Celebrating 90 years!

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 5 September 2018, 08:40

Our beautiful banner

Our beautiful banner

Mothers’ Union celebrate 90 years in our Rayleigh Branch. The committee would like to thank everyone who has helped Mothers’ Union at the many different events that have taken place in the past and present. No matter how small or big it was appreciated.

Wow 90 years 1928 – 2018. There is a need to celebrate many years of meeting together, friendship and above all praying and helping others in need. A service of thanksgiving and celebration was held on the 24th July at Holy Trinity. Revd Tracy Nutter led the service. Marian held the Mothers’ Union banner and proudly walked down the aisle. She placed it near the beautiful flowers which had been arranged especially for the service. We remembered our founder Mary Sumner and the life and vision of our founder. Tracy said it makes you wonder what sort of tasks Mothers’ Union would have taken on all those years ago and what it would have been like then. One of the readings was from Luke 10 v 1-9. It reads The Lord appointed seventy-two sending them out in two. He said the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. I expect you are familiar with this reading. Our Rayleigh branch often struggle as times a lot of our members are indoor members through circumstances cannot attend our meetings. We pray that more people will come and join us, so we can continue God’s work.

In the congregation there were guest from other churches and organisations we support. Some of them shared stories of Mothers’ Union. Elizabeth Marshall our Chelmsford Vice-President talked about English for woman, a project to help refuges to come to terms with our language. It started off small but now it has grown, and more volunteers are needed to help assist the teachers. The money donated after the service was given to this project. This year our theme is walking in Mary Sumner’s footsteps as part of the prayers we added our thoughts and prayers writing them down on a foot print which was put on a board.

There was also a symbolic offering. Scarf, hat and toiletries for Seafarers. Baby blankets, and premature baby hats for Southend Hospital Sensory bands for people with dementia for Southend Hospital Toiletries for The Women’s Refuges. Hope Works.

The items were laid on a table and a prayer was said over them. We sung some well-chosen hymns and of course we sung Happy Birthday to MU. After a moving and enjoyable service we all made our way to the hall where we enjoyed afternoon cream tea, sandwiches and home-made cakes. Sylvia cut the cake and the church bell rang, which was such a delight to hear. The bell ringers were a group of ladies who joined us after for tea and cake. We gave the toiletries to our guest Kim who was from the women’s refuge. We have received an email from her saying their cupboard is nearly empty. Thank you.

A Big thank you to everyone who came. Also, Revd Tracy Nutter for leading the service. Alan Appleby for his invaluable help with refreshments. So many of you made it a day to remember. God Bless You All. June Walton.

Presentation in Church

Presentation in Church

Cutting the cake

Cutting the cake

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