Mothers’ Union Events
28th February 11.45 – 12.15: Prayers in the Harvard chapel of Southwark Cathedral are being led by the Southwark Cathedral Branch of the Woolwich Area.
The branch meets on Wednesday 7th March at 8 p.m. starting with Compline in the Lady Chapel; Father Gavin will be speaking on his Lent theme.
There will be no meeting in April because it is very close to Easter.
At the monthly meeting on 2nd May Fiona Spargo-Mabbs will be giving a talk on Drugs awareness. Her talk is aimed at Parents with Children and all who would like to hear about the problems that the young experience with drugs. (Fiona lost her son to drugs) She devotes her time to educating children. More details will follow about this meeting.
See below for our 2017 Branch Report
St Augustine’s Grove Park Annual report 2017
Theme: Faith in action
140 years of the Mothers’ Union, 97 years at St Augustine’s
The year started with the A.G.M. on 1st February. Eleven members attended with two apologies. The March meeting was covered by the season of Lent with attendance at Compline and observance of the Lenten Season.
In April, Lydia Sessanger (a member of our branch) spoke of her work in the sensitive area of female genital mutilation. Lydia is a serving police officer who deals with the complex issues around this subject. In 2016 I visited St Christopher’s Walworth and met many enthusiastic members including the curate Mother Mae Christie. In May, Mother Christie spoke to us about her visit to Ghana and her meeting with Mothers’ Union members there.
In June we visited Down House in Downe, Kent. The visit to the former home of Charles Darwin was well attended by members and two guests. Brian Stocks gave a very interesting tour of the extensive gardens. We had a tour of the house and lovely refreshments afterwards.
August saw our traditional bring-and share family picnic in the church grounds. At our September meeting, Jennie Hawes lead a Wave of Prayer service with prayers and readings. Everyone expressed positive feelings about the evening. In October, Father Gavin spoke on his life and times as a parish priest. He always leads an interesting meeting.
Alison lead the November meeting focusing on Christmas Crafts. She brought lots of ideas for us with cards to decorate, cross-stitching etc. Some of us made a Christmas cracker complete wit Joke and snap. The December Christmas lunch was catered by us in the hall and again was a success.
Fundraising and Community
We had a cake sale on Mothering Sunday raising money for funds. Book marks and posies were given out to Mothers. A thanksgiving service was held in late May to celebrate the 97th of our branch. Sue Steel, Comfort Fearon and Katherine Hall were among our guests. We intend to mark the next two anniversaries leading up to our 100 years. At the service we enrolled five new members: Florence, Victoria, Kay, Bridget and Alison.
In February, we held our annual Quiz night. Ann and Maurice hosted this event. It is a very good fundraiser for the Mothers’ Union and everyone has fun along the way.
On Easter Saturday we hold a family egg rolling event. Children arrive with their decorated eggs that are judged for their artistic merit and how far they roll. There is an Easter workshop. Refreshments including sausages in buns and drinks raising money for Mothers’ Union projects. Although not a Mothers Union event, members can be seen leading every aspect.
The year was graced by many family milestones, several became septuagenarians. In September, Lindsey and Graeme celebrated 25 years together with a marriage blessing and the renewal of their wedding vows. They were supported by their son Harrison and it was a joyous occasion, witnessed by family and friends.
Sandie continues to deliver anniversary of Baptism cards, funded by our branch.
Looking over the year always surprises me what has been achieved. We thank our committee: Jenny, Babs, Lindsey, Jean and Kehinde and we give special thanks to Father Gavin for his continued support. My personal thanks to John who keeps me on an even keel and does my typing.
As I was writing this report I received the sad news of the death of Ted. Ted’s foster mother is a Mothers’ Union Member and he was proud to be enrolled as a member himself. He battled his whole life with learning difficulties and several ailments. In his healthier days he loved to represent the branch, carrying the Mothers’ Union Banner.