Sowing the Future Together
A trip to Chesterfield on Tuesday 14th October for the Mothers’ Union Derby Diocesan Conference.
Over 200 members met to hear Lynne Tembey, our Worldwide President (Lynne has been in post for 22 months).
After introductions Canon David Perkins led us in a sing-a-long beginning with Moving in the Light of God, The Grand Old Duke of York (yes, the nursery rhyme!) and some folk songs. A really different start to the conference which lightened up the day, given as it was so dark and rainy.
Lynne Tembey spoke on the MU theme – growing, sowing and celebration – learning from each other. She took the verse from 1. Peter ch. 2 v. 5 – ‘You are living stones that God is building into his spiritual Temple’. Every MU member is a living stone chosen by God. We are called to be a disciple in the service of others.
We sang a South African verse ‘Mayenziwe ntando yakho’ (Your will on earth be done, O Lord).
The next sentence was very powerful to me.
Faith and love, the door of faith is always open, we simply need to go through it willingly.
Lynne gave us examples of her travels with overwhelming welcomes, in Kenya, Barbados (with 100 years of witness) and Burma (where she had met a lady who was 104 years old).
This year she had travelled to Ireland, Scotland, the South of England and here in Derbyshire to name but a few places.
The unity we share through Christ and our membership; we can see a ripple effect through our Church and our membership.
‘All this day, O Lord, let me touch as many lives as possible.’
There was a break for lunch with time to buy raffle tickets and visit the stalls – tea/coffee, card stall, delicious desserts, Bring and Buys.
Canon David Perkins returned with his guitar to lead us in a variety of songs once more. He is part of the ‘Travelling People Band’ who have a gig on the 1st of November at the Conservative Club in Heanor.
The Rev. Julian Hollywell ended the day with prayer.
Our Deanery ran the raffle and we made £191 so thank you to those who donated the prizes.
A very uplifting conference – a lovely day.