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Mothers’ Union

On Wednesday 25th September, St Chad’s branch held our 120th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service when the Deanery Chaplain Rev Jane Atkinson preached. Over 50 of us attended, Sheila Watmough enrolled on 14.09.62 and Sue Brownbridge enrolled on 28.09.16 took up the offertory. Enid Nutland presented long service certificates to Sylvia Prentice for 40 years and Jennie Sly for 30 years.
Sue Brownbridge made a celebratory cake for the event and we all enjoyed a selection of homemade cakes after the service. There was a display of photographs over the years. Celebration bookmarks were inside the Service booklet. If you did not receive one, please contact Marian or Dorothy P.
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 27th November when Vic Heaney will Talk the Walk. There will be a raffle. Joyce Smoker’s and Christine Alston’s teams will be the hostesses. They will also make coffee for the Corporate Communion on 3rd December.
Doreen Underwood is collecting for the Christmas lunch which will be on 11th December at North Euston Hotel Fleetwood. The cost is £25. Choices include
• Chef’s Soup of the Day and Fresh Bread Roll
• Smooth Chicken Liver Pate Mixed leaves Onion Marmalade + Brioche
• Melon Ball Kiwi and Berry salad with Lime and Raspberry Dressing
• Balsamic Thyme Mushroom Bruschetta

• Traditional Roast Turkey with all the Trimmings / Orange Glazed Ham
• Fillet of Salmon with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce / Butternut Squash Risotto

• Traditional Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce
• Lemon Curd Parfait with Blueberries/ Trio of Dairy Ice Creams / Selection of British Cheeses, Celery, Grapes and Biscuits

• Coffee, Tea and Mince Pies
Please contact Doreen if you want to join us.

The theme for MU prayers for November is ‘Listen, Observe, Act – in step with God - Hands Across the World

God, your name is known everywhere; all over the earth people praise you. Your right hand is full of goodness. Psalm 48:10
Loving Lord, empowered by your Spirit, may we be united in prayer and worship.
Loving Lord, we come before you now; your family across the world.
Together we bring our worship, together we bring our prayers.
Empowered by your Spirit we offer to you our prayers. We rejoice to be your family as we praise your holy name.
As we celebrate our fellowship may our unity deepen and grow. Draw us together in worship, keep us together in prayer.
Loving Lord, empowered by your Spirit, may we be united in prayer and worship with our worldwide family. Amen
June Challis

Evening Mothers’ Union
Thirteen of us enjoyed watching Alan Banes’ presentation about ‘Romantic Musicals’. My evening was made as there was a snippet of ‘Summer Holiday’ with Cliff. Everyone enjoyed themselves singing along to some of the romantic songs.
Our next meeting will be on November 12th when Father John McGuckin will talk about the Orthodox Church. Jenny Aston and May Waterland will be our hostesses. We will also have a raffle.
June Challis

One of the Mothers’ Union Programmes is Literacy and Financial Education.
This is one of the most cost-effective literacy programmes in the world. The MU trains community volunteers as literacy facilitators, who are then equipped to run literacy circles in their own community.

Beginning in 2000 the Literacy and Financial Education Programme (LFEP) was designed to give a holistic approach to empowering some of the most marginalised communities in the world. The programme uses participatory methods to enable communities to acquire basic literacy and numeracy skills whilst discussing and planning action on their daily issues and challenges.
In Burundi and Sudan/South Sudan Mothers' Union members have brought literacy learning to over 20,000 women and men in just over a decade. Thanks to generous funding from Comic Relief and a strong working relationship with Five Talents, our LFEP groups are stabilising family and community life.
All literacy circles and savings groups are open to everyone, crossing the boundaries of religion, age, gender or tribe, enabling community unity. This programme has been especially effective in reaching those who are the most marginalised in society including groups previously discriminated against such as the Twa pygmy tribe in Burundi and displaced communities in Ethiopia, Sudan and South Sudan.
These groups enable communities to share so much more than just basic educational skills. The programme specifically focuses on building knowledge and skills in business development and community savings groups for its members. As a result, women are now gaining financial independence, have more autonomy to manage their lives and are participating in household decision-making as well as community politics and leadership. One of the huge achievements that has been seen is that as women are given education and value through the groups, attitudes towards them gradually change. Both genders discuss together the positive contributions of women and realise how much more women can do than raise a family and run a home. Contributing to the family income as a result of learning has seen many women enjoy greater equality in their married relationships.
June Challis

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