Mothers’ Union Report – March 12th 2015
The theme for the Mothers’ Union for 2015 is Prayer. As we are in Lent, fifteen of us met in the Derwent Room for a quiet time of prayer and Bible study led by Sylvia Puxty. She started with several prayers and readings and then we were asked how we felt when we had to queue.
We all found it frustrating and she suggested turning those times spent waiting into opportunities for prayer for those around us or situations which concern us.
Sylvia read the story of Lazarus and his two sisters, Martha and Mary who lived in Bethany. We spent time in silence after the reading, concentrating on the words and phrases that we had found meaningful. We discussed why Jesus wept, how we respond when Jesus calls us to do something and how we can help each other walk into greater freedom.
Sylvia ended with prayer and quoted the last few verses of Isaiah chapter 40.
March begins to get busy with posy making for Mothering Sunday on the 14th and as Lent comes to an end, there will be Compline each evening in Holy Week. The church will be decorated on April 4th for Easter. Donations for flowers would be welcomed.
Ripley MU have invited us to a Communion service and lunch on 22nd April at a cost of £5 per person.
Janet Reeve reported that we had sent £50 to ‘Make a Mothers’ Day’ from the collection taken last month. The money would be used to educate and empower women to raise their families and earn money.
We congratulated Joan Baker (11th), Carol Gregson (21st), Val Rennie (25th) and Sue Attenborough (27th) celebrating their birthdays this month.