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Reflections from September 17

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Monday, 2 October 2017, 19:06


Reflections from September

Let us pray for all those people who are suffering from drought, flooding, malnutrition and disease. Especially those in Yemen, USA, Bangladesh and Myanmar. Not officially linked to Myanmar, but we are still close to the people at this time and it is more important than ever to stand with them. To pray for them and their work. We need to show the ... read more

 Posted: 2 Oct 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

St Anselm

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 20 September 2017, 17:24


St Anselm

Anselm was born in 1033 near Aosta, a Burgundian town close to the border with Lombardy. Little is known of his early life although it is recorded that, when a child, he had a miraculous vision of God on the summit of the Becca di Nona near his home, with God asking his name, his home and his quest after which he shared bread with him. Anselm then ... read more

 Posted: 20 Sep 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Reflections from August 17

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Monday, 4 September 2017, 22:27


Reflections from August 17

Daphne Gilbert was a dedicated member of the Mothers' Union right up to the day she passed away, she had been an active member of St Mary's MU but had become a diocesan member once the group had closed. Daphne's funeral service was beautiful and she wanted the collection taken at the service to be donated to the Chelmsford Mothers' Union. Lynda Bo ... read more

 Posted: 4 Sep 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

St Anthony of Padua.

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Saturday, 26 August 2017, 19:46


St Anthony

Saint Anthony of Padua, born Fernando Martins de Bulhoes (1195-13 June 1231), also known as Anthony of Lisbon, was a priest and friar of the Franciscan Order. He was born and raised by a wealthy family in Lisbon, Portugal, and died in Padua, Italy. Noted by his contemporaries for his powerful preaching, expert knowledge of scripture, and undying lo ... read more

 Posted: 26 Aug 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Funeral Eucharist for Bishop John

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 21:07


Bishop John will be sadly missed

Hundreds gathered in Chelmsford Cathedral on Monday 7th August 17 for the Funeral Eucharist of the much loved and respected Bishop John Wraw who sadly lost his three-year long fight against his illness on 25th July 17. The Service was conducted by Bishop Stephen Cottrell. The service began at 1.00pm with a few words of welcome by the Dean. The serv ... read more

 Posted: 8 Aug 2017 | There are 1 comments | make a comment / view comments

Daphne Gilbert Obituary

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Saturday, 5 August 2017, 13:24


Daphne Elizabeth Gilbert

Daphne Elizabeth Gilbert's funeral was held on the 4th August 17, in St Mary's w St Leonard's Church in Broomfield. Revd Carolyn conducted the service. Daphne had been a life-long member of St Mary's Church, the spiritual home she loved. Daphne was dedicated to the church, she had a good life and was a woman of great faith. Revd Carolyn said how lo ... read more

 Posted: 5 Aug 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Reflections from July 17

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Tuesday, 1 August 2017, 08:42


Reflections from July 17

If you want to download the Mothers' Union quarterly newsletter yourself and print it in full colour you will be able to, by clicking on the PDF file I have added at the end of the article. Go to blog and find MU newsletter no 3 I really enjoyed Monday afternoon just sitting out in the sun-filled garden at Pleshey retreat house. I chose to sit in ... read more

 Posted: 1 Aug 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

St Augustine of Canterbury.

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Monday, 31 July 2017, 16:40


St Augustine

Augustine was a Benedictine monk and prior of St. Andrew's monastery on the Coelian Hill in Rome. Being aware of Augustine's gifts and talents, Pope Gregory the Great appointed him to missionary work in England. As a result of a number of wars and pagan invasions the church in England became divided into groups of small Christian communities. The ... read more

 Posted: 31 Jul 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Rene Damery Obituary

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 14:21


Rene Damery

It is with much regret that I publish the death of Rene Damery whose funeral took place on 10th July 2017. Rene was very much a people’s person and and had been very active in the life of St Edward’s Church in Romford, Essex. She became enrolled in the Mothers’ Union in 1972 and was always ready to support the meetings and gather ... read more

 Posted: 19 Jul 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

MU Retreat at Pleshey 17

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 12 July 2017, 09:31


Listening to the birds singing

The Chelmsford Mothers Union held its annual retreat on 26th and 27th June in the beautiful surroundings of Pleshey. The two-day retreat was overseen by Revd Carolyn Tibbott, who is the Vicar of St Mary's Church in nearby Broomfield Village. The event was very enjoyable and Revd Carolyn gave us plenty to think about, especially after hearing all ab ... read more

 Posted: 12 Jul 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Reflections from June 17

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 13:51


June 2017

Look out for a MU Quiet day at Clare Priory on Friday 22nd September from 10am to 3pm organised by Jane Richardson, Branch Leader, Great & Little Tay Mother's Union, if you want to know more contact Jan Richardson on 01206 221481 or email john.richardson195@btinternet.com Blessed with the amazing gift of language the Apostles went out and bega ... read more

 Posted: 4 Jul 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

St Swithin

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 28 June 2017, 11:24


St Swithin

Whatever the weather, on the 15thJuly we celebrate St Swithin’s Day. St Swithin was an Anglo-Saxon Bishop who died around 862. He is said to have been a Bishop at Winchester Cathedral when Winchester was the capital of the kingdom of Wessex. Very little is known about his life and there is very little mention of him in records for that time ... read more

 Posted: 28 Jun 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Reflections from May 17

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Friday, 2 June 2017, 18:30


Reflections from May 17

MU TREASURER The diocesan treasurer is standing down in October 2017 so be they a MU member or not we need someone to fulfil this important roll. If you, or you know someone who would be willing to take on this task please get in touch with our President Judith Meaden. I wanted to join a faith based organisation and after reading about Mothers' Un ... read more

 Posted: 2 Jun 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

St Julian of Norwich

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Tuesday, 30 May 2017, 16:14


St Julian of Norwich

St Julian of Norwich withdrew from the world and lived a lonely life of prayer and humiliation. She was probably born around 1342 until her demise around 1416. Her book ‘The Revelations of Divine Love' is what she is best known for. It is reputed to be the first book written by a woman and it is widely acclaimed as one of the greatest classic ... read more

 Posted: 30 May 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Reflections from April 17

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 13:14


Reflections from April 17

MU TREASURER The diocesan treasurer is standing down in October 2017 so be they a MU member or not we need someone to fulfil this important roll. If you, or you know someone who would be willing to take on this task please get in touch with our President Judith Meaden. If you want to download the newsletter yourself and print it in full colour you ... read more

 Posted: 3 May 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

St Christopher.

posted by: Joan | on: Saturday, 29 April 2017, 21:46


St Christopher

St Christopher - Name meaning: Christ-bearer. There are several legends associated with the life of St Christopher and the most popular variation is derived from William Caxton’s version of the “Golden Legend”. According to the legendary account of his life Christopher was initially called Reprobus. He was from Canaan, he was ... read more

 Posted: 29 Apr 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

MU Council April 17

posted by: Joan | on: Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 13:05


Our main speaker from Broxbourne Food Bank

Around 80 people met together in St Cedd’s Hall for an evening meeting of MU Council. It was lovely once again, to meet and greet friends who we may only ever see on occasions like this. It was also good to be able to catch up on all the recent happenings in and around the Diocese. The meeting began at 8pm sharp with Judith our President we ... read more

 Posted: 26 Apr 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

My Comforter

posted by: Joan | on: Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 11:19


The Last Supper

Listening once again to the Passion Narrative it never fails to move me emotionally, especially after a week when we heard of the death of innocent babies being gassed by indiscriminate bombing, an ordinary man, a policeman who died after being stabbed whilst doing his everyday job, by some equally sad and misguided individual, and now the sad, sad ... read more

 Posted: 12 Apr 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Reflections from March 17

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Monday, 3 April 2017, 16:55


Reflections Mar 17

MU TREASURER The diocesan treasurer is standing down in October 2017 so be they a MU member or not we need someone to fulfil this important roll. If you, or you know someone who would be willing to take on this task please get in touch with our President Judith Meaden. Your help is Vital for the relief of famine in South Sudan if you would like t ... read more

 Posted: 3 Apr 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

St Cedd

posted by: Joan | on: Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 18:15


St Cedd

St. Cedd was born in 620 into a noble Northumbrian family, the eldest of four brothers. Together with his brothers he entered the school at Lindisfarne Priory where they studied under Bishop Aidan. They continued their education in Ireland and subsequently they were all ordained as priests. In 653 Cedd was sent by Bishop Finan of Lindisfarne to te ... read more

 Posted: 22 Mar 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Reflections from February 17

posted by: Joan | on: Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 11:04


February 17 Reflections

Please continue to pray for our sisters in Myanmar as well as our sisters in our new link diocese of Owo, Doko, South Sudan, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, and the Military Episcopate Kenya. From Lucy, Flavia and Pam - Chelmsford MU Overseas Team. Judith Allen had been life-time member of the MU, and had served as a Branch Leader and Deanery Pres ... read more

 Posted: 1 Mar 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

King Charles the Martyr.

posted by: Joan | on: Saturday, 25 February 2017, 16:45


King Charles the Martyr.

King Charles 1 ascended to the English throne on March 27, 1625 and was already at loggerheads with the Puritans. He took a high view of church governance and worship, demanding compliance with the Book of Common Prayer and taking a traditional view of the importance of the sacraments. He was a great believer in the episcopacy which alienated him f ... read more

 Posted: 25 Feb 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Judith Allen Obituary

posted by: Joan | on: Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 10:57


Judith Allen

It is with great sadness that we must announce the death of Judith Allen. She was a long-time member of Cathedral Branch of the Mothers’ Union and had served as Branch Leader there, she had also been the Deanery Presiding Member. She supported and had belonged to The Mothers’ Union for many, many years and had held a variety of roles. S ... read more

 Posted: 8 Feb 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Reflections from January 17

posted by: Joan | on: Thursday, 2 February 2017, 14:26


Reflections Jan17

Wishing All our dedicated MU Members a truly wonderful year ahead 2017 – May your lives be filled with good health, quiet, inner-happiness and contentment. Pray for others as you do for yourselves… The Mothers’ Union Newsletter is all about you. Your birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions. Your worries, your troubles, yo ... read more

 Posted: 2 Feb 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

St Francis

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Saturday, 21 January 2017, 11:05


St Francis

Although Francis is remembered today for his life of poverty and as a champion of the poor and needy he was once a young man who lived a playboy existence at the expense of his wealthy parents. Before Italy became a unified nation in the mid-19th century frequent wars broke out between the independent cities and states. In 1201 war broke out bet ... read more

 Posted: 21 Jan 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Reflections from December 16

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Friday, 6 January 2017, 11:30


December 2016

There is nothing more special than Mothers’ Union members getting into the Christmas Spirit through food, fellowship and fun, for they are constantly aware of the fact, that there are many people in the world who cannot enjoy such luxuries. When Rev’d Jane Bradbury arrived at our church, declaring she was a Mothers’ Union member, ... read more

 Posted: 6 Jan 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

9 Lessons and Carols

posted by: Joan | on: Saturday, 24 December 2016, 21:05


'Away in a Manger'

We went to our regular church for the usual 9 lessons and carol service, just as we have done in more years than I can remember. Of course it was truly beautiful, the church was packed, warm and cosy, the nine lessons were superbly read and the usual carol singing was beautiful. It was all so familiar that I hardly looked down at the service sheet ... read more

 Posted: 24 Dec 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

St Lucy

posted by: Joan | on: Sunday, 18 December 2016, 11:23


St Lucy

St Lucy, also known as Lucia of Syracuse was a young Christian martyr who died during the Roman persecution under the Emperor Diocletian. Lucy is said to have been the daughter of a rich nobleman who died when she was young. Her mother, a pagan, wanted to arrange a marriage between Lucy and a rich pagan man. Lucy had committed her life to Christ a ... read more

 Posted: 18 Dec 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Reflections from November 16

posted by: Joan | on: Thursday, 1 December 2016, 11:47


The Light of the world

Let us pray: for the innocent men, women and children of war-torn Mosul A small girl approached a lady saying she was lost. Once her mum had been found the lady asked the child why she had sought help from her, Well, said the girl, you are wearing the same MU badge as my mum! The Kohima Epitaph. When you go home tell them of us and say; for your ... read more

 Posted: 1 Dec 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Saint Stephen

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Friday, 25 November 2016, 15:14


Saint Stephen

St Stephen is traditionally venerated as the first Christian martyr who was, according to the Acts of the Apostles, a deacon in the early Christian church. He is believed to have been a Greek Jew who converted to Christianity. Stephen is mentioned in Acts 6 as one of the deacons selected to participate in a fairer distribution of alms to the widow ... read more

 Posted: 25 Nov 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Remembrance Sunday 2016

posted by: Joan | on: Tuesday, 15 November 2016, 21:39


We will remember them...

It’s always a privilege for us to attend the annual Remembrance Sunday Services held at our regular churches. Sunday 13th was a beautiful, crisp, autumn day, with the sun’s rays making everything appear clear, bright and special. Most churches in this diocese probably saw more people than usual attend the service and were perhaps pleas ... read more

 Posted: 15 Nov 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

 Reflections from October 16

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Tuesday, 1 November 2016, 16:30


October 16

Pray for us: Please keep Jamaica and the Cayman Islands in our prayers particularly at this time as Hurricane Matthew approaches. From Yesterday: How powerful are the prayers that can calm the raging storm? Thanks, be to God… We must continue to pray for all God’s children as they struggle against the relentless tornado Matthew. ... read more

 Posted: 1 Nov 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

St Leonard of Noblac.

posted by: Joan | on: Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 16:19


St Leonard

St Leonard of Noblac... Leonard of Noblac (466 - 559 A.D.) was a popular Saint during the Middle Ages in Western Europe, but the account of his life is regarded as historically unreliable because nothing was written until the 11th century. No doubt his popularity was due to the large number of miracles and help attributed to his intercession. When ... read more

 Posted: 18 Oct 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Jesus Christ is Waiting?

posted by: Joan | on: Thursday, 13 October 2016, 14:48


Jesus Christ is Waiting...

Jesus Christ is Waiting? At Broomfield’s Parish Church on 9th October we started our 10.30am Eucharist Service with one of my all-time favourite hymns. To me, the words are profound and the tune reflects the poignant verses so beautifully. Jesus Christ is Waiting – He sits and eats alone like so many millions of people. Old or you ... read more

 Posted: 13 Oct 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Urgent prayer request

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Monday, 3 October 2016, 08:09


Please pray for us...

Urgent prayer request... We have been asked to keep Jamaica and the Cayman Islands in our prayers particularly at this time as Hurricane Matthew approaches. Our contact, Sandra, has told us that the country are preparing for the hurricane with boarding schools being evacuated and guidance being given about where to stay to keep safe. There is a Men ... read more

 Posted: 3 Oct 2016 | There are 1 comments | make a comment / view comments

Reflections from September 16

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Sunday, 2 October 2016, 20:14


September 16

Reflections from September 16 And Jesus said: Whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. Luke 14: 27. Creator God, we thank you for the beauty of your creation, and for the animals that share our lives, we pray for compassionate hearts so that we may care for them always. A Special Thank You to all those people who j ... read more

 Posted: 2 Oct 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

St Edmund the Martyr.

posted by: Alan Vine | on: Thursday, 15 September 2016, 17:54


Saint Edmund the Martyr

St Edmund the Martyr. According to the Royal Society of St George, George became patron saint of England when King Henry V led the English army to its famous victory at Agincourt on 25th of October, 1415. Previous to this Edmund the Martyr was our patron saint. Edmund was born on Christmas Day 841 AD and was crowned King of East Anglia in the year ... read more

 Posted: 15 Sep 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Reflections from August 16

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Saturday, 3 September 2016, 10:17


August 2016

Let us not forget all those men, women and children who have lost their lives over the summer holidays through terrorist attacks, let us also pray for those who are grieving for their loved ones. Dorothy Wells spent most of her adult life dedicated to the Mothers' Union, let us celebrate her life and be inspired by her devotion. What I love about ... read more

 Posted: 3 Sep 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

St John the Evangelist

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Friday, 26 August 2016, 21:40


St John the Evangelist

St John the Evangelist, the Beloved Disciple, was the youngest of the Apostles and as a result is usually depicted in sacred art as being beardless unlike the others and in da Vinci’s painting of the Last Supper John looks very young. The authorship of the Johannine works (the Gospel of St John, the Epistles of John and Revelation) has been ... read more

 Posted: 26 Aug 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Reflections from July 16

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 3 August 2016, 08:48


Reflections from July

Somme 100 – May we never, ever, glorify war, only may we glorify the peace that thousands of men and women in two world wars gave up their lives for Congratulations to all the Mothers' Union members who have received long service certificates in this 140th Celebratory Year Show me the way dear Lord that I might follow, but stay close behind ... read more

 Posted: 3 Aug 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

St Alban.

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 10:03


St Alban

St Alban is revered as the first recorded British Christian martyr. Along with fellow saints Amphibalus, Julius and Aaron, Alban is one of four martyrs recorded in Roman Britain. Very little is actually known about St Alban, the major sources on his life were written long after his death and even the year that he died is disputed, various account ... read more

 Posted: 27 Jul 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Reflections from June 16

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Sunday, 3 July 2016, 20:02


Reflections for June

Give me ears to hear oh Lord - Give me eyes to see today - Give me hands to do your will - And feet to walk in your way. Let us pray for Carol Gumbleton as she starts her journey as Chelmsford Deanery Chairperson. Let us also pray for all the dedicated members who give freely of their time and energy to further the work of the Mothers’ Unio ... read more

 Posted: 3 Jul 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

St Mary.

posted by: Alan Vine | on: Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 13:09


St Mary

With the exception of Jesus, Peter, Paul and John we probably know more about the Virgin Mary than almost everyone else in the New Testament. We know her husband Joseph, we know her cousin Elizabeth and her husband Zechariah and regularly in church services we sing Mary’s Song of Praise, the Magnificat, which is taken from Luke’s gospel ... read more

 Posted: 28 Jun 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

A real 'Wave' of Prayer

posted by: Lucy Bubb | on: Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 11:44


Shenfield MU with Lucy Bubb - Overseas Team

In my article in the recent copy of Roundabout, I asked branches to take pictures of themselves waving to send to our new link diocese so that they know we are thinking about them and praying for them. You will be aware that our Wave of Prayer links have changed this year but we are still continuing, albeit informally, to pray for our links with H& ... read more

 Posted: 22 Jun 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Happy 90th Birthday

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Saturday, 11 June 2016, 09:03


Happy Birthday from us all

The Queen of England has been a patron of the Mothers Union since 1952 I am sure we have all be inspired and touched by the way the Queen has demonstrated how important it is to have shown such dedication over the years to not only her Christian faith, but to her family, her country and the commonwealth. I am sure you will all join us here in the ... read more

 Posted: 11 Jun 2016 | There are 1 comments | make a comment / view comments

Reflections from May 16

posted by: Joan | on: Thursday, 2 June 2016, 14:45


Beauty in sight and sound

The Christian sees through kinder eyes-like Jesus. He gives from a bigger heart-like God and he speaks with a purer tongue-like Christ. From: Bible Illustrations. Judith Meaden and a congregation of almost 50 people where at St Catherine’s in Gosfield, to help the Gosfield Branch of the MU celebrate their 80th Anniversary - Congratulations! ... read more

 Posted: 2 Jun 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

St David

posted by: Alan Vine | on: Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 11:30


St David

How much do we actually know about St David? Most of what we do know comes from a biography written around 1090 by Rhygyfarch, son of the Bishop of St Davids. The exact date of his birth is unknown, but is said to have been around the year 520 and was reputedly born on a Pembrokeshire clifftop during a wild thunderstorm. Both of his parents were d ... read more

 Posted: 18 May 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Reflections from April 16

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Monday, 2 May 2016, 11:20


April thoughts

Watch your thoughts; they become words...Watch your words; they become actions...Watch your actions; they become habits...Watch your habits; they become character...Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.. Judith Meaden our Diocesan President is passionate about the work of the Mothers Union and always manages to leave her listeners inspire ... read more

 Posted: 2 May 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

MU Council: April 2016

posted by: Joan | on: Monday, 25 April 2016, 13:03


All set for MU Council.

Many MU members met together on Monday for Council at the Cathedral. Our President Judith has re-organised the annual meeting so that we have a speaker in the morning rather than the afternoon which suited many of us better. At the meeting we started with a greeting from Judith and the sad news of the very recent death of Dorothy Wells… The ... read more

 Posted: 25 Apr 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

St George

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 20 April 2016, 18:22


St George Hall, Liverpool - Photo by Neil Adams from flickr

I think that the majority of us are well aware of the story of St George, the Roman centurion who was executed for refusing to renounce his Christian faith. According to the Royal Society of St George, George became patron saint of England when King Henry V led the English army to its famous victory at Agincourt on 25th of October, 1415 so he has s ... read more

 Posted: 20 Apr 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Reflections from March 16

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Friday, 1 April 2016, 16:33


One Peace in the World

Mothering Sunday. Although we like to think of pink, fluffy hearts and flowers for our mothers on Mothering Sunday, in fact, mothers have to have very strong and enduring hearts to be able to withstand all that life throws at them. Reverend Peter Smith said that we gather to celebrate, give thank and to be inspired by God as we seek to follow him ... read more

 Posted: 1 Apr 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Maundy Thursday

posted by: Joan | on: Thursday, 24 March 2016, 21:03


The Way of the Cross

Of course we all know about Maundy Thursday but I thought it might be nice to recall what happens at the Maundy Thursday service. Maundy Thursday is the name given to the day on which Jesus celebrated Passover with his disciples; also know as the Last Supper. It falls on the Thursday before Good Friday, and Christians use this as a time to reflect ... read more

 Posted: 24 Mar 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Judith’s Commissioning.

posted by: Joan | on: Sunday, 20 March 2016, 17:30


Judith's Commissioning

I am delighted to say that I have had some more photographs sent to me of Judith’s Commissioning on 15th March 2016 by Bishop Stephen. The first photo sent to me by Peter Baker is a delightful picture of Judith’s actual commissioning. Peter sent two lovely photos of the interior of Holy Cross and St Lawrence parish church, they are a lo ... read more

 Posted: 20 Mar 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

St Patrick

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Thursday, 17 March 2016, 13:24


St Patrick

Patrick! A most celebrated Welshman - Patrick was born around 386 A.D. to wealthy parents but his actual birthplace is uncertain. Some scholars believe that he was born in South Wales around the Severn estuary or at St Davids in Pembrokeshire. Little is known about his early life, but it is believed that he was captured and sold into slavery by a g ... read more

 Posted: 17 Mar 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

The Commissioning of Judith Meaden as Diocesan President

posted by: Peter Baker | on: Wednesday, 16 March 2016, 14:28


Bishop Stephen, Revd Carter and Judith Meaden

The Commissioning of Judith Meaden as Diocesan President and Officers for the Triennial which was held at Holy Cross & St Lawrence Church Waltham Abbey was a truly wonderful and uplifting service, said Doris and Peter Baker from St Mary’s Church in Broomfield. The service was also a celebration of 140years of the Mothers’ Union. Bi ... read more

 Posted: 16 Mar 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

'A Celebration of Faith'

posted by: Joan | on: Tuesday, 15 March 2016, 13:47


Waltham Abbey Church

The Abbey Church of Waltham, Holy Cross and St Lawrence is the parish church of the town of Waltham Abbey, Essex. It has been a place of worship since the 7th century. The present building dates mainly from the early 12th century and is a fine example of Norman architecture. To the east of the existing church are traces of an enormous eastward enla ... read more

 Posted: 15 Mar 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Mothering Sunday

posted by: Joan | on: Wednesday, 9 March 2016, 10:44


Our Mothering Sunday flowers.

How did you celebrate Mothering Sunday at your church? Our church was packed here at St Mary’s in Broomfield filled with families all eagerly awaiting their flowers, however, prior to that we had a talk given to us by Revd Carolyn regarding the famous painting by Rembrandt called ‘The return of the Prodigal Son’ reminding us tha ... read more

 Posted: 9 Mar 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Reflections from February 16

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 2 March 2016, 10:49


The 'Way'

Just in case you missed the February 2016 reflections: At Meet the President in the Barking area, Judith spoke of all the thousands of people all over the world that benefit from the work of the MU saying how none of this work would be possible if it were not for all the MU’s faithful members. Joan We sat Discussing how thoughtful and gener ... read more

 Posted: 2 Mar 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

What four?

posted by: Joan | on: Sunday, 21 February 2016, 16:55


What's it all four?

What is this for? Well, during this season of Lent I though you might like this short reflection, There are 4 points to the cross. The base that points to earth. The crown that points to heaven. The right-hand beam that points to mankind and, The left-hand beam that points to the planets. There are 4 reasons why God came to earth To save tho ... read more

 Posted: 21 Feb 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

St Valentine

posted by: Alan | on: Sunday, 14 February 2016, 17:44


Sent with love.

The celebrations of St Valentine’s Day are steeped in myth and legend; indeed the motives behind the day’s creation and even the saint himself has been shrouded in controversy and doubt. The first official St Valentine’s Day was declared on 14th of February by Pope Galasius in 496 A.D. It is believed that Valentine rose to promin ... read more

 Posted: 14 Feb 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

This Season of Love

posted by: Revd Marion Williams | on: Saturday, 13 February 2016, 09:36


Love for the unloved...

This is the season of love, roses and cards. Balloons, chocolate and cakes are all there in the media to remind us of love. However, this season like many festivals in our Christian Calendar can make many people sad, because they are vulnerable and alone or just lonely. This season can be difficult for many people... The love we seek, the recogniti ... read more

 Posted: 13 Feb 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Reflections from January 16

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Monday, 1 February 2016, 13:18


Think in these,,,

Wishing all our members: in the Chelmsford Diocese a very exciting, New Year as we prepare to celebrate 140years of Mothers' Union. Joan New Year Greetings: sent to all Chelmsford Mothers' Union members from your new President Judith Meaden God won’t care what path you took to reach his kingdom, he will want to know how many people you help ... read more

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St Paul

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 20 January 2016, 12:58


St Paul

St Paul - The Travelling Salesman of Tarsas: Saul was born in Tarsas in 5 A.D. a city in eastern Asia Minor (modern day Turkey) within the Roman Empire and although he was Jewish Paul was also a Roman citizen, the status that gave him many rights and privileges. Probably the most important of these was the right to appeal decisions of lower courts ... read more

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Reflections from December 2015

posted by: Joan | on: Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 18:59


December Reflections

Advent : We travel through Advent as forgiven people, lifting our faces towards the light. Let us walk together in hope, in faith and in love. Amen. Taken from the Deanery Advent Service led by Revd Jane Anderson A prayer for peace in our world: Make your ways known upon earth, Lord God, your saving power among all peoples. Renew your Church in ho ... read more

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Makes me stop and think!

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 30 December 2015, 14:48


My cup runneth over

It’s almost the end of 2015 and I trust that like me, you too look forward to a brand new year to come. And, just as in other years, after all the hectic preparations for umpteen Church services before and on Christmas day, and then for all the home and family hosting and visiting on and after the big day I usually take the few quiet days aft ... read more

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Happy Christmas!

posted by: Joan | on: Tuesday, 22 December 2015, 16:42


Happy Christmas to you all...

Keep a look out for many more news items on the Chelmsford Mothers’ Union website in the New Year. I hope to upload lots of articles about local MU activities, as well as interviews with members, updates on our overseas links and new branch openings. I hope to bring you information on Saints, inspirational thoughts and ideas, prayers, poems a ... read more

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There but for Fortune

posted by: Joan | on: Sunday, 13 December 2015, 15:28


just how many silver serviette rings do you want anyway?

The other day I was sitting reminiscing about some of our Christmas’ past. Once all our preparations for Christmas were complete Joan and I would go out for a meal and have a couple of hours to ourselves on Christmas eve at a local restaurant. One year in the mid ninety’s we decided, for a change, to go to the West End of London. Afte ... read more

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St Nicholas

posted by: Joan | on: Wednesday, 9 December 2015, 11:54


St Nicholas

The story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara, which is now on the south coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus’ words to “sell what you own and give the money to the p ... read more

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Deanery AGM & Advent Service.

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Tuesday, 1 December 2015, 13:41


Carol thanked Janet for her years of service.

The Chelmsford Deanery AGM began promptly at 10.30am with the arrival of the Deanery Chairman Mrs Janet Pettifer. Following prayers said by Revd Jane Anderson, apologies were noted and the minutes of the pervious meeting where briefly discussed. The Deanery Chairman gave her report and the Treasurer’s report was circulated and clarified. The ... read more

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Reflections from November 2015

posted by: Joan | on: Tuesday, 1 December 2015, 12:04


November Reflections

Reflections’ is a quiet area that I hope will give us spiritual rest and peace or will perhaps inspire us to do something wonderful every day: Don’t worry if something you enjoyed reading disappears, for once a month I will gather all the ‘Reflections’ together and put them on the News and Views page where you can see them a ... read more

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Stand Together

posted by: Joan | on: Wednesday, 18 November 2015, 08:36


Our prayers are for the people of France.

I feel sure I can speak for all of us when I say how saddened we are at the news of the devastating carnage which occurred in France last Friday. So much dreadful news virtually on our own doorstep is even more chilling for us all. Therefore, I felt it only right and fitting to contact the French branch of the Mothers’ Union to send them our ... read more

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Reflections from October 2015

posted by: Joan | on: Monday, 2 November 2015, 22:25


October Reflections

Just in case you missed the Reflections from October:--- Hilary Shallis said that Jill Evans was a wonderful lady and she was passionate about the Mothers' Union. Hilary added that she had lost a very dear friend in Jill but her life had been made all the richer for having known her…. I am sure many of us feel the same...Joan Everything w ... read more

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Jill Evans Obituary

posted by: Joan | on: Saturday, 31 October 2015, 11:30


Jill's qualities were quietness and stillness. - Photo by Valerie Thompson

Jill Evans Obituary. Jill joined Mothers’ Union in 1969. She had a young baby and was unable to attend the afternoon meetings of the Branch at Ingatestone where she and her husband Gerald then lived, so she became an Indoor Member. The chief activity of these members is prayer and this was something at which Jill was so very good. When circu ... read more

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Pastoral Care.

posted by: Joan | on: Wednesday, 21 October 2015, 18:46


When there's no where else to turn...

Most churches hold a special All Souls service at the beginning of November so that those of us who are grieving can remember and pray for close family members who have passed from our lives and our world, those who we have loved but no longer see. Many also take this opportunity to visit the graves of their loved ones. All Souls day is closely as ... read more

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A Big Thank You.

posted by: Joan | on: Monday, 19 October 2015, 16:48


It wasn't the easiest website to manage, but Mike did! Thank you.

On behalf of the Trustees, Judith Meaden, Pauline Briggs and all the members of the Mothers Union in this diocese I would like to thank Revd Mike Ketley, for setting up the MUChelmsford.org.uk website in 2010 when Marion Ketley became our MU President; Mike continued to manage the website right up to Aug/September of this year. The website was a d ... read more

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October – Must Read

posted by: Joan | on: Thursday, 15 October 2015, 14:46


October in a nutshell

You must read October’s Faith and Policy Watch document – It’s jam-packed with information on the work of the Mothers’ Union. Faith Reflections talk of the Political Conference season with the new leaders looking to move forward on the main challenges of the 21st century. To help them and us a beautiful Franciscan Benedict ... read more

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Harvest Festival - Oct 2015

posted by: Joan | on: Saturday, 10 October 2015, 23:25


People were so generous.

We had a wonderful Harvest Festival Service this morning at our church. It was great to see the church so packed with people. We were delighted to see quite a few of our newly baptised babies there too with their parents so we were all able to welcome them into the family of the church with lots of applause. When the congregation was invited to bri ... read more

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