Mothers’ Union

Twenty five members attended the AGM in February when we presented Dorothy with a vase engraved with the MU logo on a plinth inscribed with the years she has been St Chad’s Branch Leader. As most of you will know, we now have a shared leadership with Marion Gee and Dorothy Procter responsible for the afternoon meetings and Barbara Rowland for the evening meetings. Dorothy will continue as Treasurer and I will be Secretary but we would like volunteers to shadow us so that they could take over those jobs. Canon Martin Keighley was thanked for chairing the meeting

Our meeting in April will be our visit to St John the Baptist‘s Church MU at Pilling on Wednesday 25th April to see a variety of embroidery items produced for church worship including stoles and altar cloths. We will leave at 2pm from the Vicarage Park Community Centre on Vicarage Road. We will be told about the embroidery and then will have afternoon tea and returning at about 4.30pm. Please remember that £15 for the coach and afternoon tea needs to be paid by 10th April.
Corporate Communion will be on Tuesday 1st May when we will need volunteers to make coffee.

The theme for MU prayers for this month is ‘Resurrection power’.

Just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Romans 6:4

Risen Lord, we marvel at your resurrection power which frees us from the chains of death and gives new life in Christ.

We praise you for loosening the grip of sin and selfishness
that we may live anew in Christ.

Fill us with fresh purpose through your resurrection power
that we may share your love with those who live in darkness;
that we may share your peace with those who live in fear;
that we may share your joy with those who live in sorrow.

Risen Lord, dwell in us that we may live in the power of Christ.
June Challis

Evening Mothers’ Union
At our meeting on Tuesday 13th March, fifteen of us heard about the work of Street Angels from Camilla and David. It was an interesting and inspiring meeting. We admired the commitment of our speakers and their team of volunteers in patrolling the centre of Blackpool on Friday and Saturday nights from 9pm to 3am, offering hot drinks, safety and pastoral care.

We look forward to our meeting on 10th April at 7.30pm when Pat Ascroft will talk about Wild Argyle.

Advanced Notice
On Tuesday 10th July I have booked a visit to Jacqueline Iddon’s Garden at Bretherton, which has a hot Mediterranean garden with bottle wall and folly for sun loving plants. There is a Victorian fern house and a walled garden and a woodland walkway for shade loving plants and a large stream fed pond planted with a wide range of unusual foliage & flowering plants, alongside climbing roses, clematis, shrubs & herbaceous borders. There is a large garden studio and conservatory with indoor seating as insurance against the weather. This will be the EMU’s group outing but will be brought forward to arrive at Bretherton about 5pm

We will be leaving Poulton at 4pm and will have afternoon tea when we arrive followed by time to have a look around. We plan to leave between 7.15 and 7.30pm. It will cost £22 and this must be paid by Tuesday June 19th.

June Challis

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