St Ninian’s Mothers’ Union

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MU PROGRAMME 2017-18
(All meetings commence at 12.30pm unless shown otherwise)
2017
Sept 19 at 12 noon: Service of Dedication/Open Meeting
Oct 17: A Talk about Ruthwell Savings Bank Museum
Nov 16 at 12 noon: Regional Rally at St John’s, Dumfries
Nov 28: “My Work as Port Chaplain” – Revd Stephen Hazlett
Dec 19: Christmas Party
2018
Jan 16: “The Farne Islands” – Jenny Armstrong
Feb 20: “Cycling the Camino di Santiago” – Linda Scott
Feb 27 at 2.00pm: AGM in the Hall
March 20: A Lent Talk by Bishop Gordon Mursell
April 17: “The Vine Trust” – speaker to be confirmed
May 15: “The Leprosy Mission” – speaker to be confirmed
June 19 at 12 noon: Eucharist and Summer Party
OFFICERS 2017-18
Branch Leader: Mrs Sue Beddows (01556 670286)
Branch Secretary: Mrs Kirsty Allison (01556 504279)
Branch Treasurer: Mrs Jenny Wright (01556 502184)
ABOUT ST NINIAN’S MOTHERS’ UNION
Our local branch of Mothers’ Union was founded in 1999 with only four members; by 2009 that had increased to 46, many of whom are members of other churches in the district.

The first meetings were held in the Rectory but, since the building of the Gordon Memorial Hall in 2001, we have had an ideal venue for our monthly meetings, on the third Tuesday of every month, except July and August.

These monthly meetings generally take the form of a short service in the hall prior to a light lunch of soup and bread which are provided by a rota of the members. Of course there is coffee or tea to follow and then it is down to the business in hand. After that we relax to listen to our guest speaker for the day.

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We have subscribed to several Outreach projects. During the visit of some children from Chernobyl a few years ago, we held some fund-raising events and helped to provide the children with medication, clothes and sundries for their needs, as well as little presents to take home to their friends and relatives.

We have held several table-top sales very successfully to raise funds for MU projects at home and abroad. One of our ongoing projects is to provide toilet bags for the Women’s Aid Refuges in Stranraer and Newton Stewart, for women who have sought refuge from domestic abuse. Our members regularly donate what they can in the way of toilet articles for them and their families.

We also supply “Angel Pockets”, tiny knitted ‘sleeping bags’ for miscarried babies. These are gathered and sent to Dumfries and Galloway Infirmary. Some go to Kilmarnock Infirmary as well.

Healing blankets made by Mothers' Union members

Healing blankets made by Mothers’ Union members

Our latest project which has become very popular, is making “Healing Blankets”. These are crocheted, knitted or sewn, intended as a comfort to anyone who is undergoing grief or stress or illness. They are meant to show the recipients that they are being thought about and prayed for. Each one is blessed by the Rector and contains a little prayer or verse. Anyone who knows of someone who would benefit from these just needs to take one and deliver it to that person. The idea for these came from Kentucky via Alison, our Rector’s wife, after a visit to a church there, where this had been most successful. Some of our congregation have also felt inspired to participate by providing wool, or ribbons to tie up the blankets.

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One of our Sunday School teachers runs a toddlers’ group called “Little Fishes” for mothers or carers who enjoy a get-together and a chat, with plenty of games for the children and refreshment and nibbles for all. Many of our members enjoy taking a turn to make the tea and coffee and serve at the hatch.

As you will see, there are many ways in which we can help others. We all have our own talents and can contribute in some way, however small. The organisation gives us this opportunity and with it comes friendship and a feeling of having done something for others. It must be said that we do manage to enjoy ourselves at the same time!

We hope that our website will attract other members who would be made most welcome at any time. Come along and try us out. Our meetings start at 12-30pm and finish at 3-30pm so there is no need to turn out on a cold winter’s night!

JUNE 2014: SERVICE OF ENROLMENT FOLLOWED BY LUNCH AT THE RECTORY

Newly enrolled members Merle Grant, Sue Beddows, Joint President Liz Woodburn, the Rector, Joint President Jenny Spence, Stephanie Dewhurst and Rosemary Elliot

Newly enrolled members Merle Grant, Sue Beddows, Joint President Liz Woodburn, the Rector, Joint President Jenny Spence, Stephanie Dewhurst and Rosemary Elliot

Alison and David receive 'thank you' presents

Alison and David receive ‘thank you’ presents

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Joint Presidents Liz and Jenny compare notes

Jenny Wright, Marjorie and Merle have cleaned their plates!

Jenny Wright, Marjorie and Merle have cleaned their plates!

Basking in the warm sunshine after a delicious buffet

Basking in the warm sunshine after a delicious buffet

Betsy takes refuge on Alison's lap while Liz looks on

Betsy takes refuge on Alison’s lap while Liz looks on

 

A SELECTION OF PHOTOS TAKEN AT THE CHRISTMAS PARTY IN DECEMBER 2013

Chatting before the food is served

Chatting before the food is served

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Canon David Main enjoying the company …

An orderly queue for the puds

An orderly queue for the puds

And there were plenty to choose from!

And there were plenty to choose from!

Entertainment from Alison

Entertainment from Alison …

... and from Gill

… and from Gill

Liz and Wendy have a giggle ...

Liz and Wendy have a giggle …

... and some are still trying to answer Jenny's quiz questions!

… and some are still trying to answer Jenny’s quiz questions!

 SOME IMAGES FROM THE MU REGIONAL RALLY AT DUMFRIES IN NOVEMBER

Thursday 21 November 2013 - the MU Regional Rally was held at St John's Church, Dumfries

Thursday 21 November 2013 – the MU Regional Rally was held at St John’s Church, Dumfries

Following a delicious lunch provided by the Dumfries MU members, we were entertained by the Lochthorn Ladies Harp Group playing a selection of traditional and some more modern tunes.

Following a delicious lunch provided by the Dumfries MU members, we were entertained by the Lochthorn Ladies Harp Group playing a selection of traditional and some more modern tunes.

Jenny Spence takes a turn at trying to play the clarsach!

Jenny Spence takes a turn at trying to play the clarsach!

MU members and visitors enjoy a delicious soup and bread lunch at the meeting on 19 November 2013. This was followed by a fascinating talk by Judi Duck on her recent visit to Tanzania and Malawi

MU members and visitors enjoy a delicious soup and bread lunch at the meeting on 19 November 2013. This was followed by a fascinating talk by Judi Duck on her recent visit to Tanzania and Malawi

At the May meeting, Mrs Pam Pumphrey from the RSPB gave a talk on ‘Gardening for Wildlife’

“Songs and Stories” – April 2013

Some images from the Rodgers and Hammerstein Musical Afternoon on 24th May 2011, following a delicious lunch of home made soups and cakes, when members and guests were invited to dress up as a character from one of the musicals …

Bass baritone, Carl Wiltse, was invited along to sing some of the solos, which he did with great panache! Marian George accompanied on the piano.

Kath Hutchinson gave a rousing performance of the theme song from ‘Oklahoma’

Alison Bayne sang three numbers, including ‘Hello young lovers’ and ‘I’m gonna wash that man right outa my hair’

Many entered into the spirit of the afternoon and dressed for the occasion:

Jenny Spence and Shirley Tuke

Brian Woodburn

and Elizabeth Woodburn

Penelope Bain (foreground) and Jessie Lockhart

Audrey Pointon

and Canon Main, dressed as Maria, the novice, from ‘The Sound of Music’

In between the solos, Hilda Wallach accompanied everybody in songs from ‘The Sound of Music’. A competition was held when those present were invited to name the characters of those who had come in fancy dress – not that easy!

See Mothers’ Union Archive (right) for more photos of some of our earlier activities.