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MU May Newsletter

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 1 May 2024, 08:05


May Flowers

Thoughts from your President, Maxine Paul: What a busy time we are having at the moment! It only seems like yesterday that I was writing an Easter message and now we’ve already almost reached Ascension Day. I do want to encourage you to take part in “Thy Kingdom Come” from Ascension Day to Pentecost (see below) and pray for five f ... read more

 Posted: 1 May 2024 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

MU December Newsletter

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Saturday, 2 December 2023, 08:21


December News...

Thoughts from your President, Maxine Paul I do hope those of you who came enjoyed the service and AGM at the Cathedral last month. How lovely it was to see so many of you there and to come together to worship, to share what has been happening during the year and to look to the future. It was also such a privilege to have Bishop Lynne with us and ... read more

 Posted: 2 Dec 2023 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

MU November Newsletter.

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Thursday, 2 November 2023, 13:38


Lest we forget...

Thoughts from your President, Maxine Paul: What a busy and exciting month I’ve had – Apart from visiting some of the branches I dashed through during my “Summer of Hope” Challenge which is always a privilege, I was also privileged to represent CDMU, along with VP Rose, at the consecration of the new Bishop of Bradwell at W ... read more

 Posted: 2 Nov 2023 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Upshire MU Coffee Morning. 

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Friday, 18 August 2023, 08:20


Pom, poms galore!

On 29th July 2023, Upshire Mothers' Union branch held a Coffee Morning to raise money in support of the Summer of Hope Appeal. We had all been busy making cakes for the event. A couple of our members, made many more cakes to enable us to have a cake stall alongside our Bring and Buy stall, Raffle, Pom Poms for sale (inspired by the Hope appeal to ... read more

 Posted: 18 Aug 2023 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

News from Jamaica and the Cayman Islands

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Tuesday, 13 June 2023, 11:25


Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands

We have just received the latest IMPC Newsletter from Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, it seems that as the summer progresses, they are having to brace themselves for the hurricane season, as they have been warned of strong storms. Our sisters in the Mothers’ Union there are being advised to stocking up on food, water and medication. Through t ... read more

 Posted: 13 Jun 2023 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Transformation – Now!

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Monday, 12 June 2023, 10:45


Transformation - Now!

The President’s Challenge for 2023 is to use the prayer and information in the Diocesan letter received in May, as creatively as you can. Remembering the three Re-Imagining MU pledges of: Engaging with your clergy to broaden the awareness of MU, travelling well together with them in their parish role and thanking them for the support they giv ... read more

 Posted: 12 Jun 2023 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Summer of Hope campaign

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Monday, 12 June 2023, 10:37


Summer of Hope campaign 2023

This year, our prayers, are again needed for people, wherever they live in the world whether they are experiencing the tragedy and trauma from conflict, violence or natural disasters or just struggling with the everyday stresses of modern-day life. This summer, our focus is turning Hope into Action, giving us the chance to pray together hoping to b ... read more

 Posted: 12 Jun 2023 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

MU June Newsletter

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Friday, 2 June 2023, 09:17


Joyous June

Thoughts from your President, Maxine Paul: After, the celebrations for the Coronation, I had a lovely break cruising around Ireland in May and I am now feeling refreshed – thank you, Lord. It was lovely to be able to join Thurrock Deanery for their festival service the day before my cruise and to see many of you at the May Council meeting ... read more

 Posted: 2 Jun 2023 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Eco Kitchen: Dairy

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Monday, 22 May 2023, 09:20


Dairy products not to be wasted

Dairy products are all the foods made from milk. Not eggs, even though eggs are often associated with dairy products they are a separate entity altogether, so I will deal with eggs in the next Eco Kitchen. Dairy products consist of milk, cheese, butter etc. Lots of dairy products are thrown out each day of the week, so to be eco-friendly we have t ... read more

 Posted: 22 May 2023 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

MU May Newsletter

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 10 May 2023, 16:17


May Newsletter

Thoughts from your President, Maxine Paul: Here we are in May – Easter is behind us, as with the Coronation and we have a Summer of Hope to look forward to, not forgetting our May Council meeting on 24th May. In between now and then, I’m off on one of my cruises and the break will be very welcome! Since Easter, Secretary Kathryn and I ... read more

 Posted: 10 May 2023 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

A prayer for the Coronation of King Charles 111

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 3 May 2023, 07:53


King Charles 111 Coronation

On this special occasion, in particular for members in Britain & Ireland and the Commonwealth, as we celebrate the Coronation of King Charles 111 and pray for his reign. This moment is also a reminder of God’s call on us all, wherever we live in the world, both to pray for those in authority over us and to recognise that we are subjects o ... read more

 Posted: 3 May 2023 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Eco Kitchen: Fruit

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Friday, 14 April 2023, 18:09


Fresh Fruit, so good for you.

I honestly believe that if we could look back at stone-age peoples’ diet we would find that, apart from the odd animal that was caught, cooked, and consumed, most of their food would come from forests, bushes, trees, hedges and fields. After all, fruit might drop but it can’t run so anything growing would be easy to pick and eat… ... read more

 Posted: 14 Apr 2023 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Easter Greetings and April Newsletter

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Friday, 31 March 2023, 09:30


Easter Blessings

Happy Easter to all Chelmsford Mothers’ Union Members: I am delighted to let you know that we have available the Monthly Newsletter from our MU President Maxine Paul and a special Easter Greeting from Sheran Harper, A.A. Mothers’ Union World Wide President. Both greetings are long so I have just given you a taste of their words below, ... read more

 Posted: 31 Mar 2023 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Mothering Sunday Bookmarks

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Tuesday, 21 March 2023, 09:06


Beautiful bookmarks on Mothering Sunday

The members of the Mothers' Union at Waltham Abbey church gave out beautiful bookmarks to all who attended the Service on Sunday to mark Mother’s Day. The bookmarks held those wonderful verses from 1 Corinthians 13: v 4-6 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it i ... read more

 Posted: 21 Mar 2023 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Eco Kitchen: Salad

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Friday, 17 March 2023, 19:51


Salads are so good for you.

Salad! Do you eat salad vegetables daily? Or do you only put out a dish or bowl of salad if you are expecting company? Fresh salad vegetables are wonderful, beautiful, refreshing and extraordinarily good for your health. Another great thing about salads is the fact that because they are so low in calories you can eat masses of salad without the con ... read more

 Posted: 17 Mar 2023 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

MU March News

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Tuesday, 28 February 2023, 08:17


Rainham Branch

Thoughts from your President, Maxine Paul: I have been meeting with loads of members at various events during February – there’s been 2 members events, a branch visit to Waltham Abbey, Redbridge Deanery Tribute Day and Clacton, St James AGM – something different at each one too. Quiet, contemplative crafting for Transformation &nd ... read more

 Posted: 28 Feb 2023 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Eco Kitchen: Vegetables

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Friday, 17 February 2023, 10:37


Veggies: So full of goodness.

For our introductory Eco Kitchen I offered a general chat about the purchase and storge of our precious food. Food prices have risen sharply over the months and I am sure you will agree when I say that none of us can afford to waste our money. Nevertheless, it seems (according to national statistics) that almost the same amount of food is being thr ... read more

 Posted: 17 Feb 2023 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

MU February Newsletter:

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Friday, 3 February 2023, 10:38


English for Women

Thoughts from your President, Maxine Paul: Dear Members and Friends, I have been so busy getting back into the swing of MU after Christmas and New Year and preparing for the up-coming Members’ Days that I almost forgot to write my February message to you all! In the course of my preparations, I am updating the display boards for 2023 and it h ... read more

 Posted: 3 Feb 2023 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Monthly e-newsletter – January 2023

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Thursday, 5 January 2023, 12:54


Happy New Year 2023

Thoughts from your President, Maxine Paul: Here we are at the beginning of another New Year – I can no longer use the excuse that I am a new president, but I feel I still have so much to learn about you and from you all and that is exactly how it should be – it would be a very boring world if we all knew everything about each other wou ... read more

 Posted: 5 Jan 2023 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Christmas: Trees

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Monday, 19 December 2022, 20:17


The three Christmas Trees

Once upon a time, there were three tall majestic trees growing on a hill. The first tree said that when he was cut down, he wanted to be made into a beautiful, ornate treasure chest that would hold many precious jewels like, diamonds, rubies, gold. The second tree said that when he was cut down, he wanted to be made into a stately cruise liner, in ... read more

 Posted: 19 Dec 2022 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

STOP!

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Friday, 25 November 2022, 09:06


captio16 Days

STOP: These two weeks highlighted the International days for the elimination of violence against women: Please use these prayers and reflections, one for each day. Sat 10th Dec 22: ‘International Human Rights Day’ Pray what we may bring and respect into the small and hidden places, to those who feel unvalued and unseen. ... read more

 Posted: 25 Nov 2022 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Queen Elizabeth II

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Friday, 9 September 2022, 14:39


May she rest in peace and rise in glory

Reflecting on the sad death on Thursday of our Dear Queen Elizabeth II Sheran Harper wrote: It is with deep sadness that I receive the news of the passing of our beloved Patron, Her Majesty The Queen. On behalf of the Mothers’ Union members around the world, I join with the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in offering our love and sincere ... read more

 Posted: 9 Sep 2022 | There are 1 comments | make a comment / view comments

Cocktail Evening - CANCELLED

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Tuesday, 6 September 2022, 11:44


Enjoy a Cocktail or two!

Owing to the death of our beloved Queen Elizabeth II the Cocktail Evening for the 13 September has been CANCELLED and will be resheduled Cocktail Evening: Our first two members days are being held this month – an opportunity for members to meet with our trustees, wors ... read more

 Posted: 6 Sep 2022 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Hope:   

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Saturday, 20 August 2022, 10:11


Unlike Linda, many children now go on to live long and happy lives

About sixty-plus years ago I worked with a lady called Kath, her and her husband had just one daughter called Linda. Kath was in her early thirties and I was in my teens. Because we worked next to each other, she would often talk to me and tell me things about her young daughter. On many occasions Kath would say how tired her Linda was when she ret ... read more

 Posted: 20 Aug 2022 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Mary Sumner Day Service

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Friday, 5 August 2022, 08:16


Mary Mumner Service

Mary Sumner Day Service: The diocese will be holding a service of celebration at 2pm on Tuesday 9th August to mark this year’s Mary Sumner Day. Members may join us live at Holy Trinity Church, Barkingside or by Zoom. The service will begin with a welcome and as you gather to celebrate and hope to be inspired by the example of the founder of ... read more

 Posted: 5 Aug 2022 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Bishop Edward.

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Friday, 29 July 2022, 08:14


Lucy with Bishop Edward and his wife Mary

It is with grateful thanks to the Lambeth Conference volunteers as they managed to send messages to poor Lucy Bubb who had been dashing around Heathrow airport terminals trying to locate Bishop Edward and his wife Mary who had travelled to England from Rejaf, in South Soudan in order to attend the Lambeth Conference. It appears that their flight ha ... read more

 Posted: 29 Jul 2022 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Domestic Abuse

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Monday, 25 July 2022, 09:06


Fearing for their lives.

When I reached my middle teens, I can often recall my mother saying, something along the lines of ‘If a man ever lays a hand on you get away fast’. But, only ever knowing a gentle, loving father, I didn’t really understand the significance of her statement and never did for I was fortunate enough to meet and marry a kind, thoughtf ... read more

 Posted: 25 Jul 2022 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

News from Jamaica and Cayman Islands

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Monday, 18 July 2022, 08:52


Water is Life

News from the Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands: Lucy Bubb was kind enough to forward this newsletter to me from Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. It talks of encouraging MU members to join together in prayer: We all know that prayer is of the utmost importance and even if there is nothing else, we can do – we can pray – and th ... read more

 Posted: 18 Jul 2022 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Summer of Hope:

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 6 July 2022, 08:32


Lillian Irving from the Wickford and Runwell branch and her grandson Jonathan.

Our Summer of Hope 2022 is so special because it is devoted to women in leadership, those who have been a major source of inspiration and encouragement to us and will continue to do so. We had the amazing opportunity to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of our Patron, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11: whilst we reflect on the life and work of our founde ... read more

 Posted: 6 Jul 2022 | There are 1 comments | make a comment / view comments

Ukraine Refugees:

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 29 June 2022, 11:44


Children under fire...

Ukraine Refugees: England has always been known as a country of welcome and sanctuary for those who are afraid for their lives. I can remember living in the Eastend of London, Bethnal Green, just a stone’s throw from Whitechapel, where many Jews came to settle, fleeing from Nazi Germany. I learned many years later that we were the only Europ ... read more

 Posted: 29 Jun 2022 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Jamaica and the Cayman Islands

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Monday, 4 April 2022, 12:03


A full version of the photo is below

News from Jamaica and the Cayman Islands: Please see this delightful photo of the Cross with its rosettes. The photo was sent from Sandi B to Lucy Bubb, who kindly sent it on to me. Along with the photo, Sandi said that she hoped we all had a lovely and enjoyable Ladies Day and Mothering Sunday. Sandi told us that they had a combination service to ... read more

 Posted: 4 Apr 2022 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Thoughts on March from CDMU President

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Friday, 1 April 2022, 10:12


Thoughts on March

Thoughts on March: As we went through March, the slower pace of Lent was most welcome. I am particularly fortunate to have been able to enjoy a short cruise holiday in the glorious spring weather to Amsterdam, Hamburg and Antwerp. We had heard of the wonderful Ruebens paintings in the Cathedral of Our Lady, Antwerp. They are indeed impressive, but ... read more

 Posted: 1 Apr 2022 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Mothering Sunday 

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Monday, 28 March 2022, 10:40


The joy of Mothering Sunday

I hope many of you were able to attend your church to celebrate Mothering Sunday on the 27th March. I am sure we were all able to appreciate not having to wear masks so that we could sing some joyous hymns and speak God’s words in the way we have always been able to enjoy. I was delighted to hear from Kemi Ademola MU Leader at Emmanuel Church ... read more

 Posted: 28 Mar 2022 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

A message from our Diocesan President Maxine Paul:

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Tuesday, 1 March 2022, 07:45


Holy Collect

A message from our Diocesan President Maxine Paul: After the busyness of preparing for the Commissioning service hotly followed by my first Trustees meeting, February was a time for fact-finding and what a lot of facts there are to find out about who does what, where, when, why and how in CDMU! I was also privileged to represent CDMU at the Conse ... read more

 Posted: 1 Mar 2022 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Be happy:

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Saturday, 12 February 2022, 13:40


Be happy.

In the Autumn 2021 edition of Connected. There is an article by Bishop Emma Ineson entitled ‘Finding Joy in Whatever Life Holds’. A truly beautiful article, all about the Joy that we can find in the bible and the Christian Faith and how we can pass that joy into other people. The bishop’s article has inspired me to write somethin ... read more

 Posted: 12 Feb 2022 | There are 1 comments | make a comment / view comments

Our new President Maxine

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Friday, 21 January 2022, 17:05


Our new President Maxine on her special day,

As we begin the new Triennium, I, personally, face one of the biggest challenges of my life. In her sermon on Sunday, Mo Margaret Chapman said we had to listen when Jesus called and respond which meant making transformations in our lives. Well, when I responded to our past-president Judith’s request to pray about finding her successor, I l ... read more

 Posted: 21 Jan 2022 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments