Meeting 2017 (which Anne attended) “Peace and Reconciliation” – to stand up to justice and peace – and the MU Festival service at Norwich on the 4th October – “Faith in Action” – supporting those whose lives have met with adversity. The hymns reflected these themes. Di then enrolled Denise and Shirley into membership and members welcomed them. The bring and buy raised £7.00.
Norwich Cathedral was well attended with 32 banners paraded and then on to Highways for lunch and shopping.
Struggling over the humming of members trying to get the first line of a hymn when the quiz Anne had prepared entitled “Know Your Hymns” only gave a line within the hymn, Anne eventually gained everyone’s attention to give notices.
The committee had met to discuss how to distribute the £430 raised at the coffee morning and those benefiting are: AFIA, MU Emergency Fund and the Teddy Edward Club. Sandra B reported regarding AFIA that fourteen couples were going on holiday at half term and that next year it was hoped to accommodate those children affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
Anne reported on the Edinburgh General Meeting; “A group of 8 members from the Norwich Diocese, including our Diocesan President, Marguerite Phillips, travelled by train and stayed at a Premier Inn conveniently situated halfway down Princes Street in the heart of the City. They attended a service of Festal Evensong at St Mary’s Cathedral with approximately 2,000 others reporting that the choir and organist were in fine form and the building resounded with joyful music.
Many of the 2,000 members attending the Edinburgh International Conference Centre for the General Meeting were from overseas. The day included times of worship and the address was given by Worldwide President, Lynne Tembey, and Canon Sarah Snyder spoke on peace and reconciliation. The rest of the day was free to explore Edinburgh. Anne reported that they returned home tired but pleased to have been part of such a special event.
The next meeting is on the 16th November and is a talk given by Matt Gooch on Carlton Marshes. Anne would like to collect the subscription charge at that meeting. This is £26.00, please make cheques payable to ‘Pakefield Mothers’ Union’ or cash.
Our next branch meeting takes place on the 21st September and is our annual service in church and a talk by Rev. Marilyn Zipfel.