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York Provincial Service in Liverpool Cathedral
On Saturday, 6th November Lynne Hibbert and I (Di Waller both from Henbury MU) set off to Liverpool to attend the Mothers’ Union Provincial Eucharist. Can I say that Liverpool Cathedral is the first Cathedral we have been in where we had to take our coats off as it was so warm.
The procession of banners at the start of the service made your skin tingle, it was such a lovely sight. The Right Reverend Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool preached. He is an MU member and wore his MU facemask. His sermon was thoughtful, short and amusing. He talked a lot about the work of the Mothers’ Union and the work we do in this country and abroad. It was a lovely service starting with the rousing hymn “Tell Out My Soul” followed by “Love Divine”, “Be Still for the Presence of the Lord” and ending with “Lord for that Word’’. We had a great day and returned home having experienced a lovely afternoon with MU friends, worship and fellowship.


Annual Gathering 2022
The good news is that we will be holding our Annual Gathering in Belfast in 2022 - with a Cathedral service on Friday 23rd September and the Annual Gathering at the International Conference Centre on Saturday 24th September, so put the dates in your diary now!

Norbury Branch
On Sunday October 17th Norbury Mothers' Union groups held a service lead by the vicar Revd. Joshua Asquith to Commission the new banner made by Mrs. Patricia Rigley from St. Georges' Church Stockport. During the Communion service, Wendy Sykes, gave a short talk about the Work of the Mothers' Union throughout the world.
Following the service, the Revd. Joshua presented Mrs. Florence Barlow with a certificate for 40 years membership of the Mothers' Union.
On Wednesday October 20th Norbury Afternoon group held a party to celebrate their 76th birthday.A short service was held followed by Tea and cake. Members from both branches attended.

2021 News from Cheadle Deanery
Moyra Cryer and Hamida Adkins of St. Michael and All Angels, Bramhall branch walked 83 miles to raise funds for building a hostel in Newala Diocese in Tanzania. This was in memory of Keith, the husband of Jean Fenwick, who died of Covid-19 last April. They called it WALK FOR KEITH and did 5 mile walks 3 times a week in March and April 2021.
It was Keith’s dream to build a Hostel which would generate income through welcoming visitors and tourists. Moyra and Hamida have raised £6,000 so far in donations with Gift Aid contributions.

Diocesan Festival 2020
A few pictures taken on Saturday 29th February at the Diocesan Festival.

Prison Ministry
The latest batch of items which will be delivered to Thorn Cross and Styal Prison next week.
This batch includes release bags, foil blankets, waterproof ponchos, birthing bags and associated contents.
Thanks to members across the Diocese who have donated monies to our Prison Ministry to enable the purchase of all these items.

Journey into Light Art Exhibition
St Stephen's, Prenton has been hosting, for 11 days, the Journey into Light Exhibition of Art produced by prisoners at Styal and Thorn Cross prisons. Joan Colwell came and explained how the exhibition had come about and what Mothers' Union has done in the past and is now doing at those prisons. It has been a real privilege to host this exhibition and, as it passes on to other churches, finishing at St George's, Stockport, I hope they have a similar response. See Birkenhead Deanery page for Grace Blackmore's poem which was written for and read at our meeting in church.

Collecting Tins
The collecting tins have arrived in the office. We are awaiting delivery of the cardboard collecting boxes.
The order form is on the Resources page.

Cheshire Show

Office Meeting Room Available
The first group used the meeting room at the office on 18th June. It all went very well and it was lovely to welcome members into the office.
I would love to have more groups visiting the office.
Dawn Colwell MU Diocesan Secretary

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